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    Here are some general condition shots. I have removed the wheel arch liners and louvred panels in some to inspect behind and then to refurb them. All panels and chassis components look to be in good order. Could be an area of some concern but I'm happy with what I've found.

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    Some more general condition shots. Just a very small amount of surface corrosion in a couple of places. Happy to say the chassis is solid. Minor cosmetic tidying will sort that out.

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    Here are the wheel arch liners. Feel quite brittle so beware of damaging when removing. Held in with half a dozen or so small screws. Some needed a bit of patience but I managed to get them out ok.

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    Strip down of front suspension is not a difficult job for people with a general knowledge of mechanics and some ability with a tool set although when it comes to removing the steering rack and roll bar these can be very challenging. I dont have the time to go through every nut and bolt but I will highlight a few things that you should note when dismantling. Plus there is plenty of info on most of this work out there I'm sure. Firstly, remove the brake discs,callipers and brake pad wear warning wiring.
    Remove ABS sensor. Can sometimes be very tight so be careful levering on it if so. Plenty of WD40 or the like first.

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    Then the track rod end with appropriate splitter. Do not use a hammer directly on the hub carrier to shock it out as its aluminium and will damage the surface easily.

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    Remove metal brake pipes from rubber hoses located on the small brackets behind the hub. 17mm spanner for the rubber hose and an 11mm brake pipe spanner.

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    Looking behind the hub you can see the castle nuts for the top and bottom ball joints. These are secured with split
    pins. They all looked fairly rusty so rather than struggling with the split pins in this position I decided to undo the ball
    joints at the suspension arms instead and deal with the pins on the bench where I would have better access.

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    Removing the bottom ball joint bolts. The inner one also holds the bottom of the shock absorber.
    Photo at the bottom for some reason.
    Take note of the position of the shims between the arm and ball joint front and rear. Do not mix these up as they control your caster angles so I would advise bagging them up and marking the position they are removed from as you go.
    Obviously a wheel alignment will be carried out later and these numbers checked but at least you are back where
    you started. I would not expect to see a big change in caster angles if repositioned correctly.

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    Here are the shims.

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    Complete hub removed.

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    Nice work (and photos)! :-)

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    With the hub removed there is good access to the shock absorber. The top mounting nuts are in the under bonnet
    area. On the near side they are not accessible without removing the ABS ecu. An easy job. Just two nuts.

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    Shock absorber top attachment nuts. Don't undo the 17mm nut in the middle. Just the four 13mm.

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    Here is the ECU to move. Ive removed the securing nuts in the one photo. You can flop it to one side then. I did
    not disconnect it but you could.

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    Shocker removed.

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    Forgot this pic. Undoing top ball joint. Never been good at posting without mistakes. Im better just playing with
    spanners. Two 13mm nuts and bolts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irarref View Post
    Nice work (and photos)! :-)
    Photos not so good. Artificial light issue. Will try to do better with a different camera as my phone is not up to the dark
    area stuff really.

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    Keep them coming Nick

    I love these threads
    Always learn something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotusk View Post
    Keep them coming Nick

    I love these threads
    Always learn something.
    Im trying to catch up with my posting. Ive not had the time as you probably realise.

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