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Triumph TR6 - Front end Bushings
|I am planning to have my front bushings changed out. Can anyone advise on what this would typically cost to have done and could a typical frame repair shop handle this or is it a must to go to a shop that specializes in the TR6.|
|If you have a spot to do it, it is quite easily yourself.|
|If your don't want to do it yourself I'm sure there is a local British car club that can direct you to a trusted shop in your area. Maybe even a couple of folks who'd help you do it.|
Maybe you have good reasons for wanting the job done by someone else, but if you have any space to do the job I recommend you do it yourself. The front suspension was the first job I did after buying my TR6 and it was a very satisfying experience, and gave me a lot of confidence to tackle other projects. It took me a month because I decided to strip and paint everything while I was doing the job, but you could probably do the job in a weekend if you were prepared to live with a bit of dirt. You don't need a lot of tools - I did the suspension before I had a tool collection to speak of, just a few spanners and a basic socket set - I even had to borrow a hammer to do the two hammer ball joint separating technique. I made a spring compressor for about $10 with parts from Home Depot.
I used to have a TR7 as my everyday transport, and at first I insisted that anything to do with the suspension, steering or brakes went to a mechanic. While their experience counts for a lot, my boss at the time pointed out that the people taking mechanic jobs tend not to be the brightest and the best (I am sure that there are many exceptions). He suggested I try the job myself and I found that it is really not that complicated. I think I now enjoy workign on the car more than I enjoy driving it! If you get stuck you can always ask for advice here. I assume that you have a workshop manual? If not there is one on Rick Crawford's excellent CD of TR6 information - let me know if you don't have a copy and I will post one to you.
Thanks. Could you post to Sdaley@LL.MIT.edu? I apprec iate the encouragement and suggestions by all.
The files are too big to e-mail. If you e-mail me a postal address I will happily send you a copy of the CD. firstname.lastname@example.org
This thread was discussed between 08/11/2007 and 11/11/2007
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