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Old 01-07-2003, 12:33 PM
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Rear Suspention needs help

So I just got 4 new tires but I can't get my poorly aligned tires aligned. My rear suspention is nearly shot. My control arms are all good, but the 3 other bars that link up to it are shot, the bushings are rusting and my wheels are loose (you can shake them horazantaly). I got a picture from another Post, i couldn't find out what there called... Could someone identify these parts...Exclude the control arms in the picture, i think two are Thrust Arms, but im not too familar with the rear suspention components. Also in this a DIY job, i got money for the parts, but not the 100+/hour for labor.

Ohh, can i just replace the bushings??? or do i have to replace all the bars

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Old 01-07-2003, 04:36 PM
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Bushings are not replacable, the entire link is replaced. The pictues shows the torque, thrust, tie rod, and camber arms. You'll need new sleeves & new bolt kits as the old sleeves and bolt kits won't work with the new parts. The bottom of the wheel carrier has a support joint to which the lower control arm attaches. IT must be pressed out and a new one pressed in. This will require a tool (e.g. $100 from Baum Tools) or creative use of bolts, nuts, washers, & socket to act as a puller/pusher. New bolt kits use 18 mm nuts and 12 mm XZN driver. Axle should be horizontal when tightening the links. Differential bushings may also need replacing and require another tool (e.g. $100 from Baum Tools) or creative use as mentioned above.

Its relatively straighfoward, but can be time consuming as there is not a lot of room to get in there and tighten the bolts (particularly with the new bolt kits). I rebuilt my suspension with the subframe out of the car.

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Old 01-07-2003, 05:19 PM
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I kinda figured I had to replace the bars. but i don't need to replace the cambering bar, nor the control arm... Heres a pic of what i do need to replace (my actual car)... Could someone help me with the names again...I know one is a Thrust Arm, and i can't find "Torque" on fastlane, so i don't know if it's the real name. and i know there are no tie rods in the rear.

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oh and would i still need all those tools if i'm just doing this stuff??
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Old 01-07-2003, 05:28 PM
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The rear suspension of a 124 has FIVE links on each side. In the picture you show, from top down, then right: thrust arm, camber arm, torque arm, & tie rod. The tie rod has a ball joint on the side that bolts to the wheel carrier and an eccentirc cam bolt thru the subframe. The lower control arm is not pictured.

At 138,000 miles you may not need all the links, or diff bushings. The torque and thrust arms are good starting point. They are cheap and require no special tools except the 12 mm XZN driver.

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Old 01-07-2003, 05:34 PM
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hey, thanks so very much.
But I can't find a price or whatnot for a "torque", is there another name? or does fastlane just not have them

thanks again
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Old 01-07-2003, 05:41 PM
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I didn't see it either, I'd call Phil @ Fastlane and ask!
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