GT front-end suspension / subframe refresh

Rspiller60

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Thought it worthwhile to show the works being completed to my new-to-me GT 4.2.

*(need to work on my image hosting clearly...)

Bought after a PPI by Prestige that identified dust in the place of the front suspension bushes. Thankfully the dealer had already forked out for the drivers side upper and lower arms+bushes from Eurospares so I just needed Dale to source the bush kit for the near-side.

Here is the state of the bushes / subrame on first removal of the wheels.

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Bushes and bolts seized in place so four had to be cut across the front axle. Then onto rust removal and prevention.

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Looking a bit better, so once three coats of preventative treatment were dry, waxoyl put onto as a final coat.

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Much cleaner! This is how she sits currently as Maserati only had one bolt in stock! Back on Friday to reassemble.

In the meantime new battery ordered to try and resolve the voltage issues throwing a load of codes. Also had a n unnerving rattle on startup yesterday, but it has only ever happened once from cold and not everytime. Didn't sound exactly like the variator rattle clips i have seen so something to explore on Friday. This is how she looks normally!

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Gazcw

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Thought it worthwhile to show the works being completed to my new-to-me GT 4.2.

*(need to work on my image hosting clearly...)

Bought after a PPI by Prestige that identified dust in the place of the front suspension bushes. Thankfully the dealer had already forked out for the drivers side upper and lower arms+bushes from Eurospares so I just needed Dale to source the bush kit for the near-side.

Here is the state of the bushes / subrame on first removal of the wheels.

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href=" https://flic.kr/p/2kWBE7Q " title="20210503_134540"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51157519068_174a6f44b1_z.jpg" width="360" height="640" alt="20210503_134540"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Bushes and bolts seized in place so four had to be cut across the front axle. Then onto rust removal and prevention.

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href=" https://flic.kr/p/2kWG7TQ " title="20210503_180420"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158389590_1ca15cea69_z.jpg" width="360" height="640" alt="20210503_180420"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Looking a bit better, so once three coats of preventative treatment were dry, waxoyl put onto as a final coat.

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href=" https://flic.kr/p/2kWEtwm " title="20210503_185828"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158068764_1f810c9912_z.jpg" width="360" height="640" alt="20210503_185828"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Much cleaner! This is how she sits currently as Maserati only had one bolt in stock! Back on Friday to reassemble.

In the meantime new battery ordered to try and resolve the voltage issues throwing a load of codes. Also had a n unnerving rattle on startup yesterday, but it has only ever happened once from cold and not everytime. Didn't sound exactly like the variator rattle clips i have seen so something to explore on Friday. This is how she looks normally!

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href=" https://flic.kr/p/2kWG7RR " title="20210424_181852"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158389475_0f3c55b496_n.jpg" width="320" height="180" alt="20210424_181852"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
I see you have the rare Brembo spring dampers
 

Ebenezer

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Seems to be that if you have a flash car the colour has to be muted, but if a "normal car then go as loud as you like! Flash car + flash colour = very shouty and attention seeking!
Eb
 

Rspiller60

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Was trying to get a good shot of the flake as in the sun it is lovely!

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The suspension is an interesting one, seems to be a lot of debate on Skyhook and it wasn't a specific desire but most seem to have it. I was mainly looking for a Bordeaux car and then taking everything else into consideration.
 

philw696

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Just in time I would say.
The flexi hose unions need a tidy up too.
Good old British winter weather certainly does some damage.
This is what my French 2010 Jaguar XF that's done 260,000 kilometers looks like with no salt on the roads here.
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Wanderer

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Got my QP in the local garageman's ramps and had a good poke at mine, all good, some surface rust but no holes or flaking, doesn't look like they've ever been treated either. Car lived most of it's life in Waterford too.....