Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

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Re: Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

Post by David » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:06 am

Just to add, When removing the rear arms on the 4x4; Undo the drive shaft nut before you jack the car up & then follow the instructions for a standard 2 wheel drive arm. Then as your lowering the arm the drive shaft will come out of the hub & the arm will come off the car.

Apart from the different hubs between the 4x4 & 2 wheel drive, the arms appear to be identical.

Hopefully that will help someone out.
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Re: Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

Post by nige » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:12 pm

i just know that if i ever get these arms off they are going to be elongated.

For a quick solution is it possible to buy reconditioned arms? or can i send mine away anywhere to get reconned?

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Re: Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

Post by Cromptons » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:12 pm

Does anyone have any spare shims? Or does anyone know dimensions? Just rang the dealers and its £16 per shim!"!!!!

(stripped my trailing arms and no shims fitted....)

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Re: Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

Post by themildbunch » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:38 pm

Thats a crazy price.. I bought a pack of shims from the dealers a couple of years ago and they were nothing like £16!..

I have some but I think the general consensus if if they weren't there when you take the arms of you'll probably be ok just putting the arm back on.. I know I did and there was no play - night and day difference after changing these bearings though... very satisfying job.
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Re: Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

Post by Defender110 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:11 am

themildbunch wrote:but I think the general consensus if if they weren't there when you take the arms of you'll probably be ok just putting the arm back on.. I know I did and there was no play - night and day difference after changing these bearings though... very satisfying job.
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Re: Replacing Rear Arm Bearings

Post by mat_fenwick » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:13 pm

I don't think they sell the shims separately, but £16 for a pack (described as wedges(!) last time I bought some) sounds about right. The tolerances in the arms are likely to be much larger than the bearing tolerances, so you'll probably get acceptable if not identical preload on the bearings just using whatever size shim (or lack of) as was originally fitted. The bearings don't seem to fail from wear anyway, rather lack of lubrication after water ingress.
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