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#1613803 - 01/01/2018 21:41 Engine Stabiliser Bar
Lee_k Offline
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Registered: 01/09/2017
Posts: 96
Loc: Staffordshire
Hi all,

So i can moved my engine around myself... movement appears to be the usual stabiliser bar.

I've seen the guide on here for putting powerflex bushings in which sounds great, but i'm a little put off by the cutting/drilling of the PU.

Are there any bushings i can buy that are a direct fit?

Lee

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#1613804 - 01/01/2018 22:17 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
adam16vt Offline
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Registered: 01/04/2010
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Loc: norwich, norfolk
I'm pretty sure I've seen the actual bars on eBay including the bushes

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#1614094 - 06/01/2018 10:06 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
sharman Offline
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Registered: 13/04/2014
Posts: 176
Loc: norwich
It depends which type you have. One type has the bushes in both ends of the stabilizer bar, they come with the bushes pre installed and are simple to fit.
The other type has one bush in the bar and the other in the alloy casing bolted to the engine. That's the hard one. Even if you can get the bush you'd have to remove that casing ( which is a huge job) to press the bush in.
When I did this I'd say that drilling the of the new PU bush was the easiest part of job

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#1614096 - 06/01/2018 10:52 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
nismo Offline
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360bhp coupe gone , now M5 f10 700bhp

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#1614097 - 06/01/2018 11:34 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
GrahamL Offline
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The bushes everyone recommends are narrower than the original Fiat part but I found by grinding a few mm off each one I could fit two side by side in the bracket and that should work even better as it's contacting more fresh rubber in the outer part.

And only about £4 each, eg. ebay # 391160070361 or 362045851825 , or search for "Febi Bilstein 12062". The Quinton Hazell EMB2684 bush is identical but a bit more expensive.

Note that the very last coupes had a different stabiliser bar design so check if this applies to your 20v/t before ordering the above parts.

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#1614098 - 06/01/2018 11:36 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: nismo]
GrahamL Offline
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Registered: 17/12/2005
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Originally Posted By nismo
just buy a good secondhand one off the forum


They only look to include the built in bush at the top which doesn't wear, it's the bush at the engine support bracket side that wears and needs replaced.

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#1614262 - 09/01/2018 17:51 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
Lee_k Offline
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Yeah i was thinking of just replacing both bushes cause it seems pointless to only replace one

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#1614263 - 09/01/2018 18:02 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
GrahamL Offline
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The top bush isn't replaceable like the lower one, it would need to be drilled or cut out and a new one moulded in place manually.

On the few I've looked at the top bush was showing little to no wear at all while the bottom bush was showing high wear or actually falling apart, so it's definitely not "pointless" to replace only the lower bush.

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#1614314 - 10/01/2018 21:23 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
Benharris24 Offline
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Registered: 22/10/2016
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So it's a no to powerflex? They are about £26 for the bushes

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#1614322 - 10/01/2018 23:34 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Benharris24]
ioksotot Offline
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Registered: 27/06/2008
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Loc: Kingston-upon-Hull
Been waiting for these to turn up before posting anything, but they arrived today and the quality is good:

click to enlarge

These are both bushes for the stabiliser bar in polyurethane, I came across the company by accident, they do a few Coupe bits including the front engine mount, they are called StrongFlex, coupe bits are here.

They are made to measure, unlike the Powerflex ones that you have to adapt (and I was told were not very good anyway once done). Not a bad price, cost was 29,19 Euro for both bushes and shipping to the UK.

I'll let you know what they are like once fitted laugh

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#1614377 - 11/01/2018 22:43 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: ioksotot]
Benharris24 Offline
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Registered: 22/10/2016
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Great news

Let us know if easy to fit etc.

I know I was quoted 3 hours Labour for both engine mounts to be fitted

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#1614827 - 22/01/2018 19:51 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
Lee_k Offline
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interested to know how they go!

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#1615020 - 26/01/2018 15:44 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
Lee_k Offline
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ioksotsot - did you get these fitted?

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#1616195 - 20/02/2018 23:29 Re: Engine Stabiliser Bar [Re: Lee_k]
ioksotot Offline
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Registered: 27/06/2008
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Loc: Kingston-upon-Hull
Ok, quick update to this. The uprated poly bushes fitted really well to the stabiliser bar, and has made such a huge difference to my car. Had these done along with timing belt to make fitting the engine side a little easier but really easy to fit, could have probably done it in situ. No more clutch judder or problems getting into first gear while stationary. I would never have thought something so simple could make such a difference, drives like a new Coupe now!

Can't see much apart from a small amount of red of the poly bush:

click to enlarge

Hardest part was cutting the old bushes out! smash

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