Well, after a battle of Tolkeinesque proportions, the bushes and their sleeves are finally out of the rear springs  Taking onboard everyone’s advice, I started by attacking the bushes themselves with a blowlamp.

Capri leaf spring bush removal with blowtorch

Whilst it was fun, the novelty wore off real quickly once it got smelly … and then the muesli-eating kids from a few doors down started taunting me about my environmental footprint  Getting the sleeves out should have been nice and simple, but I think the chap on the spring assembly line in Germany was having a bad day when he put these ones in – so he did the eye’s up extra tight and smeared everything with Superglue just for a laugh 

I said a few choice words. The sleeves just shrugged. I hit them with a hammer and a cold chisel. They bent over a bit. I cut them through with a hacksaw. They didn’t care. I twatted them really hard lots of times with a 4lb lump hammer and a Fat Max chisel … they lost 

Capri leaf spring bushes versus hammers and FatMax chisel

The springs then got cleaned up and got a dose of worm poison, ready for painting.

Capri single leaf rear springs

The “new” front and rear ARBs have been stripped of their old paint and surface rust, threads chased out and a splash of poison. These are 24mm front and 14mm rear to replace the originals on the car which are 20mm and 10mm respectively. A few millimetres doesn’t sound like a lot of difference, but the extra rigidity should result in less flex.

Capri 24mm front anti roll bar ARB and 14mm rear

Whilst cleaning up the front ARB, I noticed there’s indentations on each thread where it looks like something’s been screwed into it  It’s not a hole going all the way through, just a dent – any ideas?

Capri anti roll bar split pin hole

 

 

EDIT 06/11/07 :

Dave : It is a hole going all the way through it. 
Your one has the remains of a split pin in it. The old trick to getting the castle nut off, even when the split pin wouldn’t come out or snapped off was to just undo the nut with a bit of brute force. Shears the split pin and leaves it looking like in that pic.
Clean it out using a drill, you can’t go wrong as the bit follows the old hole. (as long as the drill bit isn’t massively over sized)
Use a new split pin when you reassemble and cover it in grease. 

Group4_Mark2 : What are the thicker anti roll bars off. Which are on the 2L laser?

Rude Dog : IIRC the thicker ARB’s are off the 2.8i’s but I’m sure Stu will be able to say for sure 

me : Not for sure , but I think that earlier base-spec models came with 20/10, and the 3.0/2.8 with 24/14. I think that the “S” models were introduced with 22/12 and then later Lasers ended up with either 22/12 or 24/14 – depending upon what was around on that day of production  For a more accurate answer, find a man with an anorak 

Any which way, it makes it complicated when ordering bushes as you won’t always know what size you need. Best way is to simply put a set of verniers on ’em and see