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    Hi Guys
    I was not about to pay in excess of R2000 to replace control arms so I found TheBushKing in Pretoria http://www.thebushking.co.za/.

    They made and fitted replacement bushings on the old control arms.
    So far they are working better then the original rubber bushings that was fitted.

    All in it cost me R1050

    Feel free to give them a call. Speak to Andre and tell them Mario sent you.

    Will give more feedback after 1000Km
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    That is brilliant. Now I dont have to import 2 control arms from Amazon for R2500. Thanks for this I really would like to know how they hold up on gravel as well
    2008 Suzuki Jimny - Mine / 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2l V6 Auto - Hers



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    Looks great, how long did they take to do them? Wish I'd kept my old arms now.....could make spares

    Suzi Blue , 2008 Nocturne Blue Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2 V6

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    Very nice, thanks for the info.

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    They are very stable on the dirt roads. I live on a farm in Magaliesburg and do about 14Km dirt every time I go out. They took a day to make and fit but I am sure it will be quicker next time as my car was the first GV they did.

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    That's great service. ...did they remove and refit the arms for you too?

    Suzi Blue , 2008 Nocturne Blue Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2 V6

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    Frontrunner RoofRack, NL 2nd Battery Box, Llumar sun protection
    16" Hyundai Tucson rims, 235/70R16 General Grabber AT3 tyres

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    When are these normally replaced..? How would you know?

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    I removed the arms myself. Took about 20 minutes per side. Only 3 nuts and bolts to undo.
    The most difficult part is to disconnect the side by the ball joint.

    To put them back in takes about 30 minutes per side. just make sure you put them in with the big bushing on the back of the arm in first.

    Now I need to replace my struts. I found the KYB replacement struts at Midas for R780 a strut. Unfortunately they have to order them first because they don’t keep them on the shelf’s.

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    Hi Zenbaas
    You will feel it on your steering wheel as a slight shudder and you may hear a nocking sound. You can also see if they are thorn by jacking up the car and removing the wheel.
    The normal rubber bushings only last about 80 000 km depending on the type of driving. They should last longer if you mainly drive on tar.

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    Thanks for the reply Kermit!

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    Well done!! My suspension knock has got worse and Suzuki could not diagnose the cause. They checked all bushes and certified them all to be in good order. I now have a severe suspension knock on the front right, sounds like a broken shock mount, loose stabilizer bar of something. Suzuki dealership says it might be tie rod ends, I am not convinced. Anyone that can recommend suspension specialists to check it out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kierie View Post
    Well done!! My suspension knock has got worse and Suzuki could not diagnose the cause. They checked all bushes and certified them all to be in good order. I now have a severe suspension knock on the front right, sounds like a broken shock mount, loose stabilizer bar of something. Suzuki dealership says it might be tie rod ends, I am not convinced. Anyone that can recommend suspension specialists to check it out?
    Tie rod ends are fairly easy to check if you jack up and take your wheel off, there should be no play in them while you manipulate the tie rod.

    While it is jacked up, check the rear suspension bush ion the control arm is not torn ...otherwise possibility the shock mounting/lift spacer is loose/damaged or the strut bearing is gone. ..you will have to remove the strut to check. Speedy can do it.....there is only so many things it can be.

    Your wheel nuts are tight?.....just asking

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveysmith View Post
    Tie rod ends are fairly easy to check if you jack up and take your wheel off, there should be no play in them while you manipulate the tie rod.

    While it is jacked up, check the rear suspension bush ion the control arm is not torn ...otherwise possibility the shock mounting/lift spacer is loose/damaged or the strut bearing is gone. ..you will have to remove the strut to check. Speedy can do it.....there is only so many things it can be.

    Your wheel nuts are tight?.....just asking

    This nut checked the wheel nuts, before sending the GV to the dealership. They could not find anything loose or perished. Initially my thoughts were shock mount, strut bearing, stabilizer bar links or lower control arms. I will take it to a Supaquick or Speedy soon enough.

    Thanks!
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    Ek het onlangs die anti-roll bar/stabilizer bar se bushings laat vervang.Een van die groot knak geluide is nou weg. Die grease monkey het gese hy was nog fine... Hy't hom vervang want ek het gese hy moet
    2008 Suzuki Jimny - Mine / 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2l V6 Auto - Hers



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kermit69 View Post
    Hi Guys
    I was not about to pay in excess of R2000 to replace control arms so I found TheBushKing in Pretoria http://www.thebushking.co.za/.

    They made and fitted replacement bushings on the old control arms.
    So far they are working better then the original rubber bushings that was fitted.

    All in it cost me R1050

    Feel free to give them a call. Speak to Andre and tell them Mario sent you.

    Will give more feedback after 1000Km
    Hey Kermit

    Im picking up on this thread because im needing to replace the rear bushes of my LCA, which I found out requires the whole unit. Apparently its not urgent but I got 2 trips coming up. My sway bar links also need replacimg eish.

    Can I ask if you think they would be able to make up another set based on your order? Being from cpt its a bit difficult to send up a LCA, unless theres more of us here on the forum thats needing a replacement? Perhaps theres someone up north willing to send theres in?

    Tx

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    I actually do need a replacement as well, car has been creaking for a while now, and just have not made time to do it yet.

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    Sending samples to a guy in cpt, sounds like its a tad cheaper than the guy in jhb. This jhb guy is also strange, he wont gove you an address to send the stuff. He wants the courier to phone him Wtf....

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    They have arrived
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    Let us know when fitted how they do please. And where you got them from, I need some as well.

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    Mine is also creaking and handling is a little suspect so I need to follow as well

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