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Moustache bar serrated washer alternative

Discussion in '240Z / 260Z / 280Z' started by AliK, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. AliK

    AliK
    Z Club Member
    Staff Member Moderator

    Ok gang, if like me your washers are missing or seen better days and you don't want to spend over £200 for some NOS old rubber, here is a simple solution.

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    I kept getting clonks when on power and the rear wheels going over very lumpy roads. Particularly bad on the left side.

    Lo and behold, no serrated washer in sight on the left and just one top one on the right. Clearly the moustache bar is connecting metal on metal when loaded up. What you see at the top of the pic is my first attempt with butchering an old Audi Q5 ARB bush - that made it better but didn't work well enough.

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    I took a poly compression bar bush that I am no longer using and it appears to be a near perfect size. (Using poly on front of compression bar and rubber at the rear).

    http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/classic20m01b/23-4138

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    I cut it roughly into quarters with a hack saw - measuring my one remaining bush, it's about 10mm depth. I went closer to 8mm to allow some room for the moustache bar to move freely.

    I couldn't be bothered with taking the bar / diff off to fit so I added a cut to be able to slide it on around the bolt - Pacman style.

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    After some sweaty effort and mild language it went on. Being poly it was hard to open up the mouth to slot it in. However, on the upside once past the bolt it just "clicked" into place and it's never going to come out without dismantling. Ideally I would have used a rubber bush but uncompressed they are smaller; the poly bush uncompressed is practically spot on to within a couple of millimetres.

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    I'll do a better photo of the other side when I next Jack the rear up.

    Over 50 clunk free miles (including some serious "old boy-racer" antics) later and I feel happy enough with the result to write it up. Not a clunk except from the diff mount insulator when coming off the power during old-boy-racer antics; which will have to wait until I transplant the 3.9 diff.
     
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  2. toopy

    toopy
    Z Club Member

    Nice one Ali :thumbs:

    I get the odd clunk, normally when driving onto or off my drive as it is on a slight gradient to the road and i generally approach at an angle, which compresses the passenger rear suspension more.

    Under the back of the car just yesterday, reassembling the brakes and i noticed most of the parts of the lower bush on that side are indeed missing!
     
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  3. toopy

    toopy
    Z Club Member

    A question for those in the know.... why are the bushes shaped like a Toblerone anyway?
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  4. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    To give them just the right amount of compliance. They act as sound/vibration dampeners as much as they do mechanical bushings (if that makes sense...?).
     
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  5. AliK

    AliK
    Z Club Member
    Staff Member Moderator

    Thanks chap. If you want to do the same I have another bush I would gladly donate when we next see each other.

    Thanks for the clarification Alan - I thought it was something to do with compression/compliance but hadn't thought about the noise aspect. Then again it's hard to hear much over my exhaust, except clunks of course ;)
     
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