Thanks!I bought complete strut top kits from TPS.
I think the oe ones are made from a stronger compound rubber as the cupras are a sportier car.
Id go oe if i were you.
You may buy some off Ebay etc or aftermarket that'll fit but you wouldn't be sure of the rubber quality/compound.
Think the kit is new bush, top bearing, nut n washer.
Was about £100 for the 2 kits if memory serves.
To be honest it looked better than I was expecting and the bearing was fine. Nearside still needs to be done though - had a van blocking the street so I couldn't work in the road without getting buzzed by cars. It's definitely squashed though. Looking forward to a road test tomorrow.Hard to say. They both look the same
A definate hidden horror though.
I can't speak for yours, but mine was pretty knackered too and other than having to chip away at the plastic sleeve that was left on the ARB, I didn't really have any trouble putting new bushes on. It's rusty and the powdercoat has cracked and come off, so I'll probably treat it at some point and spray it, just to keep the rust off. Putting a new ARB on the front will involve dropping the subframe and by all accounts sounds like it would be a right pain in the backside - and expensive too... Rear ARB is ridiculously easy to put on though, but there does seem to be some "science" about the thickness of the front ARB compared to the rear.Front ARB bushes likely won't come out without snapping the ARB at that age. At least that's what the garage told me last month because mine's knackered! They recommended I get an H&R one and worth getting the rear as well, so just trying to find the £360
It felt much more snug when I jacked up the knuckle to tighten everything up, and it was nice to have the top cap flush again, rather than sticking out an inch. It's mad that every time I was going over an uneven road or speed bumps or whatever, that there was that much up and down movement between the bush and the top mount.I know what you mean but it hasn't got the weight of the car pushing down on it now.
Take another 5-8mm off for that.
As if, its just 2 crusty clamps and out it comes. I doubt the ARB would break if it hadnt done already if it was that bad.Front ARB bushes likely won't come out without snapping the ARB at that age. At least that's what the garage told me last month because mine's knackered! They recommended I get an H&R one and worth getting the rear as well, so just trying to find the £360