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    Rear trailing arm bushes, help please.

    Hello everyone,

    I'm restoring an old rear VR axle and I'm hoping to change the rear trailing arm bushes for a set of powerflex ones I've bought.
    I was hoping if anyone had the vw special tool 3111 I could borrow it or maybe someone send me the specs for one so I can have one made??

    Many thanks

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    I don't think you need the tool for poly bushes mate. Stock ones on the other hand - what a nightmare!
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    You should be able to drill the rubber part of the old ones out then carefully cut the remaining sleeve with a hacksaw blade, poly ones just tap in with a bit of the supplied lube on them but some folk don't recommend them as they don't have any give in them like the original type

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    Righto ok, I'll try the cut and saw method, fingers crossed it'll come apart without too much of a fight.
    As for the give, I'm not too worried, I've got a KW v3 set of coilovers fitted so with these fitted too I'm hoping she'll corner like an F1 car, possible future track toy

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    It does radically alter the handling losing the passive rear wheel steering. It will make it more predictable and stiffer but ultimately less agile.


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    Oh that sucks, well I'm fortunate that I have a spare axle, so if the stiffness ruins the ride I'll swap it over again.

    Thanks for the help all

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    When i fitted the powerflex rear bushes, they had 3 slots in the bush where it passes through the axle, this lets water in and it rotted out the mounting points on my axle. I notice the newer powerflex bushes don't have these slots.
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