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2006 9N Polo Front Suspension Rear bush replacement


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I wanted to see if I could get some advice on my 9n polo Front Suspension Rear bush replacement. I'm looking to carry out the repairs myself but wanted to ask if I would need to take the car in for a wheel alignment once the repairs are complete? And if anyone has done a Front Suspension Rear bush replacement before and had any tips or things to avoid that they'd be willing to share? 

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Alignment requirement depends on which type of bush you use to replace what's on there, and what you undo whilst changing them.  If you fit the same type of bush as on there now and don't undo the bol

The bushes do wear out, especcially if they're pattern ones, due to the voids in the rubber that are there to make it a softer ride. If you want a longer-lasting repair, or are planning other mods, it

There are numerous examples on this and other forums how to change them on Polo 9N, Fabia etc. I have changed mine 3 times. The stock bushes (or cheap ones) will tear and wear out within 2-3 year

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Alignment requirement depends on which type of bush you use to replace what's on there, and what you undo whilst changing them.  If you fit the same type of bush as on there now and don't undo the bolts holding the console to the car, then the alignment should be OK.

 

Pitfalls include the front bolt binding up in the aluminium thread of the console as it comes out, which can be expensive and annoying (new console time, generally).  Most likely to happen if someone has previously re-used these bolts instead of replacing, in my opinion.

 

Do you know if they've been done before? What's the mileage on the car?

 

 

 

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The bushes do wear out, especcially if they're pattern ones, due to the voids in the rubber that are there to make it a softer ride. If you want a longer-lasting repair, or are planning other mods, it's worth replacing them with the bushes from an Ibiza Cupra. They're a direct replacement, and not expensive 

 

https://www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk/products/ibiza-cupra-uprated-console-bushes-for-vw-polo-skoda-fabia-and-seat-ibiza.html

 

If you've done any suspension work, it's always worth getting an alignment check doing, especcially if you can find somewhere that does a free check and just charges to adjust.

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There are numerous examples on this and other forums how to change them on Polo 9N, Fabia etc.

I have changed mine 3 times. The stock bushes (or cheap ones) will tear and wear out within 2-3 years.

I have used Meyle HD 100 610 0027/HD and had no problems for the last 7 years.

To remove the old bush and install the new one you will need (believe me a godsend) :

VW VAG Bush Remover Tool Set Silent Block Extractor Volkswagen Polo (bought ebay and do work)

Also a ratchet strap to force control arm back in, once bush in.

There are plenty of videos on how to use this tool and the whole process on youtube.

If you are okay with tools about half a day, if not a steep learning curve.

 

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On 07/04/2021 at 13:02, Pete1 said:

Alignment requirement depends on which type of bush you use to replace what's on there, and what you undo whilst changing them.  If you fit the same type of bush as on there now and don't undo the bolts holding the console to the car, then the alignment should be OK.

 

Pitfalls include the front bolt binding up in the aluminium thread of the console as it comes out, which can be expensive and annoying (new console time, generally).  Most likely to happen if someone has previously re-used these bolts instead of replacing, in my opinion.

 

Do you know if they've been done before? What's the mileage on the car?

 

 

 

It's the wishbone bush that needs replacing and this is the OEM: 1K0407183E. I planned to remove and replace the front lower ball joint nuts and the bolt holding in the control arm, I would be removing the control arm so I could remove and replace the bush whilst its still on the car, so I guess I will need an alignment after all.

 

I don't know if they've been done before unfortunately. The mileage on the car is 76k, its my first car and I only just got it in September, but it seems to be plagued with problems and its a real shame as I've grown to like the car in the short time I've had it so far.

 

Thank you for sharing your advice and tips, I'll be sure to post an update with news of it passing the MOT or not in the next few weeks.

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On 08/04/2021 at 10:00, Yeti said:

The bushes do wear out, especcially if they're pattern ones, due to the voids in the rubber that are there to make it a softer ride. If you want a longer-lasting repair, or are planning other mods, it's worth replacing them with the bushes from an Ibiza Cupra. They're a direct replacement, and not expensive 

 

https://www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk/products/ibiza-cupra-uprated-console-bushes-for-vw-polo-skoda-fabia-and-seat-ibiza.html

 

If you've done any suspension work, it's always worth getting an alignment check doing, especcially if you can find somewhere that does a free check and just charges to adjust.

I'll defiantly have a look into getting some. I just had a look and apparently Halfords offer suspension and steering checks, so I may take it there after doing the replacement as you said and get an alignment done if need be, thank you for your reply.

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On 09/04/2021 at 17:18, euler3 said:

There are numerous examples on this and other forums how to change them on Polo 9N, Fabia etc.

I have changed mine 3 times. The stock bushes (or cheap ones) will tear and wear out within 2-3 years.

I have used Meyle HD 100 610 0027/HD and had no problems for the last 7 years.

To remove the old bush and install the new one you will need (believe me a godsend) :

VW VAG Bush Remover Tool Set Silent Block Extractor Volkswagen Polo (bought ebay and do work)

Also a ratchet strap to force control arm back in, once bush in.

There are plenty of videos on how to use this tool and the whole process on youtube.

If you are okay with tools about half a day, if not a steep learning curve.

 

I've had a quick look at YouTube and other forums which were really helpful, seeing as the reviews for the Meyle are great I might use them instead of the ones I'd chosen. I was a little worried about ordering the tool off eBay, but there doesn't seem to be a standout reliable place to get them from, so I'm going to take the plunge with eBay after all. I'm okay with tools and both mechanical and electrical systems, so hopefully the job takes me less than a day. Thank you for taking the time to help me out with your advice and tips. 

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2 hours ago, JSar said:

It's the wishbone bush that needs replacing and this is the OEM: 1K0407183E. I planned to remove and replace the front lower ball joint nuts and the bolt holding in the control arm, I would be removing the control arm so I could remove and replace the bush whilst its still on the car, so I guess I will need an alignment after all.

 

 

That part number is OK to use, and if you did, and just undid the bolts you mention, then alignment should be as before the change (if that's the part that's currently fitted). No harm in getting it checked though. Only earlier versions starting 6Q0, without the X-shaped rubber ribs should definitely be avoided for lack of duraility. Those just had single vertical rubber ribs above/below the hex, and don't last well at all.

 

If the console-to-chassis bolts are undone or a different style of bush is fitted then alignment is likely to need adjustment. If you look carefully at photos of genuine or good aftermarket copies of 1K0407183E bushes, the 'central' hexagonal hole is off-centre laterally (so the bush has to be installed in the correct orientation) some of the alternatives have this feature dead centre so are likely to need alignment after fitting.

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