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Front Silentbloc, how hard to change?

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  1. c4b4the04

    c4b4the04 Karting

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    Hi all,

    Well, in doing a full brake service, new radiators and a new dash upper panel, I noticed a small puddle of gear oil under the car. Seeing how it is my first year of ownership, I am still sorting out the little gremlins that time creates. Well documented car, 26k miles. Still crazy in love with it.

    You guessed it! Our beloved number "47" O-ring has failed. Ok, I can live with that job. Just add it on for the winter projects. I figured I needed a new silentbloc (36) back there anyway, so I ordered a pair a week ago (I assumed that was my vague 4th and 5th gear engagement at the end of last season. (was fine after timing belt service in June, got vague by October)

    Anyway, now that the side cover will be off, AND the new rear silentblock, how hard is it to do the front one? Can I leave the console in place and still remove the shifter? I'm up on Quick Jacks at the moment and it isn't really easy to get the seats out of the car in my one-bay garage. I'd sooner wait to do it, but don't want to go to the hassle of adjusting everything out, only to discover later the front one is old and weak.

    I'm all ears, gents. Grazie,
    Cassidy
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  2. Shamile

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    You can definitely change the front silent bloc while the shifter and center console remain in the car. Use a puller or what I did...a combination of a bolt, nut and multi sized washers to draw the silent bloc through.

    For better shifting, you may want to replace them with Verrel ( member here) delrin silent bloc replacements. I used his for both ends and it's more precise.

    The main job of the silent bloc is to prevent the transmission of engine and gear noise though the shift shaft and into the cabin. The delrin does allow for more noise but I preferred the precision.

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  3. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    I think Verrels bushings also came with a removal/installation tool. Shouldn't be hard to do without taking the car apart.
     
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    You had to pay extra for it. I just made my own.

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  5. c4b4the04

    c4b4the04 Karting

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    Ok, good to know. How much of the console has to come up/off? I am terrified of breaking something there. Oddly I had no reservations about pulling the dash completely out! Just want to be sure I get things right. Any advice on removing the AC control panel? Do I have to remove the arm rest or cassette holders?

    Thanks all. I am pretty good at fabricating tools so no worries on that. Glad it all doesn't have to come apart.

    Cassidy
     
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  7. c4b4the04

    c4b4the04 Karting

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    You are a rockstar. That work is amazing, I can't help but pour over your restoration. Love your concept of custom pullers. I can manufacture all of that on the fly. Thank you. It's funny but true, this site is one of the main reasons I felt comfortable buying an F car. Just seeing that others can do it makes you more comfortable that you can.

    I will be rigging up similar pieces as I go forward. Thank you for posting a link. I see many similarities between the Boxer and TR in these pics. Thank you!

    Cassidy
     
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  8. xplodee

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    Cassidy-

    If you're not going with OEM/rubber, machine the bushings from any material you want. No point in paying $70 for two rubber bushings if you have a lathe. I know of some rubberized polymers from Quadrant that might even be the best of both worlds. I don't know their name but I have some stock sitting around, apparently used for pulleys.
     
  9. ago car nut

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    I used Teflon.
     

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