The 360 and F430 share the same front anti roll bar (ARB) setup. This post will guide you through the procedure to replace the rubber bushes that hold the ARB to the chassis and the drop links that connect the ARB to the wishbone.
Firstly, raise the front end of the car so both wheels are off the ground. If you don’t have both wheels off the ground then there will be tension in the ARB and it will be a struggle to replace the parts. Remove the road wheels.
The ARB droplink needs to be removed next. Using a 17mm spanner, unwind one end at a time. If the shock absorber bolt starts to move it can be held with another spanner.
Here’s the old and new parts side by side. My main reason for this work was to change the bushes but the droplinks are inexpensive and it would be churlish not to change them at the same time.
Now it’s time to turn your attention to the bush. Undo the mount, it is held to the chassis with two M8 bolts.
The rubber bush will be held tight in the mount – you need to pull the mount off the bush and then slide the bush off the bar.
The bush can then be taken off the bar – it has a split in it to allow this. Here are the old and new parts side by side:
The new bush can then be fitted to the bar. Lubricate both the inside and outside with something suitable like red rubber grease.
The mount can then be put back over the bush and bolted back to the chassis.
Once the mount is re-attached to the chassis the new droplink can now be fitted. The workshop manual calls for 50 Nm but I’ve got no idea how you’d use a torque wrench on it. I just did it up tightly.
I like to put an indicator on things I have done up and use a product called Torque Seal. You squeeze some across the nut/bolt and the thing you are fixing to. It dries solid and if the fastener moves it cracks and provides a visual indication.
And here’s a picture of it in place:
All that’s left is to repeat for the other side and to re-fit the road wheels. This whole job can be done in less than an hour.
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