• Christian
    3 September 2012 at 11:24 #49572

    I’m probably wasting my time asking but does anyone know how to safely release the tension in the transverse torsion bars on the rear suspension? It looks like when you lower the rear axle the aluminium trailing arm mounts will act as stops before the bars can be unwound?

    3 September 2012 at 17:21 #49573

    Christian, I’d call Barry at Wren for how he did mine. I’m supposing the tension in the spring is supported by a jack under the trailing arm, the outer aluminium casing is removed (it has the stop lugs in it) then the jack is lowered allowing the torsion bar to unwind safely. BTW one if not both my outer casings broke on removal

    4 September 2012 at 08:57 #49574

    Thank you David, I wasn’t wasting my time after all! I had a good look at it all last night and tried to familiarise myself with the setup.

    It’s a fascinating bit of engineering – massive structural members – I’ve never seen anything like it on a car. So the transverse bars are one in front of the other – so does that mean that the aluminim trailing arm mounts are offset by around 3″?

    The torsion bars are mounted part way accross to the underside of the rear seat with arms which are adjustable? I can imaging that allowing the de dion to drop too much would shatter the alloy cases – I wonder how they prevented that from happening? – I hope to find out later…

    4 September 2012 at 10:18 #49575

    Christian, I don’t know how the geometry of the transverse torsion springs works as I’ve only seen one lower trailing arm off the car so have not seen both side by side to visualise the securing arrangements for the end of both springs. You are right that there is a lever on each spring about half way along, and these are used to adjust the rear ride height as far as I know; do these need to be released as well?. In addition each side has a webbing strap as a “bottom stop” to prevent the de Dion dropping too much. I guess these may have to be released in a controlled way once the aluminium casings have been removed in order to allow each spring to fully unwind for removal. I was at Wren 2-3 weeks ago and am having some difficulty now visualising just how Barry got the suspension to the state of disassembly I saw. Certainly the half shafts, brakes & hubs have to be removed from each side of the de Dion, either to permit access or to reduce mass. They also took the opportunity to refurbish the lower trailing arms, which as you know are made of 2 pieces of sprung steel riveted together, and which are a hidden rust trap, as well as represerve the other original components and chassis all around (although no welding was needed)

    4 September 2012 at 12:42 #49576

    I spoke to Barry at Wren and he was very helpful, he’s restored three Rapides so knows his stuff. He told me that if you loosen the aluminium mounts, release the straps and lower the de Dion with a jack then it will come apart without a problem.

    I will take a few photos when I do it and post them…

    The trailing arms will need work, as you point out the two plates trap moisture and then push apart – mine have done this on a small section but just along the edge…

    10 September 2012 at 07:47 #49599

    I managed to remove most of the rear suspension on Friday, it was hard work.

    Once the damper arms, links and straps have been removed simply allow the de Dion to drop and unbolt, it is VERY heavy. In order to remove the trailing arms a very heavy duty puller is required.

    The bushes within the aluminium casings were in good condition. Only one UJ needs to be replaced out of everything I removed, I will replce all the bushes anyhow…

    10 September 2012 at 11:00 #49601

    Ah yes sorry should have mentioned their weight; on your rating, take care with the differential because it is VERY VERY heavy! (70-80kg plus at a guess)

    11 September 2012 at 09:33 #49603

    The differential looks heavy, I’m not sure if I will drop it as there’s no real reason to…

    Barry and Wren told me that the trailing arm bushes which attached to the de Dion are not the same size as the front suspension upper bushes (they look the same). The options available are either to get a polybush and ream it out or machine down the de Dion pin to accept a standard DB5 upper wishbone bush (C3003).

    The bushes which take the ends of the transverse torsion bars have not been identifiend yet but I wonder if they are the same as XKE upper control arm bushes (C8673)?

    11 September 2012 at 10:59 #49604

    Are the rear arm bushes not from a DB4 (20-26-118) or am I misinterpreting which component you’re referring to (like 20-23-120??)

    11 September 2012 at 11:19 #49605

    Hi, the bushes are the ones indicated by the arrows below.

    The one on the RHS is not the one from Wren (which were recently made) but a small bush which holds the loose end of the torsion bar (looks a bit like 20-23-120 but much bigger).

    The bush indicated by the arrow on the LHS looks the same as 20-26-118 but the hole is too small so annoyingly it won’t fit and no alterantive is available…so something has to be altered.

    11 September 2012 at 15:01 #49606

    Sorry Christian, I can’t visualise the bushes you mean.My recent bill of parts includes 4 new off the shelf DB4 bushes – part number not quoted but about ?50 each plus VAT from ASD – which were then modified (but in what way am not sure).

    11 September 2012 at 16:14 #49607

    Hi, yes easy for me when I spent a day removing it all!

    I think those must be the bushes which connect the trailing arms to the de Dion tube – there are four in total and they are very simular to the front upper wishbone bushes used in DB5’s. They would would need to be reamed out in order to make them fit on the bolt (which connects the trailing arm to the de Dion tube), the alternative is to use Polybushes and ream them – that may be what yours now has…

    14 September 2012 at 13:16 #49610

    Have just collected my car, amazing transformation in the rear; quiet, smoother, more compliant over rough surfaces.Also now sits level.

    14 September 2012 at 13:38 #49611

    That sounds great, you must be very happy. It’s a big job – I think you had the best person available to do the work as well!

    I’m progressing well with mine – I’m slightly stuck at removing the trailing arms from the transverse torsion bars, this involves a blow torch, a puller, a club hammer etc etc…fun :crazy:

    14 September 2012 at 15:50 #49614

    I guess that’s why I had a fairly substantial labour bill. I was told it was a couple of days to disassemble

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