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I stumbled across this self help group quite by chance a few days ago, having loitered on rangerovers.net for the last year. You guys must be the People's Front for Judea, I was with the Judaean People's Front. Anyway I recognise a few folks from their user names and/or garage contents, and impressed by the camps you guys seem to have periodically.

I have a 50th Defender and a 50th P38. Defender runs well, always has, on the back of basic servicing. P38 I picked up a year ago, and I keep telling myself it's only such a PITA because it was neglected for so many years. I've replaced the rear diff, changed the HU to after market, done a head gasket, o rings and various fluid changes. Next biggies: radius arm bushes (I got orange poly), panhard bushes (not so big) and working out why my air con is not playing, now that it's got hot again.

Cheers, Rob

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Welcome to the madness :)
Judging by the comments after some poly radius arm bushes were replaced at the last meet you might want to reconsider and get rubber/OEM ones but otherwise it sounds like you're having all the fun of the P38!

Post up your aircon symptoms and I'm sure you'll get some relevant help. Better yet, get a nanocom onto it and see if there are any faults logged.
All the best!
Morat

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Thanks Morat - i wasn't very clear - I have orange poly _currently_and yes, no way in hell am I installing poly going forward... I will post on the air con once I've done a bit more diagnostics. I have nano, but not sure I've fully mastered it yet.

Rgds, Rob

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Welcome :)

Hopefully your existing poly bushes come out with less of a fight!

Post up your air con issue and if I can be of help I'll chime in :)

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Welcome :)

Given the issues we had with the orange polybushes I'd maybe suggest leaving them there until they fail! Rubber bushes might be a better ride etc but the polybushes seem to be a right PITA to remove and leave the holes in the arms pretty much unusable due to corrosion. If the polybushes are still serviceable I'd make the most of them before facing the headache of replacing them.

If your polybushes are shot and in need of replacement I'd try to get hold of a spare set of arms, put the new bushes in those and fit them.

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The orange poly bushes weren't serviceable the day they were put in..... Mine were the ones that took a lot of effort and swearing to get out and even more effort and swearing to chip the rust scale off the inside of the arms so the new OEM ones could be pressed in. Seeing how easily they started to melt when they got slightly warm from using an angle grinder to cut the head off one of the bolts, I think the easiest way of getting them out will be with a blowlamp.

I've seen you, and replied to some of your threads, over on the dark side but I have to use a different username there as this one got a lifetime ban. Welcome to the friendly forum.

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Thought I’d told you about here rob, this is the main site, we take all the banned members from rrnet , lol, the other offer for bushes still stands

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Just realised, it was you that had all sorts of grief with the XYZ switch. It was me using Richard_G that helped you with that one.

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Joined: Apr 23 2019
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Thanks for the welcome gents - esp Chris/ Richard who have already helped me loads. Re the poly bushes, they need to come out one way or another, I'm getting fairly regular death wobbles 55-70. I read the posts here on poly bush removal (naively I had thought they wd be a piece of p***), and reckon I may use some plumbers freezing spray to see if that makes the bushes drillable (with a hole saw). I am brimming with optimism and confidence !!

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Hello BTW, we tried a hole saw on them and that too melted, we tried a hacksaw that started to bind.

Buy new arms! Never use Poly Bushes.

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Forewarned is forearmed, and all that... I assure you these polybushes will die one way or the other. I have the PO to thank for the poly bushes ie not my choice

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Wish I'd have known that about polybushes.
Got them in my radius arms :(