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Custom made SS wishbones

I come up with the sick idea of having wishbone, custome made, in SS.
Of course innested with polybushes.

Anyone got ideas, suggestions, or where they could do them?
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Isn't stainless a bit brittle? I did think at one time about getting alloy ones made but thought cost would be scary so never went any further than thinking :P
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I don't know what anti-corrosive material will work best for the part, I'm open to suggestion.

Aside initial cost, the only downside would be the lower ball joint change.
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Maybe standard steel ones but with a better more resistant finish. When I replaced mine I give them an extra coat of enamel paint and then popped out the bushes and polybushed the wishbones.
I would think that maybe if they were galvanised and then plasticoated then that would be the ultimate protection.


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Can't see the point really. Mine lasted 14+ years.
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The point is I like the idea that things last longer.
Or because I like spend money.
Or becaue the point is that there is no point.

That said, what enamel paint did you use?
How did you pop out the bushes?
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A wishbone that lasts 3-5 years for about 50 is great value. Assuming you can even get someone to make one in SS, would be cost prohibitive.

If it lasts 3-5 times longer than the standard MS one, will the rest of the car still be there to enjoy it?....
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Paint was Beckers in aerosol form, the bushes came out with a big vice and some large sockets, its useful working in an engineering workshop!
I do have a spare set of the OEM rubber bushes that I took out if anyone needs any, free to a worthy cause.


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The point is I like the idea that things last longer.
Or because I like spend money.
Or becaue the point is that there is no point.

That said, what enamel paint did you use?
How did you pop out the bushes?
I can see the attraction of having parts that will not rust as bad, I painted the wishbones and the new wheel hubs with a second layer of paint, just to try and keep them nice and shiny black a bit longer, if I get another couple of years out of them, so much the better. If not, well at least I did a bit of something to try and keep my TF in tip top shape.


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I have no idea what these wishbones look like but I saw the thread in the side banner.
Cheaper to get them hot dipped galvanised though I should think. May need some holes drilling to let the galv in and out.
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What does it mean dipped galvanised?

I have two new wishbones, and full polybush kit, that I plan to put on at sometime in the future.
Probably the bush substitution is out of my reach, but I could treat them with anti-corrosion stuff.
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What does it mean dipped galvanised?

I have two new wishbones, and full polybush kit, that I plan to put on at sometime in the future.
Probably the bush substitution is out of my reach, but I could treat them with anti-corrosion stuff.
I've worked in Fab shops and sometimes the fabrications went off for galvanising. We had to drill 1/4 holes near all the joints so the galvanising could get in and out and the box section wasn't sealed risking explosion. If you took your wishbones to some local place they would be able to give you a price and tell you where to drill the holes for the process.
Found a galvanising process video.
It ends up covered by Zinc.
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Cool. I've found a place near Cambridge, that make hot galvanizing and industrial power coating.

I assume that doing only the whishbones could be too small job.
So, probably, I could plan a bigger project:
subframes, whishbones, hubs, and other suspensions parts?

That could do for a very nice car...
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Cool. I've found a place near Cambridge, that make hot galvanizing and industrial power coating.

I assume that doing only the whishbones could be too small job.
So, probably, I could plan a bigger project:
subframes, whishbones, hubs, and other suspensions parts?

That could do for a very nice car...
If you were going that way, then seam welding wishbones and sub frame would improve the stiffness of the car and improve handeling. Diesel destroyer has done this and also powder coated them. There are suspension fabricators that will do any part in alloy and increase your track and rose joint all parts. Sure, you would have to roll the guards too, but if you wanted to have a unique MG what is 10 - 15000 pounds to have something that is a killer. grin
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I had my metro suspension re-made in titanium! Force racing made them. Must be pretty similar.

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That's absolutely porn... I don't dare to ask how much it has costed...

how you solved the ball joints substitution problem?
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Something like this
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I come up with the sick idea of having wishbone, custome made, in SS.
I would have thought they would be much heavier.

And less flexible so more likely to fracture.

I like the galvanizing idea, I was considering filling mine with expanded foam to prevent water ingress.
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