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GT6 / Spitfire Adjustable front wishbones

There are many advantages to fitting these adjustable front wishbones to your GT6 or Spitfire.

– fully adjustable camber

– Lighter configuration

– stronger suspension with less flex

Here is the procedure for fitting these modifications

1: Park the vehicle on a flat and solid surface and chock the rear wheels, then release the handbrake.

 

GT6 spitfire rear wheels chocked
GT6 spitfire rear wheels chocked

 

 

 

 

 

 

2: Locate a suitable jack under the front main chassis rail.

trolley jack under GT6 chassis
Triumph GT6 chassis jacking point

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: Loosen the 4 wheel nuts about a half a turn on the corner to be removed.  Now jack the vehical to a height that will allow axel stands to be inserted under the main chassis rails.

4: remove the 4 wheel nuts and wheel.

Spitfire GT6 wheel
ratchet spanner on GT6 wheel nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

4: If working on the left corner, turn the steering fully to the left to gain better access to the wishbone/hub.

5: Remove the wishbone-hub mounting bolt, then use a suitable ball joint breaker to separate the tapered joint as bellow.

GT6 Spitfire front upper wishbone   Triumph wishbone seperation   Image00012

6: Remove the 2 inboard mounting bolts, try not to drop or lose the captive nuts.

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7: remove the upper wishbone.

8: using a press or vice, (hamer and suitable sized sockets can be used) press fit the 2 inner bushes into the new wishbone, then insert the wishbone into the chassis upright.  Insert the 2 bolts  (I recommend always re-greasing and bolts removed to preserve  them.)

preserving suspension bolts
copper ease is ideal for any bolts out in the elements. they will stay free for years
Triumph GT6 / Spitfire camber adjustable front suspension
Triumph GT6 / Spitfire camber adjustable front suspension

Do not fully tighten the inboard two bolts until the car is back resting on it’s wheel.  this helps the bushed settle in their most relaxed and natural position.

9: Insert the tapered ball joint into the front hub upright, to set the taper firmly in place it is sometimes helpful toe give the top a tap with a hammer.  this will stop the ball joint spinning while trying to tighten the securing nut on the underside

Image00019  At this point you can fit the large locking nut on the ball joint end, refit the road wheel and 4 nuts.  remove the axle stands and jack from under the car.  I would recommend bouncing the suspension a few times before tightening the inboard two wishbone bolts.