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    Control Arm Bushings

    I thought some of you would like to see some of the progress we have made on my car. It has taken a lot longer than expected, but we plan to test these, make minor adjustments and release very soon.

    We have video of the stock suspension, and will get video of the updated bushings. Our shop car has 85k miles, and it didn't feel like the bushings were bad, however upon further inspection they were toast.

    Here are some pictures of the OEM front upper control arm bushings:





    And here are the pictures of our bushings installed:



    This is all for now; I will update the thread on any change I feel in NVH and stability/control.
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    And I was just about to buy a set of factory bushings. Glad I held off.
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    I know what I'm replacing the OEM's with. Are you guys going to be making the rears as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrecked Em View Post
    And I was just about to buy a set of factory bushings. Glad I held off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Det_Riot View Post
    I know what I'm replacing the OEM's with. Are you guys going to be making the rears as well?
    Yes sir, we are currently testing rear upper control arm bushings as well. Once I get the car moving and testing these specific parts, then we will move on to the rest of the bushings in the rear.


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    Well hell have a full set of arms waiting to go in and now this.

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    I hope you can keep up with the demand lol
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    Sub'd. I have a huge want for these but very little want for installing them myself lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by x96535 View Post
    Sub'd. I have a huge want for these but very little want for installing them myself lol
    Jiffy Lube can do it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by x96535 View Post
    Sub'd. I have a huge want for these but very little want for installing them myself lol
    Honestly, it's not so bad removing the arms. If you've done a spring install, you're about 1/2 way through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSTech View Post
    I thought some of you would like to see some of the progress we have made on my car. It has taken a lot longer than expected, but we plan to test these, make minor adjustments and release very soon.

    We have video of the stock suspension, and will get video of the updated bushings. Our shop car has 85k miles, and it didn't feel like the bushings were bad, however upon further inspection they were toast.

    And here are the pictures of our bushings installed:



    This is all for now; I will update the thread on any change I feel in NVH and stability/control.
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    How do you get the stock bushings out of the arms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got Bearings? View Post
    Honestly, it's not so bad removing the arms. If you've done a spring install, you're about 1/2 way through.
    I'm not worried about the arms, I can do that in about 15 minutes. I'm worried about pressing the bushings in.
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    Whoa!.. are the rears gonna need/ come with those grease fittings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by x96535 View Post
    I'm not worried about the arms, I can do that in about 15 minutes. I'm worried about pressing the bushings in.
    I have a feeling they won't need to be pressed in. Taking the old ones out might be a hassle, or an easy task for a shop with a press.

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    We all need! Some of our cars are dead Bush walking!

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    It's not too bad to use a big C-clamp, a big socket on one side and a little socket on the other side to push an OEM bushing out.

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    Why aren't these on my car yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by x96535 View Post
    Sub'd. I have a huge want for these but very little want for installing them myself lol
    I know what I'm doing with my extra set of arms now.

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    What's the durometer of these new ones? Do you know what the stock ones are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSteck View Post
    What's the durometer of these new ones? Do you know what the stock ones are?
    Same as a week old banana.

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    I will try and answer all the questions I can. Right now I am fighting a brake problem, so I haven't been able to do any testing.

    The stock bushings range in durometer and with the steel sleeves, it is about impossible to get a correct reading on a gauge. However, just feeling the bushings I would say the front upper control arms are about 70A, front lower control arm (front) 50A, front lower control arm (rear) 75A. I will be testing with our Race hardness (95A), but we do have a street version which is a 75A.

    Someone brought up the zerk fittings. All polyurethane needs to be greased or it will begin to sqeak. Don't read into graphite impregnated urethane too far, as it doesn't work. We send grease with our bushings for easy install and to get you on the road. If you plan to pick up a set of poly bushings from us, I would recommend a grease gun and a high quality marine grease. Never use anything petroleum based, as it will try and eat the urethane. We have gone about 3 months before needing to grease bushings. I usually recommend every oil change.

    Install, how hard? Install actually isn't terrible. The upper control arm needs to come out with the strut assembly. If you have done a spring install, it is the exact same procedure. The lower control arm is easy as well. We will be making some tools to rent to customers for ease of pulling out the stock bushings with instructions. With air tools, or even a simple set of ratchets/wrenches you will be able to press out the old bushings. The poly bushings do not have a metal sleeve, so they are easily pressed in by hand or with some kind of C-Clamp. Or I usually just give the bushing a couple bangs onto our bench.

    The rear bushings are entirely a different story. The rear upper control arms will not be able to be done with the cradle in the vehicle. I apologize for breaking some hearts, but the way the cradle and body are designed and where they put the E-brake, it doesn't allow any room to get that arm out of the cradle. I replaced the bushings while I had the cradle out.

    A lot of people have been asking for a price. I do not have that information yet, as I will be seeing what all we will be putting in the kit. I will be testing some nordlock washers, like some of you, and seeing if they are worth offering in the kit. However, I do not see them being drastically more expensive than our versions for the Gen 1 V.

    If you have any questions, let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSTech View Post
    I thought some of you would like to see some of the progress we have made on my car. It has taken a lot longer than expected, but we plan to test these, make minor adjustments and release very soon.

    We have video of the stock suspension, and will get video of the updated bushings. Our shop car has 85k miles, and it didn't feel like the bushings were bad, however upon further inspection they were toast.

    Here are some pictures of the OEM front upper control arm bushings:





    And here are the pictures of our bushings installed:



    This is all for now; I will update the thread on any change I feel in NVH and stability/control.
    -Jordan
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    Hello Jordan,
    So your replacement bushings go in all upper and lower control arm bushing locations in front and the rear lower control arms? Please advise when parts are available. Thank you.

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