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Old October 19th, 2005, 08:42 PM   #1
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HOWTO: Lower Control Arm Bushing Replacement

Well after running around with a clanking noise every time I run ove a bump, not to mention not being able to align the car and having my steering wheel jerked about at randon. I decided to get some bushings. My passenger side was completely busted. After searching for a bit I found the SuperPro bushings, I only installed the front ones which are part # SPF1843K which are ~$50 plus shipping. They also make rear control arm bushings, but I didn't get those because they were $100 plus shipping. There are 3 models for the rear bushings, regular caster, positive caster, and negative caster. You probably can figure out what is the difference between them.

This is the packaging:


What they look out of the package:


If you are wondering how the hell I got the stock bushings out, well there are two solutions. 1.) Burning them off, but the smell of burn rubber and the risk of damaging something with the torch isn't to appealing to me. 2.) I decided to put my engineering degree to the test and made my own little tool. Its basically a threaded rod, you pass it through the hole on the bushing and put a nut and washer on the end. On the other end slide over a peice of pipe bigger than the bushing. I used a 2.5" diameter, about 6" long pipe, I then got a flat peice of steel and drilled a hole through it and put another not. Now to remove the bushing just turn the nut and after a few minutes you will have witness the birth of a stock control arm bushing. Below is a pic of my tool.... well my tool is bigger than that, let me clarify, the tool I made to remove the control arm bushing.



The tool installed removing the bushing, for another angle:


Stock bushing removed:


New bushings greased and installed:


Installed and bolted on:


Another view


The other side I had to hammer the bushing out because it came apart since it was broken.

Questions...?


Just for shitz and gigglez, me tearing it up at ZoomZoomLive last weekend.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 08:51 PM   #2
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I remember last year I had to do that I had my car on my hoist for it's bi-weekly oil change and checked for play and noticed that the front of my wheel moved left and right like a good 1-1.5 inches.... I torched mine out and then I forget what I used to press it in.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 08:53 PM   #3
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To put the front ones in you just push them in with your hands, the rear ones would be trickier.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 08:57 PM   #4
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I had to press mine in and mine looked pretty different.. then again mine was from mazda (around 20 bucks canadian my cost) so I dont know but I remember when I did it it wasnt a crazy amount of force needed like a c clamp did it with a piece of wood it was pretty simple. It was the first small repair I had to do on the car before that I replaced everything else so I was happy to have a little piece wear out
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Old October 19th, 2005, 09:00 PM   #5
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Oh, ok, I didn't know you were talking about stock ones, yes those you would need to press in, probably the reverse of how I took mine out.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 09:04 PM   #6
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those are poly ones right?
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Old October 19th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #7
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those are poly ones right?
That is correct.
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Old October 20th, 2005, 10:44 PM   #8
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Yo funzie. Where'd you order them from? I found one website, but they're out of stock. Also, has anyone ever resolved the superpro problems that they were having like a year ago? I'm about to buy these, but not if they'll just screw up.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 06:49 AM   #9
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My control arm bushing was nowhere near one piece when I replaced the control arm.

Nice bushings, I should have done that 2-3 years ago I needed a new balljoint also, so no biggie.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 09:16 AM   #10
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My control arm bushing was nowhere near one piece when I replaced the control arm.

Nice bushings, I should have done that 2-3 years ago I needed a new balljoint also, so no biggie.
when you put a new balljoint in , tack it in place
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 11:48 AM   #11
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Global preformance in Michigan has them listed on thier site. $50 seems to be the going rate.
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 02:42 PM   #12
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nice writeup and great pictures! Thanks for the contribution and time!

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Thanks for the great write up and pics. The 'tool' you gave instructions for making worked bloody well.

Saved me a few bucks.

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Old November 25th, 2005, 08:44 PM   #14
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Hmm, I may have to do this when my car is sitting without an engine.

What solutions do we have for the rear-most front control arm bushing? The one that is in its own housing and bolts to the body and the control arm?
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Old November 25th, 2005, 10:01 PM   #15
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What solutions do we have for the rear-most front control arm bushing? The one that is in its own housing and bolts to the body and the control arm?
That would be the caster, they also sell that one. With different types of caster too, +/- and stock.
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That would be the caster, they also sell that one. With different types of caster too, +/- and stock.
I am unsure how this bushing would affect the caster...

I will take a picture of the one I'm talking about tomorrow, just so I can make sure we are on the same page.

EDIT: OK, this isn't on the car, but hopefully you can figure it out. This is the REAR bushing on the FRONT control arm...

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Old November 28th, 2005, 06:17 AM   #17
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Yes, that would be this one:


And according to them, this one increases camber:


And this one decreases it:
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Gotcha, thanks...

I think I'll add these to the "to buy" list
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 05:15 PM   #19
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Nice thread! I was going to just replace my front lower control arm bushing as I already have the urethane ones awaiting installation, however now I guess I'll order urethane rear LCA bushing as well...
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