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Old 11-15-2016, 02:01 PM   #1
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Lower Strut Mount Bushing Replacing

Hey guys, I was looking to finally get a set of coilovers but, I was doing some research beforehand & came across a few threads about people having LARGE issues with the Rear Strut Mount Bushing.

One thread I came across, the member basically just removed the rubber bushing but not the outer metal sleeve that goes around the bushing. He then used some ES Bushings as the replacement instead of taking out the metal sleeve with it. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=196407

But, another thread I saw the member remove all parts of the original bushing & replaced it with an OEM. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=8980

Which method do you guys think is the most efficient & effective?
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Old 11-15-2016, 03:31 PM   #2
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When I did mine I left the metal ring in and put in Energy Suspension bushings. 3 years later they are just starting to crack slightly. I also ran on totally blown shocks for over a year also. So they have seen much abuse, but for the cost of them and ease of replacement I'd rather stick with the ES bushings.
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input Rilas. Yeah I do like that way a lot better because it seems like less work & maybe even easier. & the way I see it, not removing the ring around the bushing would really cut out a lot of the work.

Was the metal sleeve in between the ES bushing the right diameter for the original size through bolt? I can't remember what thread I saw it on but, someone mentioned they had to fabricate that metal sleeve.

On this thread the member "lucid" talks about how the original sleeve was a different diameter than the ES metal sleeve. -> http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthre...?t=8980&page=2

He fabricated the original sleeve because the sleeve that came with the ES kit had a diameter that was too large for the original bolt. Also, the original sleeve had a sort of "ball" shape to it on the outside instead of being a perfect cylinder shape like the ES sleeve. He filed down the original sleeve to make it fit in between the new ES bushings.

Did you encounter this issue??
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:57 PM   #4
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I found this set of Front Lower Control Arm Bushings..

They look pretty similar to what was used in the thread.

http://www.aftermarketsuspensionparts.com/8214
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Old 11-16-2016, 02:44 PM   #5
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I ended up using Hardrace pillow ball bushings in mine. There was a transition from OEM, to Energy Suspension to Hardrace all in the same manner of time that the car was driven 0 miles. I just change my mind a lot, and it gets expensive.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:11 PM   #6
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I used the front upper control arm bushings, not the lowers. They fit just right if you leave the OEM metal ring from the bushing. If I remember correctly I was able to use the ES sleeve, but then again it's been years now and I always have tons of spare stuff laying around. So I might have fabricated something up, but honestly I feel that I used the ES sleeve and it worked fine.

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Old 11-17-2016, 09:35 AM   #7
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I ended up using Hardrace pillow ball bushings in mine. There was a transition from OEM, to Energy Suspension to Hardrace all in the same manner of time that the car was driven 0 miles. I just change my mind a lot, and it gets expensive.
Haha oh man..well I hear you. I am just trying to get it right the first time in one shot!
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