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Old 04-19-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
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the bushing on the driver side is going bad because when the oil gets changed it runs right over the bushing....how hard is it to replace this bushing? and is there better bushings available?
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:12 AM   #2
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its pretty simple to replace those bushings. Just loosen the big nut and bolt and pull the rack off. pull the bushings off. There are aftermarket replacements if you so choose, but make sure you do not buy the offset bushings as that will cause the rack to move relatively to the tierod end
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:18 AM   #4
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ok..im gonna go take a picture, im not quite sure if we're talkin about the same bushing... if we are then im not understanding how the offset bushings work...can you give me a quick run down of the offset bushings plz? ill add a pic too
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ok here's the bushing...you can see where its swelled up real big and the top is cracked, my teacher was kind enough to pull a strip off of it also [:@]

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yea that bushing is easy. Just un bolt the nut and bolt there. The rack will need a little persuading to get it off but it will come off. The offset rack piece I basically just copied from the instructions for my maximum motorsports cc plates. It has something to do with the how everything is lowered in proporation when you lower a car, but when you change the k member and move the a arms, up or down it will cause a difference in your rack to the tie rod, which is fixed by the offset bushings

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Old 04-20-2008, 10:35 AM   #7
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ok i looked it up some...seems like offset bushing, x2 ball joints, c/c plates, and a bumpsteer kit should all be used with a drop like mine...but in all honesty, i dont take my car to a road course or anything so the semi-bad steering isnt a problem right now since im on a budget...just going to get normal bushing and eventually ill get c/c plates so my front tires stop getting chewed lol... are these bushings ok to use?

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and i dont have to unbolt anything else? just unbolt the bolts on both sides of the steering rack and then pull it forward, slide the old bushings off, then slide the new on and rebolt it? will the rack move without disconnecting tie rods and all that stuff
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I had the tie rod ends disconnected but you might be able to get enough room to get the bushings in. I forgot about one other thing. The steering linkage that attaches to the rack has a pinch bolt that you have to remove. Before you remove it lock the steering wheel so you won't damage anything or unline the steering pieces.

The aluminum bushings will work fine also. If you are on more of a budget you can just get standard rack bushings from your local parts store for less then price above. Autozone part # fa1765.
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I have a similar problem, just waiting on the parts to get here. Check out this TSB and consider replacing the steering gear tube brackets. http://www.paladinmicro.com/PalMFrame00.htm?wks=rak

I didn't want to replace the rubber with rubber so I went with urethane. I ordered Energy Suspension bushings for my 02 GT vert. You want part number: 410103(R) The (R) is for Red. I think there is also a black part available.

I bought the bushings from Pep Boys for $12 but it was a special order item.
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I have a similar problem, just waiting on the parts to get here. Check out this TSB and consider replacing the steering gear tube brackets. http://www.paladinmicro.com/PalMFrame00.htm?wks=rak

I didn't want to replace the rubber with rubber so I went with urethane. I ordered Energy Suspension bushings for my 02 GT vert. You want part number: 410103(R) The (R) is for Red. I think there is also a black part available.

I bought the bushings from Pep Boys for $12 but it was a special order item.
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in that description it doesnt look like you need to do anythingexcept undo the bolt and pry the busing out and slide a new one in...am i missing something?
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:38 PM   #13
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in that description it doesnt look like you need to do anythingexcept undo the bolt and pry the busing out and slide a new one in...am i missing something?
[/align][/align]If you remove the "tube bracket" on both sides as described on my DIY Fix page (the above link) there will be enough room to get the rear bushing out without loosening or disconnecting anything else--it's tight but it can be done without a lot of hassle...[/align][/align]
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sorry to beat the topic so much, just wanna do it right....you're saying i can swap the bushings without disconnecting my outer tie rods and all that, just jack it up, unbolt that bolt, slide the tube out, replace bushings, slide tube back in, reconnect bolts?
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Yes, on the driver's side you'll have to shift the rack upwards (it will move forward when you push it upward) to get the rear bushing out--I did not replace the bushings when I did mine, however I did have both front and rear bushings out...
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thanks man, saves me some time! i really dont know much about cars...im learning lol... im in school for this so i figure its time to start trying stuff on my own....its just damn hard having such a low car and not having the proper jack and not having any jackstands...i really appreciate the help man
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If there's a Harbor Freight store near you they have 3-ton jackstands on sale all the time (the regular price is pretty low) thay also have some decent floor jacks for $60 or so (the steel ones). I have one of their 2-1/4 ton steel jacks I've had fornearly 15years, it was $30 when I bought mine.[/align][/align]You will need jackstands to do the rack bushings safely, the floor jack will make things a lot easier (if the floor jack won't fit under the front cross member use the OEM jack to pick the car up a bit).[/align][/align]If you want to buy one floor jack that will last the rest of your life, get this puppy. I've had mine for4-1/2 years, it isa crackerjack jack...[/align]
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well i need to get a lowprofile jack...i have a cheap-o autozone one that barely works....car is so low that most jacks wont fit under it

i need to invest in something like this

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i did mine with the tie rods connected, i bought poly ones from autozone for 12-13 dollars.
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would i see any benefit with the aluminum over the poly?
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