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Energy Suspension Bushing Install / Review

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by swanny, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. swanny

    swanny Senior Member

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    My friend did a pretty nice write-up / review on Energy Suspension bushings and how to install grease zerks on the LCA's for http://www.K20A.org and I thought I would share. If you are a member there you can just click this link http://www.k20a.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5952 ...you have to register to view so here is the dialoge and and questions that have been asked thus far.

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    Sticky Worthy? Maybe it could replace the year old AEM article? [​IMG]
     
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    vtecsir1 Senior Member

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    I actually did this today, not the whole kit but a few pieces. You can burn every one of them out and easily hack saw them. You would need atleast a bench vise working without a press. The install can be done in 4-6 hrs easily with 2 people minus the steering bushings. Decent write up :thumbsup: . I wanted to also add that while your greese fittings are a good idea I dont think it is as needed as you think since you went with the self lubricated black bushings.

    I got my kit from energysuspensionparts.com for about 125 shipped.
     
  3. EGProject

    EGProject YEEEEAAHHHHH

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    Might decide to go ahead and buy a new set of LCAs, or grease the ones I got. Did the bushing swap as well - and that is a very good write up I must add. But right now my right rear LCA makes a horrible rubbing noise on any certain load conditions.

    Might just have to get spherical metal bushings. [​IMG]
     
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    EGProject YEEEEAAHHHHH

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    PhoebeusFenix Junior Member

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    Im bringing this back from the dead because today I am going to attempt to install my bushing kit...going to have to torch them out and then find a way to get the sleeves out...starting with the front control arms...

    Did you all get your vehicle realigned after installation?
     
  6. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Get it aligned. You'll need to do it after removing everything and putting in stiffer stuff.
     
  7. PhoebeusFenix

    PhoebeusFenix Junior Member

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    Sounds good. Im going to have to burn out the rubber bushings and then find a way to remove those damn metal rings....should be interesting.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    burn out the bushes.

    use a hacksaw to break the metal rings. cut it in 2 places? opposite. like this - ( ) basically, then pop the rings out with a chisel or a screwdriver and a hammer.
     
  9. PhoebeusFenix

    PhoebeusFenix Junior Member

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    I cant really undestand why some people say its such a pain in the ass. Im just worried about making sure I take the right parts out :). Im not too suspension-savvy.
     
  10. MikeBergy

    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    Well, nothing was a pain until it was time to hacksaw the sleeves, at least for me. I worked with a brand new blade, and the steel rings, coupled with the all the rust and gunk holding them in the lcas made that task a pain. The lcas were also somewhat awkward to secure in the vice. Then again, it was my first time, and I was by myself.
     
  11. 93vicb16a2

    93vicb16a2 WHATS CRACKIN??

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    i was lucky enough to have a press that i can use made it eazy
    very well worth it
     
  12. PhoebeusFenix

    PhoebeusFenix Junior Member

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    Well, just got done with the front left of the car..did:

    Lower control arm rear mount and front mount
    Upper control arm stabilizer bar bushings
    tie rod bushing

    Yea...my first time working with suspension...had Friz to help me when I was desperate...

    Took about 8 hours! Lol, yea, ill be doing the front right tomorrow and hopefully get the rack and pinion and rear done as well....
     
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    93vicb16a2 WHATS CRACKIN??

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    man i love working on suspension u make me wish i had some thing to go outside and put on. lol
     
  14. PhoebeusFenix

    PhoebeusFenix Junior Member

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    Yea, I enjoyed the experience thoroughly...I have been looking for a good project that would take me awhile and this seems to be the one! I'll probably do the right front and steering rack today...maybe the back, we'll see.
     
  15. MikeBergy

    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    Wow man, that's a long time for just one corner, but glad you made it through.
     
  16. PhoebeusFenix

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    yea, I know....It seems on everything I do it takes a little longer..im slow, and get frusterated easily...
     
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