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Trailing Arm Bushings

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by GlassHeadlights, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. GlassHeadlights

    GlassHeadlights West West Yall

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    efhondakid My name is Byron. VIP

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    Those dont look right for some reason, just pick up a pair of OEM.
     
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    GlassHeadlights West West Yall

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    I was just thinking of going for Energy ones because they would last longer.
     
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    efhondakid My name is Byron. VIP

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    Right but look at it this way, if you can pick up OEMs for cheaper, they are going to last for another 20 years, are you really going to be driving it 20 years from now?
     
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    GlassHeadlights West West Yall

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    Ya I guess, I have to hit up the dealer anyway to get a headgasket.
     
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    Energy suspension bushings will bind.

    Best option is OE rubber or spherical; I recommend the OE rubber ones(IIRC, all the RTA bushing rubber are now the same as the Mugen ones).
     
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    Alright then. Should I go straight the dealer?

    Also the old ones need to be pressed out and the new ones pressed in right?
     
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    the old ones press out but when i replaced mine i didnt have to press them in.
     
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    So I could really hammer the old ones out right?
     
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    efhondakid My name is Byron. VIP

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    A little heat and an air hammer should do the trick. I need to do mine, so you can be the guinea pig.
     
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    The RTA bushings are slightly tapered and yes, it's possible to hammer them out and easily put them back in.

    Although, it should not be loose.
     
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    Yep, found that shit out after I had already spent the extra few bucks for the Mugen ones. I say go OE too.
     
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    I have bad trailing arm with a siezed bolt still in it, and its a drum brake one so I'll mess around with that one before I start hacking away at the DA ones.
     
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    i have all energy bushings in my car incluging the RTA and i love them and have never heard of them binding or had this issue
     
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    You should really research them and you can see what they're bad; especially for the RTA.

    There have been people who've had it run fine and then all of a sudden they get snap oversteer(pretty much when the lube dries up) or inconsistent toe change.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    I've done this with every old honda I've owned. Amazing upgrade for very little cash. Takes alot of the slop out of old rear ends.

    Get a cheap filet knife and cut out what you can of the old bushing. (greasing up the blade makes this go much smoother) Chuck a wire wheel into a drill and use that to remove the rest. Yes, it is a total pain in the ass, but well worth it.

    Then press in the new bushings and you're good to go! Easy stuff. If you need tips on a home made press for these, I can help you out. Couple of 2x4 pieces, big washers, 3/4" allthread and 3/4" nuts.. Costs about $15 to make the tool.

    Go for it!
     
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    I'll see what the dealer wants first then go from there.
     
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    Ask JDRoss on here for a quote(he's a forum sponsor). Online dealerships are usually cheaper than going to the actual dealership.
     
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    I just used a hammer, nothing else. I would recommed using like a 3" pipe or whatever diameter to match the bushing. Came out really nicely.

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    Instructions please!
     
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