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Old 04-22-14, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Superpro vs. OEM/Daizens

Decided to upgrade bushings (etc.) in front now that Figs has finally made available the #1 lower control arm bushing. The final piece of the puzzle. Also decided to switch out the aftermarket bushings I installed on the caster arms which "egg out" under load.
As I continue to install the new equipment I will follow this thread up with new pics. stay tuned

P.S. Sorry for the crude methods and offset pics.. I have to improvise sometimes and use whats at hand. And my phone keeps rotating the pics for some reason..
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#1 LCA. According to the install instructions the lip on on side of the OEM bushing needs to be bent over with a chisel to allow the bushing to be pressed out from the other side.
I found this a little difficult to do. I guess my shop press wasn't strong enough (12 tons) and I had to improvise with what I had to use to press out the bushing so I chiseled the whole thing over.
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Default 32mm socket used to press out bushing

Before I bent the lip over with a chisel to make it look like a "crumpled star" I pressed out the rubber coated middle shaft part of the bushing. I felt it would be easier to press the bushing out if I removed this part first. I then used a 32mm deep socket to press out the bushing from the lip side.
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Thanks for the write up. As always if there is anything you encounter during the install that we can improve let us know.
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Thanks for the write up. As always if there is anything you encounter during the install that we can improve let us know.
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So far so good sir thank you.
should be posting up some more install pics this weekend. Literally waiting for some paint to dry.
I will take you up on that offer if I run into any road blocks.
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Default LCA Bushing install..

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Insert.. you don't need a shop press to insert the bushings, only to insert the metal shaft. And you wont even need that much pressure. As per install instructions you need to rub a small amount of grease on the inside of the bushing on the side that you will be installing the shaft from.
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#2 Caster arm bushings next..
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nicely done! I actually just went with Figs steering rack bushings and I could already feel the difference. All these bushings are gonna be a night and day difference
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nicely done! I actually just went with Figs steering rack bushings and I could already feel the difference. All these bushings are gonna be a night and day difference
Yes, cant wait to see the difference. Steering rack bushings are next and then I should be done with the front end...for now..lol
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You might get stuck removing/inserting the camber adjustment bolt on eather side.. I loosened the steering rack mount bolts and was able to wiggle it in there.. just be careful with the tie rod boots.
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Bushing pressed in..
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Finished product.. you shouldn't need the press to insert the metal shaft or the top and bottom parts of the bushing. I was able to press the rest of the parts in by hand which made it easier for me to re-install the arm. I ended up having to push the metal shaft back out about half way so I could thread the two mounting bolts on the LCA.
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KEEP IN MIND..just like the OEM bushings one side of the metal shaft has a smaller hole than the other. The smaller side belongs on the side of the caster arm with the R or L on it.



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Right side (passanger side) as it would be mounted on your GS.

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nice. are you using their adjustable castor bushing model or just the regular one?

also thinking about getting the FIGS steering back bushing. i have a whiteline rack bushing waiting to be installed but im having second thoughts
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