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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-11-2018, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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What caused this?

Sup amigos,
I'm almost in the middle of a complete front end overhaul with a bunch of moog bits. Took the arms off and took a look at em and found one of the lowers had a piece of the shell broken off, probly done on install. What I found to be odd is that the rubber looks like it was pressed in after the fact and not sure of that's even possible.
Reason for the repair is that I would get a scary wheel camber type shift when turning a corner at speed. Low speed sharp turns feel like the wheel is ready to turn over.

Anyway, looking forward to getting this car riding like new, just curious about this bushing.

Pretty sure I mixed up my a-arm shims but the shop should be able to get that sorted out.

Here's the bushing:
http://96 LCA Bush https://imgur.com/gallery/KN43AjV

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Link is not working, and you can try one of Imgur's other address formats that allows posting the picture directly into your thread. For an abrupt fold over feeling in the steering you want to make sure the ball joint has not gotten loose and wallered out the spindle hole.



A suggestion is go to the extra effort to find a shop specializing in just alignments.

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You can get a camber caster gauge on ebay for under $12 delivered from China. It sticks to your brake disk while you have the arms resting on jack stands. I have been doing my own alignments for a few years now, and I have excellent tire wear. It is really easy. You can go in for a toe and go, and you are set.

The FSM even has specs, and "one time" adjustment tables.

I made a set of toe gauges, and do my own toe settings as well.

I saved myself over $300 in front alignment costs since getting/making them, and I know the alignments are correct.

You can get a pack of assorted shims at Harbor Freight for cheap (and if you have a coupon, you can get a freebee AND a 20% discount).
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Link is not working, and you can try one of Imgur's other address formats that allows posting the picture directly into your thread. For an abrupt fold over feeling in the steering you want to make sure the ball joint has not gotten loose and wallered out the spindle hole.



A suggestion is go to the extra effort to find a shop specializing in just alignments.
K I'm done trying to upload a pic from mobile, I can be slow at times and this is one of those moments.

Regarding self alignment. I'd attempt it but I dont have the time to wait for the tool, I guess I do and it might be one of those projects if I cant get the bushing replaced today for some reason. Ideally i want to get the suspension on and steering bits done this weekend...let's see how it goes...

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This one is in California:https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Adjusta...from=R40&rt=nc

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Took a little break and back to the grind...done with the lowers. Going almost as good as seen on YouTube. I'm drilling the rubber then punching out the sleeve. Drilling the rest of the rubber out then punching out the shell.
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Ok...so far its 4 hours on disassembly and 4 hours to hammer out the bushings, grind off the upper joints and violently press out the lower joints.
The rubber was cracked and brittle, some of the sleeves bent and boots split open.
Not sure how I'm going to get the new pieces in because the arms dont fit in the press. Joe Blows shop is closed until tomorrow, probly.

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Sit down have a cool drink of you favorite flavor and watch these. ( A suggestion)
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Remember not to tighten the bushings untill you have the vehicle weight on the suspension.

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Ok yeah - seems EZ PZ enough. I actually watched most of that series last week and forgot that he just pounded them in. Last time I did this was on my 06 goat and that's probably what has me thinking that it's harder than its turning out to be. I still dont like thinking about that weekend though I did brakes and coilovers then on top of bushings and steering parts.

Going to clean em up then spray em black before assembly.

Stay tuned...n thx
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