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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 12:18 AM
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I recently purchased a 1994 SS that was in an accident and was totaled by the ins. company. After buying the car I quickly realized that it needed a new frame. So I stripped off the mangled front clip, pulled the engine, and had the car towed to a local shop here in Miami for just that. Well after getting the car back, upon further inspection, I noticed that there were missing body bushings, and the ones that were still intact were all cracked and stretched out. I also noticed that most of the bolts that held the body tho the frame were loose to the point where I could actually move the body about a 1/4 inch from side to side on the frame. Then I recently read an article by a man named Scott Mueller,in which he talks about a mod that replaces the lower body bushings, and tightens the body to the frame. After reading his article, I went to GM and purchased the firmer, green and pink colored bushings, but what should I do about the upper bushings, which look crushed and worn out. I am now thinking that I moved too quickly on buying the bushings from the dealer. I didn't even know about the Energy Suspension Bushing Set that has all of the upper bushings in it as well. What is my best option at this point. Now that I have the new lower bushings, but still need the upper ones. And also how would I change the upper ones. The whole chassis would have to come off the frame again, how could I do that from my house. Where do I go from here.......????? I don't want the car back at the same body shop, they SUCK, and don't speak good english. Why didn't I take Spanish 2.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 08:55 AM
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First off, don't freak out too much that you bought the GM bushings. The Energy suspension kit doesn't include the lower bushings for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th position. The Energy suspension kit can be installed in your garage with a couple of jacks. I just installed the ES bushing set this past Saturday and it was not that hard. I bought the ES kit from summit for around $62. Here's how I did it. I put the car on 4 jack stands just high enough to get the creeper under the car. I loosened all the passenger side bushings/bolts so the bolts were half way out. I removed all the driver side bolts. I then lifted the driver side using two jacks. One towards the front door and one towards the rear door. The jacks were positioned under the rocker panel on the outside of the frame with a flat piece of metal or piece of two by four on the jack pad. Lift both jacks evenly. It took about 3" of lift to get the number 4 positon upper bushing out as I had to slide it down the frame to the number five postion to remove. Install the new upper bushings and lower the driver's side body, checking bushing alignment as you go (the position one bushing is a bear but should be a breeze if the front clip is off). Install the lower bushings (and the position 2,3,4 GM lower bushings you have) and start the bolts but leave loose. Do the passenger side the same way and when finished, tighten all bolts to 52ftlbs (FSM spec). You may be able to return the unused GM bushings for a refund. If you have any questions, e-mail me.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 09:40 AM
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Thanks, I wil cal SUMMIT right away. Just wondering, does the ES kit have directions, and a diagram that shows you position numbers? I'll set out to do it this weekend and i'll post here afterwards.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 10:02 AM
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Here is a link for installing the lower bushings.
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With the further info from RPO-B4Z, you should be able to do it fine.
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 11:03 AM
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Well I guess I wont be changing the bushings this week. I just got off the phone with Summit Racing, they said that the bushings were $81.39, in red or black, and would take 30 days from today to get. I live in Miami, and Murray's Speed & Custom is about a mile or so away from me, so I called them up. They said it would be 99.95, and would take 10 days to get. I would really like to do it this weekend, if anyone lives here and knows where to go, fill me in. Thanks [img]7.gif[/img]
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2002, 03:50 PM
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Hey billy, I'm also in Miami and wanna do the bushing swap...Tell you what, if your gonna buy the whole ES kit, I'll take the gm ones that you got...let me know...I've been puttin off ordering them, cause i wanna get some other crap done first, but let me know...I stay down here in perrine...
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2002, 12:09 PM
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The ES bushing kit that the NAISSO store sells includes all 30 bushings.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2002, 09:31 PM
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Get the black ES bushings....Do NOT get the red ones...they squeak way more than the black ones!!
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2002, 11:53 PM
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Hi guys,

I have all 12 lower body bushings (From GM)that are required to do the lower mod. I paid 96.00 for them, which is a 10% discount from them, they originally wanted 108.00. I have my receipt from the Maroone dealer in Pembroke Pines,FL. I bought them about a week ago, and haven't even taken them out of the bag yet. If you want them, I could sell them to you for 90.00 bucks. Let me know, I live in North Miami, but could meet up with you somewhere. Just send me an e-mail @ [email protected].

And yes I think I am going to order the black ES bushings, I also heard that they were more quiet then the red ones. Someone on the forum said that's because they have graphite in them, which accounts for the black coloring, but that hasn't been verified with ES or any of their retailers, so I couldn't say for sure. If anyone knows, chime in.

Also, BIG thanks to RPO-B4Z for the info on changing all of the bushings. I will be using your exact install method, when I do this mod in the next couple of weeks, thanks, I appreciate it. This forum rocks!!!!!! OUT.

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