How to: change control arm bushings

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Chris04sxt
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Post by Chris04sxt » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:50 pm

I know this is a few weeks late but, rockauto.com has Moog LCA with ball joint for $75 each. There are also some made by Dorman for $36 each.
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Post by BlackRoseRacing » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:00 pm

Chris04sxt wrote:I know this is a few weeks late but, rockauto.com has Moog LCA with ball joint for $75 each. There are also some made by Dorman for $36 each.
Are they complete control arms for $75 each?
Techs have figured out tricks to get the bushing swapped out in about a half an hr per side without removing the whole control arm......

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Post by Chris04sxt » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:51 am

BlackRoseRacing wrote:
Chris04sxt wrote:I know this is a few weeks late but, rockauto.com has Moog LCA with ball joint for $75 each. There are also some made by Dorman for $36 each.
Are they complete control arms for $75 each?
Techs have figured out tricks to get the bushing swapped out in about a half an hr per side without removing the whole control arm......
They look to be complete. I'll know for sure in a few weeks since I'm getting ready to replace mine.
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Post by Gnuserup » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:53 pm

UPDATE and a few more details -

get something to derust the control arms.

The two screws on the rear are really long and heavy, I took a really long ratchet (50cm) and the M24 nut.

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For preventing the axle to flip of the sleeve at the trany - what I did on my SXT unwanted before, I´m using some wire to fix the strut a bit and lift the knuckle some centimeters (beware, the jack could slip away this way).

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Take very careful attention to the balljoints sleeve to not destroy it while levering the control arm.

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I took a simple bench vise to depress the bushing

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And a sledgehammer for the bigger.

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A cutter was enough for the rubber to remove.

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PU-bushings this way. You only need the bigger metall-inner from the bigger bushings.

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oh - btw if I haven´t mentioned it before - the complete arms I used sometime before were crap,
they were possibly too cheap and the ball-joint bushings were looking that bad after some months

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Same thing on the less cheap OEM-arms.

The other big bushings were looking worn as well on the cheap china arms, but not at the dearer pair.

I would suggest: always try PU-bushings, don´t try OEM-arms

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Post by NickKo » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:57 pm

Gnuserup - Great pictures, Thanks !! :thumbup:


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