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The Basics of Installing Aftermarket Suspension Bushings

Tightening Up The Bottom End

Sean Klingelhoefer
Jun 18, 2009
Photographer: Gary Narusawa
Ssts 0912 01+installing aftermarket suspension bushings+cover Photo 1/19   |   The Basics of Installing Aftermarket Suspension Bushings

Building an older car is a lot of work and typically filled with plenty of challenges. But in the end, the classic looks of an Ol’ Skool ride and the major props that go with it will set you apart from the crowd. One thing about older cars, and even many newer ones, is that the bushings are almost assuredly shot, as was the case with our little CRX. So for little dough, we purchased an Energy Suspension master bushing kit to freshen everything up. Not only does a new bushing kit transform the handling of the car, but it makes everything underneath look custom. Energy Suspension makes bushing kits for most any car you’d want to build or restore, so the basics of replacing bushings is universal.

Ssts 0912 03+installing aftermarket suspension bushings+bushing kit Photo 2/19   |   01 Here you see our lower control arm (LCA) after having the old bushings removed. We then blasted and powdercoated the arm to keep it blinging. Along with this beautifully refinished piece you see the Energy Suspension Hyper-Flex bushings we are about to install.

TOOLS NEEDED: Jack, jackstands, metric socket set and wrenches (for removing suspension components), vice and/or bench press, needle-nose pliers, hammer, chisel, torch (optional) and air hammer (optional).

Ssts 0912 04+installing aftermarket suspension bushings+bench press Photo 3/19   |   02 Initially we put the LCA into our bench press to push out the old bushings.
Ssts 0912 20+installing aftermarket suspension bushings+installed bushings Photo 19/19   |   13 Here’s what the finalized LCA looks like next to a bare one. The red polyurethane bushings really add a nice touch.

Sources

Energy Suspension
San Clemente, 92673
888-913-6374
http://www.energysuspension.com
By Sean Klingelhoefer
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