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Chicago 10-04-2012 11:10 AM

Whiteline LCA bushings for DD?
 
Hey guys,

I've been having some troubles with my suspension, and based on how it drives, the advice from others on the forum, and stories from others with similar problems, it looks like I have broken Endlinks and/or LCA bushings. Since Endlinks are cheap, I picked up a set of Rallitek HD to upgrade a bit. When I install those, I am going to inspect the bushings as well. Before I get into that, I've been doing some research on the subject, and I need some advice. I am a somewhat agressive driver when the car is handling normal, but unfortunately, a majority of my driving is the commute to work (1 hr both ways). I already have 58k miles on a 2009. That said, this car will never see a track of any sorts, especially since I don't have the turbo. I still want to have some fun driving, but will installing polyurethane bushings (i.e. Whiteline), make it a rougher ride for mainly a DD? I'd like to upgrade, but don't want to sacrifice the ride at the same time. These are basically my options (for driver and passenger):

1) Whiteline front LCA bushings: ~$165 + labor
2) OE replacement bushings: ~$46 + labor
3) OE replacement LCA w/ bushings and ball joints: ~$356, and I can install myself.

I'm hesitant to try to remove/press the bushings myself, as I am not very experienced with things of this nature, and I don't have any mechanic friends.

Thoughts?

Chicago 10-04-2012 11:13 AM

Also, I am on a budget, so forking out $300+ is not easy. At the same time, I hear horror stories about these bushings, and if upgrading means I won't have to replace them often, that is a bonus given that I plan on driving this car into the ground.

a93x 10-04-2012 11:14 AM

Just put on the whiteline LCA bushings a few weeks ago, love them so far. I would def recommend. I watched my mechanic friend do mine and I would for sure say to have someone do it for you. There quite the ***** to get out of the car, and then to get the or bushings out of the arm.

Max Capacity 10-04-2012 11:17 AM

Go with the up grade bushings,
Pay the man to do the job
You should not need ball joints, ever in most of these cars.

I have whitelins and AVO in my LCA, been there for many years. No difference in the ride.

adreyna 10-04-2012 05:05 PM

yea Im in the process of getting stuff together to do mine. I got a good deal from BostonMortorSports here on the forum, $158 shipped for whitelines. Thinking of having my friend do them for me since I recently had shoulder surgery, and I don't have money to fork out for the install.

boxkita 10-05-2012 09:34 AM

I run a full set of whiteline bits (setup for the track) on what has become a daily driver (28 miles of stop-go traffic). Other than the beating I take on downtown streets (lowered with very little suspension travel), I have had no problems. In fact, having the upgraded bushings seems to help when a quick burst is needed to squeeze into a space.

Changing your springs/shocks will have a far greater effect on your comfort, than the LCA bushings.

Yamifanatic 10-05-2012 09:37 AM

do the bushings i have them in my sti which i DD, honestly it just firms up everything and takes out the slop.

adreyna 10-05-2012 12:41 PM

boxkita you should help me install mine!

robitrice 10-05-2012 02:19 PM

i love whiteline, i got them and they are fine for dd use.

whitetiger 10-05-2012 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boxkita (Post 4101765)
I run a full set of whiteline bits (setup for the track) on what has become a daily driver (28 miles of stop-go traffic). Other than the beating I take on downtown streets (lowered with very little suspension travel), I have had no problems. In fact, having the upgraded bushings seems to help when a quick burst is needed to squeeze into a space.

Changing your springs/shocks will have a far greater effect on your comfort, than the LCA bushings.


+1 to all this.

boxkita 10-05-2012 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adreyna (Post 4102264)
boxkita you should help me install mine!

We would be a pair, I'm clueless and you're helpless. Actually, I need to swap my brakes this weekend. Bring your car down and we can work it together. I'm willing to learn new stuff (I did this once on my '70 Challenger)

turbomacharged 10-05-2012 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adreyna (Post 4100694)
yea Im in the process of getting stuff together to do mine. I got a good deal from BostonMortorSports here on the forum, $158 shipped for whitelines. Thinking of having my friend do them for me since I recently had shoulder surgery, and I don't have money to fork out for the install.

adreyna, was that $158 for all four (2 sets, rear bushings and inner bushings) from Boston? Curious because my car has been saying its time and may as well do it all at once.

adreyna 10-06-2012 04:23 AM

^Yup! Got them delivered today! I just need to get some tools together! Yea pm BostonMotorSports. I got WL yellow kc334 and w0506

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lingling1337 10-06-2012 12:26 PM

I like my Gp. N front and Whiteline rear bushings for dd, no increase in NVH.

EDIT: Pulling and re-installing the LCAs isn't too hard, I'd just pay to have someone press the bushings. If you aren't comfortable with that though, I would say pay someone to install rather than buying a whole new LCA assembly. My shop quoted an hour a side to replace the bushings, so $170 in labor.


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