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Old 12-01-2003, 09:49 AM
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suspension recommendations

I intend to remove and replace my suspensions shock-spring-bushing in the next months. Any recommendations on where to buy, what to be carefull of during the work, and any potential upgrades (although I try to keep the car as original as possible).
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Old 12-01-2003, 10:07 AM
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If you are doing shocks and want to stay original,
Then tirerack.com has stock new Koni shocks priced about the same as it would cost to rebuild and refinish your old ones.
If you are doing shocks, you might as well replace your suspension bushings while you have your A arms out.
They will be as worn as the shock bushings.
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:02 AM
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Agreed, but tirerack doesn't sell bushings. Who seel at reasonable price OEM replacement bushings?
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:03 AM
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Where I left off before I injured my hand...
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:13 AM
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I went polly on my bushings, but you can pickup OEM from any FNA dealer, or check with the fine sponsors of this site.
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:13 AM
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I have also seen some pulyurethane bushings for sale at nickforza.com. Any details on this material for bushings? Any comments on what to expect for price?
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:18 AM
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Here are the bushings I used...
The G means that they are graphite impregnated so they wont squeak when its cold out.
I had Norwoods ship them to me...
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:24 AM
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Dave, how do you insert the bushings on your A-arm and shocks?
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:39 AM
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Bushings can be knocked out with a mallet,
or pressed out with a press.

But you will need to grind off the old weld first.

Cheap air grinder...
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Then grind off these welds...
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Very useful pictures Dave, thanks, DJ
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Shot of arm refinished, with mod to clear new shocks,
and new bushings before install...
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No problem DJ...
What started out as a suspension rebuild project
has turned into a complete front end restoration.
And I was planing on posting the article in the parts and service section, with Rob's permission of course...
Including documentation of proper tools you would need in order to complete each phase of the operation,
replacement part numbers, paints used, hose type and sizes,
so on...
So look for that in the future.
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Same here, started restoring the front end frame due to minor rusting in frame crossmembers, replaced OEM cooling fans with Haydens, sandblasting all A-arms, used POR-15 on the frame and sway bar, I love that stuff! Then spraying undercoating over the POR-15(2 coats) so I won't have to mess around with rust ever again on the front. Front shocks were completely wasted and the coil springs were bent badly, looked like a crescent moon shape. Went with superformance 20% uprated coils.


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No problem DJ...
What started out as a suspension rebuild project
has turned into a complete front end restoration.
And I was planing on posting the article in the parts and service section, with Rob's permission of course...
Including documentation of proper tools you would need in order to complete each phase of the operation,
replacement part numbers, paints used, hose type and sizes,
so on...
So look for that in the future.
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Old 12-01-2003, 12:10 PM
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