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Old 03-16-2013, 04:15 PM   #203
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i had been quoted the same. i couldve had it done in just over an hour except for that last control arm bolt, and i didnt have jack squat for tools. just some basic sockets and a floor jack.

this is what was left of the bushing that gave out
[IMG] Untitled by gtferrari, on Flickr[/IMG]

new control arm
[IMG] Untitled by gtferrari, on Flickr[/IMG]

even with the added cost of a control arm ($147), a camber bolt ($17) and a control arm bolt($10), and all the hassle i came out way ahead of having the dealer do it. well worth the trouble.

went to the dealer after getting it all put back together for a 4 wheel alignment ($89). it was a little out, but was correctable. bounce tested it for any squeaks or rattles and found out the front wheel liner was interfering with the strut so we had to trim a little away to clearance the strut.


i am a little nervous that i assembled the front struts wrong. there was no instructions on how to assemble them. i may or may not have put the bearing in upside down. everything looks right and everything seated together (the ridges seated into the recesses/cups without having to be forced. and i know i put the bump stops in upside down but that wont effect anything
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2008 Vista Blue SES Coupe 5spd FRPP Zx3B Suspension
5000K D2S Retrofit
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