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Old 10-31-2011, 04:07 PM   #11
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Mac, thanks for the pic, I thought about that but was worried about mucking up the bracket and having sharp edges on the new poly bushing, good to see it's not a difficult task. I simply traded dinner for my friend and his wife for 2 hours of machine shop labor

And I do like the red, but I rarely see them, rear sway bar links you can see when walking up from a distance.

I did the entire set as part a full suspension rebuild, 119k miles on the stock suspension so it was definitely time!!! The poly bushings lead to more work though, figured if I had all the arms off, I may was well sand prime and repaint them. then I figured, well I may as well repaint my red brake calipers now too!

The SVT on all poly bushings was an awesome change. I now have plans to do a full poly bushing set on the mazdaspeed miata when it's suspension comes due for a re-fresh!
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Mac, thanks for the pic, I thought about that but was worried about mucking up the bracket and having sharp edges on the new poly bushing, good to see it's not a difficult task. I simply traded dinner for my friend and his wife for 2 hours of machine shop labor

And I do like the red, but I rarely see them, rear sway bar links you can see when walking up from a distance.

I did the entire set as part a full suspension rebuild, 119k miles on the stock suspension so it was definitely time!!! The poly bushings lead to more work though, figured if I had all the arms off, I may was well sand prime and repaint them. then I figured, well I may as well repaint my red brake calipers now too!

The SVT on all poly bushings was an awesome change. I now have plans to do a full poly bushing set on the mazdaspeed miata when it's suspension comes due for a re-fresh!

When you said that the "poly bushings lead to more work", what were you implying? That it was hard to install the bushings, or that the stiffer bushings would ware out other components?
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yes I just did this, I grinded down both sides they would no just punch out I had to drill the remaining rivet out..... I boogered one of the arms holes a little but not to bad, if its an issue i will drill out the holes to a bigger size and use bigger bolts to hold the ball joint on.... the ball joint bit is the biggest PITA of this job ,the burning out of bushings was easy and so was putting the new poly ones in.
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I had used a three jaw puller to remove the rear bushing from the LCA. I do not have a torch to burn them off, so i used a saw and a grinder to remove the excess rubber from the mount and used a air hammer to remove the inner sleeves. The bushings fit pretty well. How well do they mount up and how does it ride with the new bushings installed. Also if someone could tell me where i can find bigger sway bars to improve handling. I have a ZX3 so there is a rear bar. Any information would be beneficial. Thanks!
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I was going to do that= poly bushings. I replaced the arms instead w/ CFM's tubular arms.
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I had seen and had considered that. They would be lighter but the way they looked it looked as if they would not fit properly and that perhaps that they were labeled incorrectly as being Focus parts. How do they work for you?
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I had seen and had considered that. They would be lighter but the way they looked it looked as if they would not fit properly and that perhaps that they were labeled incorrectly as being Focus parts. How do they work for you?
They are beefed up focus central ones= thicker steel & have gusset's to beef up the corner's. Late '09 or so Ht Performance & CFM, started doing these. I waited for a little bit for them to get this right. CFM to over the project & got going on these. I like these better then Dom's flca's. Instead of using the nylock that comes w/ them, I used 2 jam nuts. Easier to undue if you have to. The instrution's say's to turn the heim so 3 threads are showing, I turned mine out to 4.5 threads= more camber. Lighter weight, stronger, adjustable & reduce's wheel hop too. Get the boot's also.
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