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Old 01-21-2013, 02:59 PM
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jiminni, I have jack stands, so I can check that.

As for the bushings, I have them, but don't have them installed yet. Sorry for the confusion. I physically have them ordered and in my hands, but I still need to put them on.

When I kick the tires as the car is planted on the ground, I see them shake, so I know the bushings are bad for sure.

Other than that, I guess I would need someone with me who knows what they are looking for in terms of what parts are loose under there.
Got it If you know your front control arm bushings are bad......most likely they are with that milage, then when you install your new, hopefully, Powerflex poly bushings, you will be completely amazed at the difference. Everyone, I mean, everyone that goes from bad stock bushings to new poly bushings is dumbfounded Hope it all works well for you. Oh BTW, when's the last time you got a GOOD alignment? That makes a big diff also if way off.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:05 PM
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I actually very recently got a very good alignment. The bushings ARE power flex!!

I will update when I hear back from parts replaced. Thanks for all the help guys!
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:11 PM
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remember to get another alignment after the new bushings are installed.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:16 PM
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Fuck yeah! lol
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:37 PM
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Rally, any thoughts?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:42 PM
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While ur changing lca bushing, change inner ball joints as it become easily accessible during lca install. Followed by replacement of tie rods and outer ball joints.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:49 PM
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My parts have been w/ me for some time, sway bar bushes included. Just the thought of all the work involved, dropping the sub-frame w/o a lift & all, makes me just wanna ignore all those symptoms for now.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:46 AM
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Is there a noticeable difference between replacing the stock bushings versus a poly bushing? (both being brand spanking new)

Also along those lines which bushings will give the best bang for your buck as far as tightening up steering feel and responsiveness?
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:00 AM
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Is there a noticeable difference between replacing the stock bushings versus a poly bushing? (both being brand spanking new)

Also along those lines which bushings will give the best bang for your buck as far as tightening up steering feel and responsiveness?
Have never had anyone replace new OEM's straight to new poly's, so......? But have to think their is a diff. Poly's will give you tighter steering just because they are much stiffer material.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:12 AM
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I had replaced mine with OEM once before I went PF polys.

OEMs are alright in terms of giving back the stock tightness however, it still felt not as-sharp as the polys that went on later on due to immature wears.

Never replace LCA bushings with OEM rubber trash...
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you just made my car feel old
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They are old
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:03 PM
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My parts have been w/ me for some time, sway bar bushes included. Just the thought of all the work involved, dropping the sub-frame w/o a lift & all, makes me just wanna ignore all those symptoms for now.

I just saw your new thread, and thought everyone here would benefit from it as well, so link
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Hi Konstantinos, do you have any updates on the Koni shocks and TSW springs? What else did you end up replacing? I'm getting ready to purchase the Koni Sports too ..I was going to stick with OEM shocks (almost 45k miles) but I'm hearing a lot of praise about the TSW springs too.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:39 AM
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Hey bud. I actually got the front sway bar bushings done, as well as the powerflex lower control arm bushings. I have not yet installed the Koni Yellow / TSW setup, seeing as the tech I got from MINI to do it got banned from taking tools home. He got caught borrowing the spring compressor for me... I am still looking for a good tech to put these in. I don't think it's a DIY, is it, anyone?
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