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    Torn front control arm bushings (I think)

    Not sure if it's considered a bushing or what, so I'll let the photo speak for itself. This is on an 09 Impreza 2.5GT, which is supposed to be equivalent to a 2008 WRX auto:

    (front/passenger side)


    Driver's side has that same type of split in the bushing(?). The car has 130k on it, but I haven't really noticed any handling problems lately, only some occasional light popping noise from that that area over small bumps at low speed.

    Any advice on how serious this is, and what to replace them with? Thanks
    Last edited by TonyG; 04-13-2015 at 08:07 PM.
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    bump for help
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    this post looks really familiar...
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    It is kind of hard to see and it is a tough call. I think that bushing location was not holding up well on the Legacy GT and they were having hit or miss success on warranty dealer repair. If it is split I would want a new one in there personally. But if your tires are wearing OK and it doesn't feel dodgy you might be fine. Definitely a call you need to make yourself though.
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    See I just ended up replacing both control arms.
    So center the spindles broke during the clutch install

    When I was at toyota and these bushings would go bad (not often) most techs preferred to replaced the arms instead of just the bushings. They claim it was too much of a pita
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsibanez View Post
    See I just ended up replacing both control arms.
    So center the spindles broke during the clutch install

    When I was at toyota and these bushings would go bad (not often) most techs preferred to replaced the arms instead of just the bushings. They claim it was too much of a pita
    I was hoping mine would fail the test that allows the recall parts to be ordered (for an '03). That would have gotten new control arms and ball joints for free. I never wanted to do control arms because all the fun ones only fit the sedans.
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    Thanks, it's my DD and I drive 100 miles/day, so I won't take any chances and just fix the problem. I'm hoping it's something I can do myself. I still don't know if I can just change out the bushing or need to get whole new control arms
    -09 Impreza 2.5GT 13.72/ 99.4/1.926
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    That pic looks very familiar... my '05 OBXT was making grinding noises when braking, especially when pointed downhill. Brakes were A-OK but the control bar bushings looked very much like yours. Had them replaced, noises gone.

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    I decided to buy a whole new control arm, which has both bushings and the ball joint already mounted. I did it this way (instead of replacing just the bushing) to save time...and because I think I would have needed a garage’s help to install just the bushing (need a press). With the assembled part, I can replace it myself.

    Parts Geek wanted $282 ea (didn't check shipping)
    Parts.com wanted $206 ea + $50 shipping
    Fred Beans wanted $224.96 each....then they wouldn’t tell me the shipping charges until after I input my CC information it...as if that will make me more likely to buy from them. When I found out that shipping was $40, I cancelled the order.

    The best deal that I found came from Quirk auto, who charged $210 ea + $14 shipping.

    BTW, I found this interesting site from a shop that says this is a common problem in later model Subarus, they even have a photo very similar to mine
    http://mdhmotors.com/subaru-control-arm-bushing-repair/
    Last edited by TonyG; 04-16-2015 at 05:49 AM.
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    Perfect time to install an ALK (unless you autocross and don't want to change classes).
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    Update. I took off the driver's side tonight...it was really fun to take out the ball joint. That "split" I spoke of wasn't a split at all, that's the way the bushing is designed. Here is a side by side comparison (new/old):


    -09 Impreza 2.5GT 13.72/ 99.4/1.926
    -99 Mustang 10.64/136.41.57
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    **** man, I wish I'd seen this earlier. I could have saved you some money...

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