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This is a discussion on Lateral Links - Wagon vs Sedan? within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; ha.. OK, I got all the bushings pushed out. "Practiced putting one back in and the sharp edges sliced off ...

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    ha.. OK, I got all the bushings pushed out. "Practiced putting one back in and the sharp edges sliced off the flange, and yes that was with grease.

    Used some sandpaper and dulled the sharp edge, pushed the stock bushing in pretty easy.

    Then went for the GroupN bushing... HOLY CARP! That's a tight fit. It seems to work like a squeegee and wipes the grease away as it goes in. Any suggestions on super slippery stuff for that? I was using white moly grease and got one in after two trys. I stopped while I was ahead and hadn't broken anything

    Oh yeah... good thing I ordered the bushings.. one of the links had two outside bushings in it instead of one outside and one inside

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    I use silglyde (sp?) from NAPA- it's a silicone grease- rubber friendly- I've had good luck w/ it. It'll stick a little more to the rubber vs moly, but still provide need lubrication. Put some in the lateral link hole too.

    I'd consider opening the holes a bit- I wrapped sandpaper around a socket- it was very tedious and time consuming, but worked. There may be an easier way, I just wanted to insure that I only took out a minimal amount.

    that's nice of FHI- would be pretty tough to install like that

    pics- the guys like pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sky WRX View Post
    I'd consider opening the holes a bit- I wrapped sandpaper around a socket- it was very tedious and time consuming, but worked. There may be an easier way, I just wanted to insure that I only took out a minimal amount.
    Instead of modifying the structural integrity of the link, I took the bushing over to the grinding wheel and gave them a bit of a trim. The bushing for the toe adjustment needed this.
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    Hmmm... got the one side put back together and even when torqued down to 100ft/lbs, I'm not getting full thread engagement on the nut on the long bolt through the bottom of the hub. And yes, I'm using the thin washers provided by Poltec. The lest few threads are where the nut is stamped for self locking so at this point it's just on there tight but if it were to lossen at all it would just fall off. This concerns me. Is it like this for you guys? (JR and BigSky)

    Is the STi bolt a lil longer maybe?

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    Here's a pic...

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    that's very close to where mine is

    you could get a thinner nylock nut if it concerns you
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    Guess I'll just keep an eye on it and check it in a few days.

    Also BigSky, for the outer bolt, the long one, the Subaru manual calls for 100 ft/lbs.

    The inner lateral link bolts are 74 ft/lbs.

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    your correct- I was looking at the inner
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    forgot to ask how was it pressing them in?
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    The rear inner bushings were a bit of trouble. Did like JR said and touched them on the grinding wheel a little. Still bubbled out a little even pressing them in slow. pressing them in still caused a bit of material to get shaved off, even with sanding the sharp edge of the metal smoother. Oh well, I figure if its THAT tight, they're in there pretty good

    The others went fine. Having a 20 ton press to use probably helped.

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    I don't know why, but pressing them in the steel links is much easier- still worth the effort though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sky WRX View Post
    that's very close to where mine is
    +1

    I haven't had problems with mine yet. *knocks on wood*


    Also, if you put a nice smooth rounded edge on the aluminum arms before you press in the bushings, it makes things go much easier.
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    Yeah, I hit the sharp edge with some sandpaper before starting. All the others went fine, but those rear inners were extra tight even after running them on the grinder a little bit.

    Oh well, at this point I'm done. The first side took me a while, had to figure a few things out, like how to break loose the inner bolts with the car on the ground, would have been easy up on a lift. Once I figured that out, the other side didn't take long at all.

    Took it for a ride to make sure there weren't any funny noises. I think I'll take it easy for a few days and then check all the nuts and bolts. I'm also going to mark that one nut that doesn't bit all the way so I can see if it moves at all. I can see it through the wheels so it would be easy to check it that way.


    Thanks for all the help guys, I'm hoping this will be a better setup than I had before. Gotta get a better strut/spring combo and then some R-comp tires now

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    Once you do get on things a bit, I was amazed how tight the rear end feels.
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    Nice tight rear ends are good

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