This was with RSR springs on KYB struts. Rough concrete (ie hard edge seams and breaks) roads. They were difficult to press in and the arm was heated to get round enough to get the bushings in, so the heat could have caused it to separate from the metal ring although the others are all fine. This happened in <5k miles. I talked to the guys at HardRace in FL and they were certainly open and took it very seriously, but since I wasn't interested in a warranty claim we didn't pursue it past that. I definitely don't want to try to badmouth them as a company.
I think that may be what happened. We used no heat but I had it done at a friend's shop where he had professional tools and presses and even fabricated the right sized adapter for the press and we have no problems to speak of.
I checked mine yesterday and they look as good as they day they went on, feel the same too so I think something may have initiated the failure with the install on yours. I'm on STI pink springs and factory shocks but I'm not sure lowering would cause an additional concern...if anything going lower puts less angle on the control arm which should be easier on the bushing.
Well, after having all four bushings replaced on the Lower Control Arms, and everything seeming back-to-normal for a while...my car feels very jittery again. My tires are fairly new, but still have about 2,250 miles to go until rotation. Should I have them rebalanced and do a four-wheel alignment to see if that helps? Do I need new shocks and struts (at only 42,700 miles, I would hope not)? Also, the steering wheel seems to dart away from me on bumps, etc. more than I can remember. Would love to hear what you all think...
'14 XT stock 42k miles. Just had to have both front lower control arm rear bushings replaced. Out of warranty but I called Subie NA to complain. I don't off road and its cr*p I even have to think about such an issue with this many miles. (My opinion anyway.)
Took to Subie dealer shop in hopes of getting it done no cost. They seem to agree it's odd to have the go so early in life. Will let you know how it goes.
Wanted to update on my LCA replacement after my HardRace bushing tore out of the arm, I ended up buying Dorman / Arnley-Beck (now the same company but selling under both names) LCA for 2011 STi. ~$135 each.
Aluminum casting and finish appear very high quality, bushings as well. I have oversize sway bar links so I had to drill out end link mounting tab holes, again material was very dense with no porosity. 20mm of caster is built into the STi arms, so as mentioned before I bought the Subaru 10mm spacer (and bolt) to get the stock 30mm caster offset. Fitment was excellent. Toe was way out (>3deg both sides) but aligned perfectly.
I utilize the brackets the STi arms interfere with so I cut and re-welded those to be able to keep them. I just cut and flipped the original perimeter rod bend, fit perfectly, see pic, someone who is a decent welder could do a much cleaner job.
Huge improvement in handling, steering is actually lighter with much better feel than the original style bushings but without the wandering in tracking that is so disconcerting with the OEM and even HardRace bushings.
Part # - 524-595 Dorman & 524-596 Dorman, Beck-Arnley sells the exact same parts with their own part number. The Dorman parts are slightly cheaper and have a better warranty (lifetime against defects). Partsgeek was the only place I found them but I didn't look very hard.
I was reading a lot about benefits of upgrading to 19/20mm RSB and PERRIN Steering Dampener Lockdown (together with better tires). It makes sense, 2015 XT definitely needs some improvements.
I am mostly concerned with on center sloppy steerring feel at highway speeds, sharp cornering at low...
I bought a 2014 Forester in early October, 2013. It is the 2.5 with auto tranny. I recently have been driving on some slick highways. I drove 2600 miles from Alaska to Washington State in December of this year, very little bare pavement. I found the "Dynamic Control" to be a real pain and a...
STI/WRX steering rack install instructions, anyone, anyone....
Into a 2004 FXT 5 MT.
I might be going there soon.
I tried the old sf.com cached pages and came up bubkis.
There is at least 4-6 of you guys out there that have done this.
Could you post what parts are needed and the steps...
I am really wanting to lift my 2019 sport and looking for some advice on kits. The LP aventure kit seems like so much more $ than all of the others, but also seems to be the only one that lifts 2" in both front and rear. I just don't like the idea of the readylift only going 1.5" in the rear. Is...
Ive been reading on the forum and it seems that our Forester has a rather bumpy ride. I have a 18 XT touring with 20mm RSB upgrade and stock everything else. I notice that the car feels unsteady especially on roads with multiple bumps. The ride doesnt feel "calm". I rode a 17 touring...