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Energy Suspension Hyperflex Kit 1g Fwd: Front Control Arm Bushings Install

Posted by Turblown, Jun 22, 2007

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    Click here for an overview of the Energy Suspension Hyperflex Kit.

    Performing this mod makes the most sense if you are replacing other parts of the front steering, suspension and/or brakes. In my case, I replaced pretty much everything in these categories. Because it is part of the control arm, there is information on Ball Joints in this article. This is not an exact step by step article, but will assist in the more difficult parts of the install.

    ***Note: The control arm bracket (c shaped) that holds the back part of the control arm to the subframe and wraps around the bigger of the two bushings does not have a replacement bushing included in this kit. DO NOT REMOVE the rubber bushing in this bracket or you will have to replace the whole bracket.

    Tools Needed:
    Hayne's manual
    Basic ratchet set
    3-Jaw Puller (for Ball Joint)
    Dremel (optional)
    Hammer

    Here are the new Energy Suspension Front Control Arm Bushings out of the box. There is a front bushing that includes an inner metal sleeve, a smaller bushing and ring. There is also a bigger bushing that sits to the rear of the Front Control Arm that is about the size of one of those short soda cans.

    Lower Control Arm 01.JPG


    Here are the old bushings off of the vehicle.

    Lower Control Arm 02.JPG


    Here is the new Ball Joint from McQuay-Norris.

    Lower Control Arm 03.JPG


    Here is the old Ball Joint removed from the vehicle.

    Lower Control Arm 04.JPG


    Part 1:
    Remove the Front Control Arm following the instructions in the Hayne's manual, which refers to it as just a control arm. Remove the ball joint (optional), by first pulling the snap ring off and then using a 3 jaw puller (or shop press if available). Remove the smaller bushing on the front using a hammer to push it out. Remove the bigger bushing on the back by pulling it off by hand. The front control arm, bushings and ball joint on the driver's side should look like the photo below.

    Lower Control Arm 05.JPG


    Part 2:
    Use a dremel to smooth out the bushing hole on the front control arm. Use the prelube to lube up any bushing surface that will make contact with metal. The front bushing and bushing hole look like photo below.

    Lower Control Arm 06.JPG


    Part 3:
    Install the ball joint by using the 3 jaw puller (or shop press if available) and install the snap ring. Tap the smaller front bushing into place and then hammer in the inner metal sleeve. Push the bigger back bushing on by hand. Once all of this is installed it should look like the photo below.

    Lower Control Arm 10.JPG


    Part 4:
    Now that the control arm is complete, follow the Hayne's manual instructions for installation. I found it easier to make sure the bolt is through on the front of the control arm and then work with the back. It may be necessary to remove the bushing on the back of the control arm while aligning the bolt holes. The control arm installed is pictured below.

    Lower Control Arm 11.JPG


    Here is a close up of the front of the control arm.

    Lower Control Arm 12.JPG


    Here is a close up of the back of the control arm including the control arm bracket.

    Lower Control Arm 13.jpg


    The install is complete. Contact me with any questions.
     
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