They tend not to replace just the bushings because they may get in trouble removing the old bushings which could result in them having to tell the customer that they should just replace the entire arm, together with labor trying to get the old bushing out that goes wasted or else adds to the customer bill. Even with an easy bushing replacement job, the labor may come close to getting a new arm with new bushings pre installed. A shop here wanted $ 60 labor per bushing (I'm sure you can find a place that does it cheaper) for my (front) lower control arms (4x bushings = $ 240) so I indeed got a hf 20 ton press. You may have to add the price for a sleeve kit (~ $... now I just have to find a place with a press that's willing to press the old ones out and the new ones in. The first two local shops I called said they don't have a press, they just replace the whole control arm. For the price of a new control arm I could buy a 12 ton harbor freight press myself!
Seems to be pulling the bushing a bit out. Curious if the other side shows the bushing being pulled in. Doesn't look great but it doesn't look that bad either. Mine are worn down (with over 90K miles) resulting in repeated clunking if the road is not smooth enough. I'll be replacing the entire strut.Also noticed the bushings on my rear struts didn't look so hot, despite being only year-old KYB units. Anyone else seen this/know if it's bad?
glad its working better than stock for you..
generally, for me, if my suspension bottoms out, there are two fixes
1. go slower, or
2. reduce inflation so the wheel wont bounce so hard
the way I determined that gen3 front and gen2 rear was a mismatch, for me, was when going over speed bumps.. They make the difference in compliance and rebound really obvious. In any case, if you decide you want a more symmetrical suspension, you can just change the dampers on whichever end you prefer.
Ok @jon_slider, I'll eat my words. After this discussion I was very careful to feel how the car went over bumps and I think you are right. The damping mismatch between the front and back is probably bigger than I would like. However, I think I'll go with Gen2 struts in front to even it out.
The reality is that I'll probably just live with it how it is. It is so much better than the stock suspension that I took off, that I'll wait until it's time for new struts and just replace them all with gen 2 struts. I will probably change my mind and do something sooner if I do something silly like a lapping session or something like that.
In the original conversation where we talked about the suspension bottoming out, the stock rear suspension would bottom out when I would go over waves in the pavement on a highway, it didn't take anything to bottom it out. If there was a person in the backseat, it bottomed out all of the time. So yes, I had to go slower, but even then it would bottom out. Now that isn't an issue.
I will say, I had about 450 lbs in the back (very unusual circumstance) and I'm really glad I had the Gen 2 shocks in back. It was a wobbly mess, so with less damping it would have been worse.
You mentioned the speed bump test and in that circumstance, the damping mismatch is noticeable. I think it's also noticeable in long sweepers that have waves in the pavement. Any other time I think it's fine.
Excellent option..I think I'll go with Gen2 struts in front to even it out.
Think it looks incredible!Oil change, installed Michelin X-ice on crosstrek wheels. Needed to get a new set as my 16 inch blizzaks on steelies won’t clear upgraded brakes. Here next to the car - we all seen crosstrek wheels on Gen 3 lots of times but since it is new to me I could not resist. I think they look good.
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Very nice setup.... installed Michelin X-ice on crosstrek wheels ...
Yup, just wanted to see how they look so just put 2 random wheels next to the car. When time comes I will make sure to follow a rolling direction arrow. Despite that I do admit- great eye for detail!Very nice setup.
Just in case; if the wheels in the picture are mounted at the corners shown in the picture, it would seem the rear wheel would have its (directional) tire treads pointing backwards. I'm sure it's just shown this way for the photo shoot and I'm just being a pedant.