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Old 02-02-2007, 05:31 AM   #1
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Default It's just after 3am and I just finished installing the TiC rear diff race bushings

Not a commonly installed part from what I've seen/heard. I'll actually drive on it tomorrow and see what a difference the bushings make.

Getting the two center studs out is a real pain, but the stock bushings pulled right out with just a flat head screwdriver and no C-clamps/workbench.

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Old 02-02-2007, 08:47 AM   #2
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Not a commonly installed part from what I've seen/heard. I'll actually drive on it tomorrow and see what a difference the bushings make.

Getting the two center studs out is a real pain, but the stock bushings pulled right out with just a flat head screwdriver and no C-clamps/workbench.

That is all.
I put them on my car. Makes a good difference on shifting... no more huge clunk. I was shocked at how squishy the stock bushings were. Well worth the $$ + effort just to get rid of that clunk.

I had no trouble getting the studs out, but it was a beeotch getting them back in... took at -least- half an hour of nudging the brace around to get it -perfectly- lined up over the holes so that I could get the threads started. A fair dollop of cursing helped that right out though... after which, the car complied and bent to my will and I finished the install.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:32 AM   #3
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congrats on the install chris


stuff benting at james' will...Impossible! ahah
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:52 AM   #4
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Not a commonly installed part from what I've seen/heard. I'll actually drive on it tomorrow and see what a difference the bushings make.

Getting the two center studs out is a real pain, but the stock bushings pulled right out with just a flat head screwdriver and no C-clamps/workbench.

That is all.
I'm not looking forward to my install of those either.
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Old 02-02-2007, 12:57 PM   #5
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I have always wanted to get these but never pulled the pin. What was your total instal time? James did you install the whole kit? I thought you just did the otrigger bushings or something?
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:01 PM   #6
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Getting the diff back up and the holes lined up was simple, I just held my finger to the outer bolt hole while jacking the diff back up slowly. Once I felt the holes seemed to line up sure enough it was a perfect fit. I could do that part again with my eyes shut.(they pretty much were anyways because I left the rear diffuser on and couldn't see the holes)
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:06 PM   #7
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I have always wanted to get these but never pulled the pin. What was your total instal time? James did you install the whole kit? I thought you just did the otrigger bushings or something?
Probably took me about two and a half hours.

I was up late working and then felt like getting something on the car done before going to sleep. Also just got over strep throat after almost a week and I'm really really sick of staring at all these parts laying around on my floor.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:09 PM   #8
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Thanks, 2.5 hrs is not too bad, ill prob order some soon.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:48 PM   #9
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That is a great read and thanks for the step by step.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:33 PM   #10
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Just drove on it for the first time. I have to say I definitely like it. The rear end feels more predictable now. I also have the Whiteline outter rear subframe bushings installed though. I haven't tried the subframe locking bolts yet, but they're in my glovebox and next in line.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:09 PM   #11
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I have always wanted to get these but never pulled the pin. What was your total instal time? James did you install the whole kit? I thought you just did the otrigger bushings or something?
I only put the diff support bushings in, same ones he's talking about in the original post. I didn't do the outrigger bushings b/c there's still some 'debate' as to whether they're ST legal.

It took me about an hour + 15 or 20 ... a large chunk of which was lining up the stupid diff and the holes in the bracket upon reinstall. It is incredibly 'tight' and you're screwing this thing back into aluminum threads, which I was very leery of stripping. I applaud the luck of prototypewrx for getting his to line up so fast.
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I applaud the luck of prototypewrx for getting his to line up so fast.
I think I'll be helping Brian pretty soon so we'll see if I can do it again or if it was just luck. One thing that I think might have made it so easy is that I used a jack that only goes straight up and down, not like the typical jack that slides either front/back or side to side. So when it was time to reinstall all I had to worry about was getting the height right which was easy to feel w/ my finger in one of the outer bolt holes.
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:32 PM   #13
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I think I'll be helping Brian pretty soon so we'll see if I can do it again or if it was just luck. One thing that I think might have made it so easy is that I used a jack that only goes straight up and down, not like the typical jack that slides either front/back or side to side. So when it was time to reinstall all I had to worry about was getting the height right which was easy to feel w/ my finger in one of the outer bolt holes.

That's a good idea, using a 'vertical only' jack (guessing you used a bottle-jack?)... I can see how that would've helped. My jack let the diff rock around a bit.
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:11 PM   #14
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That's a good idea, using a 'vertical only' jack (guessing you used a bottle-jack?)... I can see how that would've helped. My jack let the diff rock around a bit.
Stock butterfly jack FTW! Haha so many people don't think to use it in some of the most useful situations. I just turned it by hand to raise/lower.
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Well, I guess there will be enough people who know how to do the bushing install that will be able to help me once the weather warms up. Im gonna do lots of bushings at the same time; Klunk Killer, Holy Shift set, and Cusco Mounts.
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