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Old 07-14-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hey guys. i had the good grace of being able to bring tools home from work to do my steering rack bushings for my 04 sti this weekend. Does anyone know what size sockets and such that i need as i need to make sure i bring the right tools home as i have to have this done between today and tomorrow. Tried a quick search but could'nt find the sizes. at work so search time was limited. thanks for the help!
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:05 AM   #2
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http://wrx.grapon.com/multimedia/Bushings_wmv.wmv

All you need to know is here^^^

Thanks again Nick!
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Old 07-15-2007, 02:14 AM   #3
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This is a big pain in the ass. I just did mine.
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:25 AM   #4
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just did this... wow what a MOTHER F*Ckin pain!!!
even with the video!!! that guy's car was way nicer to him then mine was... i swear if i didn't have my dad help shimmy the driver side steering arm, i would never have gotten that damn bushing in!
i can usually tackle these projects with no problem, but this i will never do again.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:32 AM   #5
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I did that install on at least three separate cars with varying miles and grit underneath. Each time, it was exactly like it was when I did it in that video.
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:19 PM   #6
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jeze 46 megs .. ever hear of youtube?
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #7
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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Yeah it was an hour or less to do it on my 03. Worth every second though. The trick for me (didn't watch the video) was to disconnect the rack from the steering wheel shaft so, the whole rack drops down 1-2 inches. Was easy after that. I bent a couple of the hard lines slightly to make room.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:53 PM   #9
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The trick for me (didn't watch the video) was to disconnect the rack from the steering wheel shaft so, the whole rack drops down 1-2 inches.
You REALLY do not need to do this. It's extra work, extra time, and there is plenty of room (when done correctly) without disconnecting it.

Not to mention, you stand a really good chance of getting the thing re-connected a spline or two off which means your steering wheel will be really offcenter... creating yet more work.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:05 PM   #10
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Watched the video, Our techiques are essentially the same except I made myself alot more room by disconnecting the rack. Necessary? No. It was easier for me though.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:07 PM   #11
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You said it took you an hour. I filmed that in under 30 minutes.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:39 PM   #12
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True but, I include jacking up and down and all the other prep. It was an hour from start to test drive. You were faster, no doubt. How many had you done at that point. I'm doubtful it was your first.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:43 PM   #13
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It was my 4th I did it on ramps to save the time of jacking it up.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:48 PM   #14
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Once on jacks, I found it took me about 30 minutes. This really wasn't that bad for me. Spark plugs take me longer.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:48 PM   #15
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has anyone else found the the passenger side bushing(for an 02 WRX) appears to be too big? I noticed the stock one had a bulge in it, and the whiteline one bulged in the same place. upon further investigation, the stock one only shows wear on the top and bottom, unlike the driver side that has wear all the way around.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:47 PM   #16
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the install is pretty easy..driver side bushing is a pain but a lil strength and som evice grips to pull it through and its cake!@@@
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:41 PM   #17
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F*^#! That driver side is a PITA. Getting the clamp loose was bad enough, but trying to get the new bushing in is the real pain. (I am still not done). I read that jacking the car rather than putting it on ramps gives extra room to put the new bushing in. Anyone tell if that is correct?
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:04 PM   #18
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are people still doing bushings on the newer cars?
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:21 PM   #19
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Yeah, but for you it's probably not worth it yet. The rack was redesigned and that alone is a huge improvement. I did notice a difference though so it's not like a worthless mod or anything.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:34 PM   #20
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OK. Finally went back and got it done this AM. It was a PITA. Tips I could offer:

1. on the Driver side, I found that pulling the clamp out the left side was easier than the right, which looked like it was the better choice.

2. Grease those F'ers up. It will make a difference when you go to squeeze that new bushing up over the top on the driver side.


Impressions:

It was a short trip, but I could indeed notice a difference. Steering feels a bit more connected. I feel like my inputs now match what the car is doing. Before I always felt like I had to turn the wheel more to get the car pointed where I wanted it. Now, not so much. No noticeable increase in NVH either.


Overall: Worth it. Best Xmas gift I have gotten so far this year
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:16 PM   #21
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Bringing up a real old thread but...i kinda have the same impressions as above. Went on a short drive and it feels like it made a difference. I'm more interested in how the car is going to act on the freeway though(guess i'll find that out eventually).

The video isnt working though so thats a bummer.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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Bringing up a real old thread but...i kinda have the same impressions as above. Went on a short drive and it feels like it made a difference. I'm more interested in how the car is going to act on the freeway though(guess i'll find that out eventually).

The video isnt working though so thats a bummer.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #23
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Haha. Wasnt hoping for these peoples replys i just thought i would bump an old thread rather then start a new one thats basically saying the same thing.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:35 PM   #24
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had the whiteline bushings on my old 02 wrx.. i thought it was a noticeable improvement in steering feel immediately after the install.. but then later i added a smaller OMP steering wheel and that really made a difference..

in the end i think a smaller wheel alone will give you a stronger steering improvement..
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:01 PM   #25
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From what I hear, the better option is to get an sti steering column linkage. This eliminated the worst rubber part of them all
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