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Old 01-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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hey everyone, im in the process of installing kartboy front and rear shifter bushings on my 2011 wrx but cant seem to get the stock front bushings off. i have searched and have not come across any tips on how to get this done. just wondering if anybody has any suggestions on how i can get the 2 circular rubber bushings out?
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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Grease, pliers and lots of pulling/twisting. Took me about 30 minutes to get mine free. Wedge a flathead screwdriver between them to create space too.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:48 AM   #3
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pull the large washer off. hand tighten the nut back on. then pull the shifter stay. the bushing should pull right out.

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:02 PM   #4
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pull the large washer off. hand tighten the nut back on. then pull the shifter stay. the bushing should pull right out.

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Doesn't seem to work
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:07 PM   #5
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eat your Wheaties beforehand.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:11 PM   #6
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It is not 2 seperate bushings, it's one big one. I found it easy to gab one side with wide grip pliers, an wedge a flathead in the other side to get the rubber flange bent and under the collar. Then pull and slides out.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:42 PM   #7
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got it off, thanks guys
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:30 AM   #8
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Now how about that rear bushing? I'm having a super hard time getting it on. I have the shifter out, downpipe off (was replacing it anyways), and I still can't get both screws in there. I started the passenger side screw but whatever I do, it just doesn't seem like the other one will start to thread.

Any tips?
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:27 PM   #9
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the screws are not parallel to the ground. rather to the mount itself. its at a slight angle. Rather perpendicular to the mounting surface.
It'll go in. just be patient.


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Old 02-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #10
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I had the same issue on my lgt. The bolts for the rear bushing just wouldn't start. One stripped the threads. Luckily I was able to fit my tap in there with a flexible extension and my drill. Like Tom said, be patient and it will eventually get started.
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:54 AM   #11
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you guys getting that ringing noise around 3000 rpm in 2nd too, right?

tried different tightening torques and it's all the same. outside of this, lovin' the bushings.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:01 AM   #12
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the screws are not parallel to the ground. rather to the mount itself. its at a slight angle. Rather perpendicular to the mounting surface.
It'll go in. just be patient.


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I messed with that rear bushing for a frustrating 2 hours, my friend comes over and gets it mounted in 20 mins It feels awesome and no noises!
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:35 AM   #13
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how have to take the DP off for the rear bushings?
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:13 PM   #14
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for the front i just pushed the bushing against the stud it mounts to. came off in about 15 seconds.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:45 PM   #15
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Was it really necessary to take off the DP for the rear?
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #16
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No you do not need to remove the DP. I've done front/rear bushings in a 11 and 12. The rear can be difficult to get started. Like Tom said you have to get the angle of the bolt correct. Having good lighting under the car is a must.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:13 PM   #17
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Broke a bolt trying to install the rear bushing...its gonna be a royal PITA getting it out. The problem was with the bolts angle. The left bolt seemed rather easy but the right was super difficult because of the other side semi bolted. I torqued a bit harder than I should and snap! The bolt head came right off.

The fronts were rather easy compared to the rear.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #18
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I want to get a set of Kartboy Front and Rear shifter bushing for my 2013 WRX but all this problem installing it kinda scares me off.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:36 PM   #19
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I want to get a set of Kartboy Front and Rear shifter bushing for my 2013 WRX but all this problem installing it kinda scares me off.
Don't be a such a little weenie. If you're scared, get a hold of some peeps in your local sub forum to help you out. Or, if you want to bee even more of a weenie, you can take it to a shop and pay to have them installed. Either way, don't weenie out and not buy them, they are a great upgrade and will really improve the feel of your shift lever.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:06 AM   #20
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Get the $18 STI rear bushing and you'll have absolutely no issues with threading the bolts. The STI bushing is light years stiffer than the stock one.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:20 AM   #21
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Here are some photos that show the "issue" with the Kartboy bushing. The mounting surface isn't flat like the bottom of the bushing. The bushing has to flex a little to get the bolts properly lined up. Make sure you start the bolts by hand and don't cross thread them! Once you get it started it's easy, but if you go in crooked and force it, then you'll damage the threads and be in trouble...

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Yes, the holes are basically in the right spots, they're just not quite the right angle. It's very close though. Once you get them in it's fine, it's just making sure you get them started properly. Here are some photos I took where you can see the very slight difference:





Overall the install for both the front and rear bushings is not hard. You don't have to remove the downpipe. For the front one you just have to use some muscle to get the soft OEM one out. If you know what you're doing you could probably install both the front and rear in 20 minutes.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:00 PM   #22
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I have a few questions on this install before I try it (parts are on the way).

1. Are you guys popping the shifter down and removing it from the car to replace the front bushings? Is that necessary? As seen in this video:

2. From the pics above it looks like angling the screws inward towards the center of the bushing lines them up correctly - is that something anyone noticed in doing theirs?

3. I see varying tools between installs, what tools were needed for your install?
I have handy: Ramps, torque wrench, ratchet with 6" extension, white lithium grease, screw drivers in various sizes, a set of regular wrenches (non ratcheting), pliers. And Ill go buy some loctite beforehand.
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I cannot get these bolts to thread for the life of me. This is as far as i got the other side in. It looks extremely off. Did not want to keep going? Anybody have some better tricks? Been at it for about 30 minutes and cannot figure this out.

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I cannot get these bolts to thread for the life of me. This is as far as i got the other side in. It looks extremely off. Did not want to keep going? Anybody have some better tricks? Been at it for about 30 minutes and cannot figure this out.
Start with the passenger side bolt first and thread a little bit of it in. Then put in the driver side bolt and thread a little of it in. Repeat. The key is to start with the passenger side bolt and make sure the bolts are perpendicular to the mounting surface. Do not use the bushing or the ground as a reference, because the mounting surface is not perpendicular to either.

It took me a good hour to do the bushings..just be patient and make sure you have a reversible ratcheting 12mm wrench and a stubby driver with 12mm socket handy. A regular 12mm wrench or ratchet with extension helps too.
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