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Old 07-23-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Tomioka Racing - LCA Bushings

Took my car into the shop to have the downpipe replaced. While they had it up on the ramp they pointed out a few hairline cracks in my OEM STI front LCA bushings.

Having tried a number of bushing kits - energy suspension, whiteline.. I was not interested in the added NVH (harshness) of going polyurethane or upgrading to race bushings. I didn't want to go OEM, nor ALK. I shopped around for a while, decided I'd stick with hardened rubber. One of the few options out there was Tomioka Racing's TR-CS2000.


When I discovered the cracks the ride on them wasn't that bad. The car was at roughly 40-45K miles. I bought the replacement bushings from Oakos and lagged on install since it wasn't too bad and the install was fairly time consuming. After another 10K miles or so the car's harshness increased and I figured it was time for the stockers to go. I started noticing additional vibration on rough roads, the whole car seemed to rattle more. Braking from speeds of 50-60MPH had kind of an annoying wheel vibration. All of these symptoms felt like the stock struts were going out.

Well, I finally installed the Tomioka's and after a couple hundred miles feel like I can finally give a hearty thumbs up. The car's ride quality has increased tremendously. Wheel vibration on braking is gone. Harsh ride/rattles are now minimal and the ride quality seriously feels better than it did when I first bought the car. Still need to get an alignment since it's been a while, but I would not hesitate to buy these bushings again!

5/5 for Tomioka!
+1 vote for Oakos great customer service and quality products!
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:31 PM   #2
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I have 100k on my car and have the same braking vibration you describe. Along with struts going out (too bouncy to be good struts), I noticed the cracks in the bushings. I'm very interested in the Tomioka bushings. How was the install? Any special tools required?

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(yes I know this is an old post. I'm still hoping for a response)
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
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You'll need a special tool to press out the bushings. Did not want to deal with that so I took it in to get them replaced.
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That's what I was wondering. I think it's worth getting a spare set of arms for no downtime.
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:53 PM   #5
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I have ordered a set of these bushings along with a set of STi aluminum control arms. I spoke to a local dealer and they just use a press. Can you show me a link to the tool you used? I think I might use a combination of ball joint press set and shop press to swap bushings.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:41 AM   #6
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I don't know what tool the shop used. They did mention it needed a lot of pressure. Ball joint press should work. Don't forget to get an alignment after.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:25 PM   #7
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Got them done. Much more road noise, but tons better steering response. I agree, I'd recommend these bushings.
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