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Old 10-23-2002, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Group N bushings - a review

Well, somebody wanted one (tb999), so you're all getting it.

First, I drive a sedan with 18" wheels and road valved DMS 50s. Add to that the bushing kit, and I feel every minor imperfection on the road. At low speed <35, the ride is jarring, >35 its less jarring! I also now hear every creak, groan and rumble from the rear suspension and diff. The car now crashes from ripple to ripple. If you like a smooth, comfortable ride, this is NOT the way to go. I've taken a comfortable, relatively quiet, fastish car and turned it into a creaking, grumbling beast that barks and yelps as it shudders down the road.

At speed...the car is sensational. I honestly think that there is not a better handling, faster cornering car available AT ANY PRICE. Turn-in, already amazing with the new suspension and the right camber and tire pressures, is super sharp. The connection between driver and car is greatly improved - if I was more competent, I would honestly say that with practice I could truly become one with my car.

I did not install the bushing kit myself. The total cost of kit and installation was approximately $1100 (I don't have the invoice to hand).
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Old 10-23-2002, 09:45 PM   #2
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Thanks for the review...I'll surely bug you about it a little more next time we're at Starbucks.

$1100?!?! way more than I thought it would be. Would you happen to know how much the bushing kit itself was?
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Old 10-24-2002, 11:31 AM   #3
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Actually, I think I was wrong on the price. Installation was 8 hours at $60/hour and the kit was about $500. So the price was $900 ish. There are about 25 bushings to be replaced and the rear end has to be dropped - a lot of work.

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Old 10-24-2002, 12:55 PM   #4
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hehe, yes, the group N's are not for the faint of heart.

i wanted to install them on my car, but unfortunately the dealer a friend of mine works at didn't have the tools to press the old bushings out. so i sold them, rather than pay for labor in limbs. check with your local dealer, apparently this is kind of common...it's quicker and more profitable to just replace an entire control arm than the bushings within.
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