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Old 04-22-2003, 01:40 AM   #1
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Angry Whiteline Steering Rack Busings

Installation =

Results of a great product =

Armed with instructions from www.scoobymods.com, I went into the garge thinking I'll only be there for a maximum of an hour. The passenger side was uneventful as stated in the instructions I had, and started on the driverside.

3 hours later, I've gone from raging piss mad, to wanting to hide in the corner and cry. I'm suprised that I still have hair in my head and no cops showed up at my house from all the yelling and swearing. Anyhow, enough ranting about that.

Before the installation, I did some swerving back and forth runs in the big empty parking lot across the street from my house to see how it felt with the stock bushings. After getting the bushings in place, I went and did the same thing. Wow. What response! Before, when I'm driving at the limit, I'd have to compensate for that 'lad' time from when you turn the wheel to when the car actually starts to turn. Not anymore! When you turn, you turn!

All in all, I'm happy with the bushings, but in retrospect, I would have probably stuck with the oem bushing had I known what kind of PITA installation I was looking at. Not to say that its not a good product, but I wouldn't do this again unless I had the car apart, doing an engine swap or something.
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Old 04-22-2003, 08:35 AM   #2
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Congratulations to you. I TRIED to install the drivers side bushing. How the heck did you ever get it installed? Gesh, it is sooo frustrating.
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Old 04-22-2003, 12:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, it came down to loosening the whole rack and awhole lot of shoving and wiggling the rack while shoving that stupid square bushing into place, I didn't put it on exactly like the oem bushing but I got it on there, by not like the oem bushing, i mean that the cut on the bushing isn't facing the front of the car, but facing up towards the roof of the car.
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Old 04-22-2003, 01:39 PM   #4
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I updated both my website and the page I did on Scoobymods with added instructions on this mod a week or so ago... should be easier to pull off now .


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Old 04-22-2003, 02:45 PM   #5
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haha.. North Ursalia, I wish i had visted your site last night, woulda saved me a while lotta work. Thanks for the update tho!
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:05 PM   #6
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Jooo betcha . Next time you have to do it (hopefully never ) they'll still be there .


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Old 04-22-2003, 05:41 PM   #7
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yah, i noticed that you said you've done this more then once! Man! You're brave! Or just better at anger management then i am.
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3 hours later, I've gone from raging piss mad, to wanting to hide in the corner and cry.
Hehe.. sorry, I just had to see the humor in that one. Reminds me of the first time I slid under my car and couldn't undo the bolts to replace my rear sway bar! I know the feeling, pal!
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Installation is a bit of a chore on the driver's side, but a little pushing with a pair of small vice grips really helps (I can't remember who suggested this, but it was a good idea).

The "memory steer" really became obvious after I installed the ALK. The increase in steering effort must have caused the rack to move around in the stock bushings quite a bit more. The problem seems resolved now and steering is more precise. This is definitely a must-do mod.

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Well, I did this on mine first. Took me about 40 minutes total. Then I did it on my friends and it took about 25 minutes. So if anyone here in the Sac area wants help with it, let me know. I think I got it down now.

The drivers side is a fight, but if you loosen the whole rack and pull the lines down out of the way, it's not too bad.
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Old 05-20-2003, 03:39 PM   #11
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the absolute BEST way to install this...disconnect the steering linkage. There is a brass-looking bolt ... undo that and pull the arm down. this completely disconnects the steering wheel from the rack. Now you can drop it down enough to get that driver side out and the new one in easily.

takes about an hour total. Make sure you coat those babies in grease
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This is the first mention I've seen about needing grease for this install. (I've never done a bushing before) What type of grease?
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This is the first mention I've seen about needing grease for this install. (I've never done a bushing before) What type of grease?
the kit should come with a small package of grease.

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Where did everyone get theirs? & how much?
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Nope, no grease came with mine. The instructions are a little ambiguous: "Where applicable, special grease supplied must be used ..." So is it applicable or not?

Note that the photo on the PDM site (http://www.pdm-racing.com/products/subaru_corner.html) shows what appears to be a packet of grease in the kit for the 2.5RS but not the kit for the WRX.

I got mine from PDM Racing (http://www.pdm-racing.com/) for about $30 shipped.

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I e-mailed PDM Racing about the grease and they said:

"None required Mike, as the rack is not supposed to move back and forth "

That makes sense to me. Comments ... ?
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It does not come with grease, and they do not need grease. It might make the install a bit easier, but it kinda ruins the effect of clamping the rack in place more firmly .


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Anyone know if a Spec-C has stiffer steering bushings than a regular WRX or RS?
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About the grease. I am not sure if it needs it or not, but I emailed whiteline when I saw that the one for the 2.5 came with grease and the WRX didn't, and they told me it should and had the grease out to me in about 3 days.
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I just e-mailed Whiteline and got the same response:



Hi Mike,

Thanks for e-mail. There should have been grease in this kit and we apologise for the inconvenience.
We will send you some grease today.

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Old 06-16-2003, 10:02 AM   #21
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Thumbs up Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings review

My husband installed the steering rack bushings yesterday and here's how he did it:
First you undo the 4 bolts holding the U-brackets, and remove the U-brackets.
The passanger's side was easy, the driver's side is not. You have to move the power steering lines a little bit to work the drivers side U-bracket out. On the passsangers side, the rubber bushing stuck to the aluminum steering rack so you have to peel the rubber off the rack before you can remove it. Then you grease up the Whiteline "d" bushing on the passangers side and feed it through the track, orientating it just like the factory bushing. At this point do not install the U-bracket yet on the passangers side.
Drivers side:
Peel as much of the existing rubber bushing off the aluminum as you can, this is tricky since you can't get your fingers in there well because of the power steering line. Then pull the whole bushing out of the track and grease one leg of the Whiteline square bushing that you are going to feed into the track, and start pushing the bushing into the track between the body and the steering rack while wiggling the passangers side. This takes at least 1/2 an hour. Do not use any metal objects such as screw drivers or pliers (as decribed on Scoobymods.com) as this will nick the aluminum steering rack housing and the poly bushes. Once both bushings are in the correct postions, then grease any remaining bushing to metal contact points, then put the U brackets back on both sides torqued to 50 pounds. Our manual says 35 - 53 pounds. He came in from the garage singing so it could not have been that bad like everyone says.

Here's my impressions:
Just normal driving you can't tell the difference, but as soon as you snap the wheel back and fourth you know something has changed. The steering wheel is much more responsive and will move side to side with quick snaps, whereas before it felt slow, unresponsive and mushy. I do not yet know if you will feel the difference in steering around sharp corners and turns, but I suspect you will. And there is no increase on NVH at all. I like it Well worth the $22.00 and an easy install (well at least for me )

We are waiting to do the ALK install due to Whiteline saying their torque specs are wrong on their document. We are waiting for the correct torque specs. If they are way too low, as Bob Tait suggests, then it could be fatal. You do not want the ALK bolts coming loose! I will post that install as soon as it is done, most likely next weekend.
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Thanks for the review. I just got some Noltec steering rack bushings from Oakos, should be pretty much the same as the Whiteline.
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Old 06-16-2003, 07:37 PM   #24
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Anti Lift Kit from Whiteline.

Why was my thread moved? Steering rack bushings are a suspension part and all other steering rack bushing installs and reviews are here in the suspension forum. I only look in the suspension and tires and wheels forums, as I am sure most of us do. Who moved it and why?
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Old 06-16-2003, 09:23 PM   #25
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Agreed. Anyone who actually read Heather's post would have realized that, similar to Brian's (North Ursalia) excellent post on the same topic, this was both a review and an installation guide.

And of course, steering rack bushings are most definitely a suspension issue.

Are there new guildelines in place now so if someone uses the word "Review" in their subject heading it will automatically be moved into the Review forum?

That would be, quite literally, a "dumb" move.

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