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Old 10-03-2020, 07:02 PM   #268
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Join Date: May 2005
Chapter/Region: VIC
Location: West Vancouver
2000 RS Coupe
2005 Forester X SE


Replace the front, lower-rear bushings with Whiteline as well.

These weren't fun to do under jackstands. I also didn't realize I didn't have big enough wrenches part way through :P Ran out and bought a 22mm and 24mm cause the Whitelines come with bigger nuts (haha... bigger nuts).

I had to contort myself into the weirdest positions to hold the socket onto the bolts while breaking them free using my legs and feet. I'm still sore.

The instructions also call for removing the transmission brace, but the 2 17mm bolts at the front just would not budge. So I ground 3-4mm notches in the lip of the brace, just enough for the corner of the bushing mount to clear. (I'll hit everything with black or undercoat another day).

I should've replaced these before I put the new sway bar in. It was harder prying the control arm down to get the bushings off and on.

This concludes my contribution to the front. All that's left are the front, lower-front bushings. I have Whiteline ones set aside that I'll get my shop to do with their press.

Looking forward to a test drive next week on a night where it'll be dry!
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