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Old 06-17-2003, 04:01 AM   #1
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Location: San Diego, CA
2003 Silver Wagon
Tuned with Enginuity

Thumbs up Noltec Steering Rack Bushings

Man, what PITA to install! I drove my WRX onto some wood to raise the car enough for me to crawl underneath (don't have ramps, jack or stands). I don't think that having more room unless it was on a lift would have been much help.

Anyway, the passenger side went in without much of a problem once I got it unstuck from the rack, but there really isn't any room to get the bracket off on the driver's side. Only enough room to have it hang loose which makes getting the old bushing out and the new bushing in real difficult.

At first I tried to do it without disconnecting the steering column and the support under the rack, but I eventually caved so that I could get more room on the top since there was no way to get the braket out.

Finally, with a lot of wiggling, sore fingers and arms from pushing the rack around I got the drivers side in and everything bolted back up.

Immediately just driving down the street I noticed that the steering wheel feels a lot more connected than before, small adjustments result in a quick response from the car compared to before. I didn't get a chance to take any hard turns yet, but I'm hoping that the memory steering I had with the stock bushings will also be gone.

No noticable increase in noise or anything. Actually, before something was making whining noises when the car was warmed up and I turned the wheel quickly, and now that noise has gone away!

Definately take your time installing these and expect a tough time. Will make it more relaxing for you.

This mod gets one for the results and one for the install. I highly recommend this mod, no drawbacks and it's cheap!
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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'02 RevLab 11.5:1
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Default my Noltec review

I too had the Noltec rack bushings installed. I did so when I also installed my Quick Rack at approximately 10k miles. Now I don't put many miles on my car. It's just turned 54k. The Noltecs were shot.I suddenly had excessive play in the wheel, and had it checked out. There were only pieces of the bushings left. So 40k after buying the Noltecs I had Whiteline rack bushings installed. I hope they last longer. I'm back to smiling now.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:19 PM   #3
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ive had my noltecs in for a long time now. easiest install ive ever done. maybe 30 minutes tops. excellent improvement and would def buy/do again. i love em.
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