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Old 06-07-2005, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default If you have an '04 STi and a camera...

You can take a picture of your car infront of some beautiful scenery if you want, that's your deal. But I need a favor when you get a chance...

I dont have a camera with me right now -- and being a photographer on vacation, I hope you can understand why -- but I've noticed something very strange on my STi...

About the front support member for the rear differential -- the support is in a T shape with the wings being towards the front of the car and spreading out to just infront of each rear wheel. I've noticed that the driver's side bushing looks Normal, like in the photographs I see in all the Rear Differential Bushing Kit install docs. But the bushing on the passenger side is Not normal. There seems to be a metal sheath around the bushing that is poking out -- the sheath is there on the driver's side, but it is flush with the support member.

Normally I would assume that I've done something to cause this problem. BUT it gets better... the bracket that connects this assembly to the body -- three bolts, one 17mm two 12mm, can't miss -- on the driver's side is flat and as per aforementioned pictures, "normal looking"... however the bracket on the passenger side (remember this is the bushing that is messed up) is stepped down for the bushing bolt... so it seems that the sheath was poking out from the factory... and that the factory was able to make this bracket this way -- they're hard as **** to bend (the way you want them to anyway).

So... armed with this story... get out there and take pictures of your passenger-side Rear Diff Front Support bracket and bushing and let me know what you find -- if you're really ambitious you could take a picture of your driver's side one too.

The reason I bring all this up is that I just got back from the dealership. The mechanic put the STi on the lift and brought me back there to show me what was causing the "thunking" sound I was hearing from the rear-passenger side (I had assumed it was the rear strut)... turns out that -- being the idiot I am -- I jacked up the car incorrectly on that bracket, causing a puncture to be made and a little nubbin in the metal was poking up on the bracket and this mysterious metal sheeth (that he hadn't noticed before) was hitting the nubbin every now and then and causing the thunk....

It's fixed... I'm just curious if my car is unique with this metal sheeth or if many (if not all) STi's were purposefully released with this seemingly pointless difference between the two sides.

Thank's and happy shooting.

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