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I was lucky enough to get in on the special a while back and bought
the radius rod bushings. I thought I would post up pics of the install
so that others can see just how easy it is.

Jack up the car and support it with jack stands



The old bushing, the threads on the shaft need cleaning



I used a battery brush



Shot each nut with PB Blaster



Unscrew everything





Bushing slides right off with a little negotiation of the lines above



New bushing



Stack 5 small washers onto the shaft, with some axle grease. Then
install one of the large washers, with grease between the washer
and the new bushing.



Optional .. I used a flat file around the threads to clean up burrs

 

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Grease the inside of the bushing, and slide the bushing onto the
threaded rod end until it contacts the frame, and goes over the
4 mounting studs. Slide the tube onto the threads as far as you
can push it on. Find a socket that fits over the threads, and up
against the sleeve to tap the sleeve onto the threaded shaft far
enough to install the nut.



Add more grease to the bushing face, and install the large washer
and then the final small washer.



Then the nuts, all four small (23Nm or 17 lb ft), and the one large
nut (148Nm or 109 lb ft). Its recommended you tighten the large
nut with the weight of the car on the suspension, but then there
isnt too much room to move the torque wrench. I did mine off the
ground, so far no ill effects.



The drivers side is the same proceedure, except there is an extra
washer on the shaft behind the stock mount - leave that in place
and follow the same steps as the passenger side.







Hope this helps some decide to take the plunge.

Tom
 

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Nice!
 

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is there a performance/feel difference between these and the pedders RR bushings? i need to buy some soon and ive noticed these are alot cheaper than pedders. thats why i ask
 

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no...lovells are actually a little bit stiffer then the pedders and have the metallic support around the bushing itself....
 

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well in that case i will probably order them tomorrow, which sponsor can i order them from?
 

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RR bushings are a great bang for the buck as long as you know how to put the washers
 

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My front tires were wearing REALLY bad on the very inside 1 inch
of the tread, also there was a slight wander at freeway speeds, and
I had my wife watch the tire as I stopped next to her, she said the
tire stopped but the car kept moving. Inside the car I felt the car
shifting front to rear until it stopped moving. Weird feeling. From
the posts on the forum, all that seems to be the RR bushings.

So far, with the new bushings, an alignment and new tires, it feels
like a new car, at 72k. I still have the stock strut bushings/shocks
and struts.

Tom
 

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WOW! Lovells and Noltecs look the same.
Thats because they are the same ;). Noltec manufactured Lovell's bushings. I sell Noltec's for anyone looking. Good write up. To torque the large nuts I recommend lowering the car onto a set of ramps and bouncing the suspension a bit before tightening.

Also, you want to grease the internal bore of the bush, between the crush tube and bush, and the faces of the bush. Im not sure if you greased the tube.
 

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Also, you want to grease the internal bore of the bush, between the crush tube and bush, and the faces of the bush. Im not sure if you greased the tube.
Oh yes, I greased the tube.:idea:

The thing about that, the hole in the bushing seemed to be tapered
and so the grease kinda gets 'cleaned' right off as you push in the
tube. I am sure that some remains, but perhaps a groove around
the hole in the bushing (in the molding) or machined groved on the
outer diameter of the shaft might be worth while to hold grease. Or
even channels that run the length of the shaft but do not go all the
way to the outside edge.

Tom
 

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GREAT write up! I did this install already but your write up would have made it alot easier for me.

I never thought of using a battery brush to clean up threads - I will be picking one of those up this weekend to have in the toolbox.
 
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