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Took off the wheels and went to town on my FFR LCA bushings - they were making A LOT of noise and wished that I had discovered the mod before I installed them.

First side took me about 2 1/2 hours - about half of that time was spent figuring out how to remove the bushings while the LCA was still attatched to the spindle. A few sockets and a bench vice later I was in business. Second side only took about 45 minutes (I guess I am a quick learner).

NO MORE NOISE and front end isn't as stiff - well worth it!!!

Kenny
 

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I did the same thing as you and did not realize this was a must do mod until after i had installed my LCAs. However, i never got my spindles to release from my lower control arms no matter how much i beat them or tried to force the seperator in. So, i just left it attached for both sides, removed the bushings, cut them, reinstalled them with the spindles still attached.
 

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Man, you guys are tough! I had a hard enough time last week with the LCA's on my bench! I got them off the spindle thanks to Trent lending me his forks. I can't imagine pressing the bushings out while still on the car. They were dry as the sahara and I destroyed one threaded rod in the process.

I couldnt move the arms by hand before I took them off....with lower ball joint off, just the arm, couldn't budge em with my arms reaching into the wheel well. Brutal.
 

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Since this is my 1st post. What is the LCA mod? And what's it for? I'm gathering all the information I can now before I even order my kit. Im getting ready to leave this Saturday to go on a six month deployment. Thinking about my next car helps with the family seperation.
 

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Originally posted by 03SC:
Since this is my 1st post. What is the LCA mod? And what's it for? I'm gathering all the information I can now before I even order my kit. Im getting ready to leave this Saturday to go on a six month deployment. Thinking about my next car helps with the family seperation.
Do a search for "lower control arm bushing modification" There have been quite a few posts on the procedure. If you bushings are already grooved on the inside, you're good to go. If not, I used a jig saw to cut the grooves. Cut the grooves before you assemble the bushings, it only took me about 15 min to cut the grooves, and about 2 hours to disassemble and then re assemble.

John
 

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If anyone still has the old style bushings in their car I would call FFR and tell them you need the correct bushing and spacers. Thats what I did and the new ones came with grooves and the correct length sleeves which is also needed.

Mike O.
 

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When did FFR start shipping the kits with the LCA mod already in place? My kit was ordered in June and delivered the first week of Aug. I had the front suspension installed shortly after doing the inventory of my parts.
 

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I wish I had done that Mike. I am ending up in the same place but cursing that they ever shipped something the way they were. On principle I would have liked the parts sent to me rather than doing it myself.

I would add....if you jack the car, disconnect the shocks, and can't move the suspension by hand through full travel, you should be pulling it apart and finding out why.
 
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