Energy Suspension Bushing Installed? - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


General Miata Chat A place to talk about anything Miata

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-10-2008, 04:53 AM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 294
Total Cats: 0
Default Energy Suspension Bushing Installed?

Hey, any of you who participated in the energy suspension bushing group buy installed theirs yet?

Right now i'm in the process of installing them on the rear and its pretty simple with the right tools. I found that you don't need the press at all to remove the OEM bushings. Just used that harbor freight tool that FM recommended. Its def a lot easier to use that tool with two people though.
supersuk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 12:23 PM   #2
Elite Member
iTrader: (39)
 
Zabac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: High Point NC
Posts: 4,854
Total Cats: 8
Default

pics or links of said tool, don't feel like searching over at mnet
Zabac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
I'm Miserable!
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 589
Total Cats: 0
Default

MX5-4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
Junior Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 113
Total Cats: 0
Default

Definitely keep us updated. I'm curious how much the ride and handling changes.
sotaku is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 02:59 PM   #5
Junior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 294
Total Cats: 0
Default

Yup, thats the exact tool that I have. Its so easy even a caveman can do it.
supersuk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2008, 12:36 PM   #6
Elite Member
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Tigard, Oregon
Posts: 3,908
Total Cats: 0
Default

It's been a little over a month since the group buy time to bump this thread! Anyone else installed yet? If not the whole kit at least partial? What do you think? Driving difference? Installation difficulty? Did you retrofit grease zerks in yours? If so which bushings?

Still a good deal at $237 shipped. Want impressions of those that have done this. Need to see if I should get some coming. 94 car with 80K - those rubber bushings are bound to be tired. With the new turbo system and 8" 6uls w/ 225 rubber the suspension is going to see a whole lot more stress on the road and at the track.
cueball1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2008, 10:19 PM   #7
Junior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 294
Total Cats: 0
Default

You know, I was actually surprised to see that the condition of the rubber bushings that I took out seemed to be pretty good. Everything was still intact and nothing was torn even after 176k miles. I'm about ready to do the front bushings tonight if I'm able to take out the ball joints from the spindle. Got some new Tein flex coilovers i'm gonna install at the same time.

So far, i've noticed that the rear does ride a little more stiff than before. Nothing major. Although, it makes swapping suspensions so much easier cause the arms just drop once you loosen the sway bars.
supersuk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2008, 05:41 PM   #8
Newb
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 2
Total Cats: 0
Default

I installed my rears. Waiting on balljoints for the front. I ended up having to loosen the struts up in the rear because the ride because very stiff and was throwing me around causing a bit of oversteer. I am thoroughly impressed. Definitely can feel the suspension responding to adjustments now. It only makes sense that the suspension can only work as well as the platform its put upon.
miatadam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2008, 10:32 PM   #9
Junior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 294
Total Cats: 0
Default

Are you replacing the upper a-arm ball joints or the lowers?

I'm hoping to find a replacement ball joint for the upper a-arm if it exists, don't really feel like dishing out money for new uppers.
supersuk is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Project Gemini - Turbo Civic on the Cheap Full_Tilt_Boogie Build Threads 58 Yesterday 10:04 PM
OTS Bilstein to motorsports ASN conversion stoves Suspension, Brakes, Drivetrain 5 04-21-2016 04:00 PM
Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump $50 lsc224 Miata parts for sale/trade 2 10-01-2015 10:17 AM
Leaky Wilwoods mx592 Suspension, Brakes, Drivetrain 1 10-01-2015 01:45 AM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:36 AM.