Ok so here’s the deal. You got the engine purring, the stance looks amazing, but once you put it in gear your all over the road. Factory bushings are rubber molded into suspension components to cut costs at the factory. The downside to this is the bushings cannot flex, and wear out extremely quickly with bumps or oil. The guys over at Energy Suspension have created a polyurethane that not only gives you a better then factory ride by not compressing like rubber, but will last for a long time to come.
What you’ll need to replace the rear 240’s bushings.
19mm wrench and socket
17mm wrench and socket
Torch(you can get the cheapest one at the hardware store for under $15)
Small hack saw
If you do not have air tools remove the wheel center cap, and break loose the axle nut with the 36mm socket and a breaker bar. Jack up the car, place jack-stands underneath, and remove both wheels.
Loosen and remove all suspension components. It doesn’t matter what order, but save the shock for last as it and the axle will keep the knuckle in place.
It’s a good idea to spray a little lube on the in and outside of the bolts to make them come out easier.
Now remove the axle nut and the lower shock bolt. The knuckle will slide right out. Next grab any suspension piece and place it in the vice. Make sure to get it tight.
WEAR GLOVES! You do not want to find how much burning rubber hurts on the skin. Use the torch and hit the old rubber bushing in four different spots about two inches away on the bottom until the rubber starts to bubble.
Do the same up top until it catches fire. Once that happens count to ten and then use air or water to put the flame out.
There is a sleeve on the rear suspension pieces that needs to be removed or you will never get the bushings in. Cut this sleeve in two spots, but be mindful not to cut through the suspension piece.
Now with a flat head just tap the sleeve right out.
Now there are two options to inserting the Energy suspension bushings. You can press them in or cut them in half and slip them in. It does not matter which method you use as there has been no noticeable difference in performance either way. But the call is yours to make.
To press them in lube all surfaces first. Then simply place the bushing in-front of the control arm in the vise and turn. It will slide right in.
Then Place the metal sleeve in-front of the vice and slide it in as well.
That is the last step to get bushings onto your car. While the price is cheap you do have more labor than most parts but they are worth it. Odds are your drift car is well over 10 years old and if your not going over the top with your suspension setup or replacing everything than Energy Suspension bushings are a must.
Above you can see the new bushing in place and now it just takes some reassembly of your suspension and your good to be on the road. We recommend planning out your bushings and do as many as you can in one sitting or weekend.