So a while ago we started developing lateral link bushings for the older Impreza. One day we got to thinking about how Subarus are like Legos, and we had the thought that perhaps the rear suspension on the new cars reuse some of the old bushings.
So, we put our 08 up in the air, and we started poking around. Guess what we found!! We found that our lateral link bushings fit perfectly in the rear inner control arm.
You gotta love Legos!!!
So, with the release of our latera link bushings we also have the release of the inner control arm bushings for the 08+ Impreza chassis.
Since you don't need as many bushings the cost is less (Lucky new chassis owners).
Here's what you get:
- 4 bushing halves (they are a split bushing so two pieces press into each end to make 2 complete bushings)
- 2 crush tubes with a bore for the stock 12mm bolt
- Oh, and here's a nice thing - it won't affect your alignment settings when you install them!
Here's a few details on the bushings: Bushing! The bushings themselves are made from medical grade urethane and are Shore 95A hardness (that's pretty stiff). On top of that we had them impregnated with graphite so they are self lubricating. Now I wouldn't go so far as to call them maintenance free, but I can say they are maintenance reduced. Afterall, how many of us actually take apart our cars to regrease the bushings once a year. I'll bet you don't, and this way you won't have to feel so guilty.
The crush tubes! There's really not much glamorous when it comes to crush tubes, but we're out to set a new standard on these. Instead of just some metal tube that's cut to length and then (sometimes) zinc plated we stepped up and made them even better. Machined from solid stock these STAINLESS STEEL crush tubes feature chamfered outter edges to help with the install, we broke the hard inside edge to keep things from rubbing or cutting or wearing funny, and we had the inside reamed smooth for ease of motion while in operation.
So now our list grows to this:
- Easy install
- Great material
- Nice and stiff to cut down on wiggle
- Self lubricating
- Stainless crush tube
- Machined for easy install and longevity
- Smooth for best operation
A pretty sweet deal when you think about how soft they made the bushings in the new chassis. Not really much to complain about really. Unless you run out of sandwich and coffee during the install. If you do then that really sucks, and you can complain, but at least it won't be about the bushings.
Fitment: 2008 and up Impreza. That's STi, WRX (sedan and wagon), 2.5i (sedan and wagon). Oh, I guess they're coming out with an STi sedan for 2011 as well. It should fit those too.
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