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This is a discussion on Front End Stuff... within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; So...my car feels and steers like it is 14 years old "because it is 14 years old". I want to ...

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    Front End Stuff...

    So...my car feels and steers like it is 14 years old "because it is 14 years old". I want to start ordering some parts to freshen up the front end...tighten up the steering and get rid of the little bit of play it currently has. Pretty sure it'll need some new bearings as well, tie rod ends have never been replaced "to my knowledge, etc...I know what I want it to feel like, but im not 100% sure what I need to order to do it. Just looking for the basic front end parts to get it back to how it would have felt from the factory.

    Any idears? Not looking for tubular stuff...just basics lol

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    Start with bushings, tie rod ends and bearings first. See if that get's you where you want. How old are the shocks as well?


    You know most of us here are going to say UMI Upper/lower arms and K member will help too

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Start with bushings, tie rod ends and bearings first. See if that get's you where you want. How old are the shocks as well?


    You know most of us here are going to say UMI Upper/lower arms and K member will help too
    i was wondering how long it would take for the UMI stuff to be mentioned...only took 1 post lol thanks for the info. I'll see if I can track the parts down.
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    Looks good.

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    I'll just mention that the old bushings in the rear suspension will also affect how the car feels -- if stuff is worn out back there it'll translate into a loose feeling up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I'll just mention that the old bushings in the rear suspension will also affect how the car feels -- if stuff is worn out back there it'll translate into a loose feeling up front.
    Its funny you mention that...I ordered a full kit for the car. Figured if I was replacing everything up front I might as well do the rear too...

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    Good idea.

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    I did swap from poly to a standard bushing set tho...I read some stories about guys who had stuff break from the poly kits. Based on what I read they say that you "should" do poly for the sway bars and OEM/Rubber for everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I'll just mention that the old bushings in the rear suspension will also affect how the car feels -- if stuff is worn out back there it'll translate into a loose feeling up front.
    Jeff where are all the bushings in the rear and also the front.

    as for the rears I know of the LCA, panhard bar, and sway bar.

    as for the front I only know off the sway bars.

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    There are also bushings in the control arms on the front of the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwik219d9 View Post
    Jeff where are all the bushings in the rear and also the front.

    as for the rears I know of the LCA, panhard bar, and sway bar.

    as for the front I only know off the sway bars.

    thanks
    FYI I went with a bushing kit from summit racing...found a rubber kit on there and bought it. I did not get polyurethane because I read quite a few posts about people having issues with binding...

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    Our entire suspension is polyurethane, as our the motor mounts, and I have had no issues, noise or binding. Only rubber part left is the trans mount as I did experience an increase in vibration when I installed the poly piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Our entire suspension is polyurethane, as our the motor mounts, and I have had no issues, noise or binding. Only rubber part left is the trans mount as I did experience an increase in vibration when I installed the poly piece.
    damnit...wish I would have not done that now lol I kept reading everywhere that people had binding issues...oh well. Maybe i'll swap to Poly bushings @ 200,000 miles haha

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    New bushings, whether rubber or poly, will still be an improvement over the 14 year old ones you currently have.

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