- 2008-2014 WRX
- 2008-2014 STi
- Front or Rear: Rear
- Brand: Turn In Concepts
- Manufacturer's Part Number: 1001-02-0017
- Benefits: Good quality suspension bushings are an important part of any performance suspension. The OEM manufacturers design vehicles trying to balance many compromises such as cost and comfort. Stock rubber bushings are inexpensive and help to absorb much of the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) that can be transmitted from the tires into the cockpit of the vehicle. Unfortunately the soft rubber will also allow for a lot of deflection in the suspension components and result in a large deviation from the "Static" alignment settings (the geometry of the suspension at rest) and the "Dynamic" aligment settings (the geometry of the suspension under load while driving). The greater the change between static and dynamic alignment geometry, the more difficult suspension setup will be while trying to find the ideal alignment settings. Increased suspension response, more predictable behavior and ultimately more grip are the benefits of having bushings that are less squishy.
- Condition: New Product
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. After all, 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.
So, here's what we have so far:
Nice and stiff to cut down on wiggle
Most would call it quits at that, but since we were on a roll we decided to push it just a little bit more.
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 outer 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:
Nice and stiff to cut down on wiggle
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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