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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2009, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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which way do Ford's strut rod bushings go in?

I'm rebuilding the front suspension, and have removed the new strut rod bushings (from Ford) that I had installed a few months ago. At the time I questioned if they were put in right and the consensus was according to the 1st pic below, the bushing between the strut rod and LCA (top one in pic) was in backward.



Now that I have them out, and can test fit with the new LCA, it seems like that is how they really are supposed to fit in.

I've taken pics of the 2 possible configurations. Which one is correct? (The last 2 pics show passenger side LCA, so the strut rod comes in from the right).

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I believe that they are marked "inner" and "outer". At least the set I just got from Ford was.

Oops, I mis-understood the question.

Configuration #1 is the answer.

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Yes, I agree - Configuration #1!

You said those are Ford bushings, right? Did you get them seperately or did they come in a kit?

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Thanks for the info!
I kind of thought I was given the wrong info in this post back in May: http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=121771

I don't know if they came seperately or in a kit. In May I took the car to a shop to replace the steering rack, and they did the bushings at the same time. They got the parts from the dealership, but that's all I know.

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You do know that all 4 bushings aren't the same. right? There's a different part number for the inner and outer bushings. Make sure that you have them in the correct places.

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The following 2 diagrams should help clear up any confusion as to how the bushings/washers/nuts should be assembled on the front suspension tension struts (they are directly from the Ford factory service info):





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The OEM bushings are actually marked front and rear if memory serves.
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The OEM bushings are actually marked front and rear if memory serves.
I did mine last week and i dont think the rear ones said anything but 2 said front .

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I bought some masterpro strut rod bushings and they dont fit to well it seems, my old ones were literally falling off in several pieces so i cant use them as a guide... i was wondering how they went on... they look like this except for the color...
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So 4 strut bushings per side.
How much do they cost from the dealer?
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So 4 strut bushings per side.
How much do they cost from the dealer?
I paid $42.sumpin' for the full set of front bushings at my local Ford dealer.

The rears are about $50 for both sides.

HOWEVER - it seems the rear can be 3rd party as long as they're good ones. I've got Moog on mine, and that's not where my problem is.

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I wonder if they be changed without getting the alignment done afterwards? Try to keep the costs down.

Maybe paint the threads so I can adjust it to the same spot?
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I wonder if they be changed without getting the alignment done afterwards? Try to keep the costs down.

Maybe paint the threads so I can adjust it to the same spot?
I wouldn't trust that.

I understand the "Be Cheap" - but for that adjustment, you'll find that if it's off, the car may pull one way or another and be hard to steer / hard to return to straight ahead. Or any combination of the above.

HOWEVER - you may be able to talk them into a simple 2-wheel alignment (which is cheaper most places.)

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