My 96 LX needs a front end overhaul badly. Upon inspection the mechanic says the car is unsafe to drive, the lower ball joint is so bad on the passenger side. Bushings are bad on that arm too, I knew that. But the thing is I just replaced the control arms about 2 years ago, left, right, upper, and lower. Shortly after that I had a near collision incident where I panic swerved right and then slammed the brakes, barely avoided that one. But my front end has been all screwed up since that. I am guessing this is why the ball joint is bad so I am going to replace that arm again.
Anyone have experience with supercoupeperformance poly bushings? I installed poly bushings on my 300zx, and I absolutely love how that car rides. They are a little expensive, but If I am going to spend $1K plus on my suspension I want it to be DONE and able to hold up well to my hard cornering. I am, of course, going to use Ford Strut Rod Bushings, which are crazy expensive but I don't want more problems anytime soon.
Poly parts planning on ordering:
Inner tie rods x2
Outer tie rods x2
outer boots - poly
poly rack bushings
right lower control arm
poly front lower control arm bushings
poly front upper control arm bushings
front swaybar endlinks x2
poly front swaybar bushings
upper shock mounts x2
shock bump stops
poly rear shock bushings
Ford strut rod bushings left/right front/back
Rear shock x1 (left blown, should I do both anyways??)
I replaced my front shocks/struts about 3 yrs ago so I don't think I will replace them - they work fine and I don't want to lower this car.
All this, if the mechanics parts quote was straight up, comes to about $1000, pending price checks of all front end parts vs. Ford parts, like endlinks, tie rods, control arm, etc.. Could I go with cheaper parts from rockauto like the tie rods, control arm, etc, are those parts equivalent quality?
Any input, especially experiences with supercoupe performance poly parts, or parts I have omitted from the list, would be greatly appreciated. I got my work cut out for me, I think.
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96 LX PI/Jspec Pearl White. She enjoys eating ricers for breakfast
2002 PI 4.6L - Jspec Trans built by Darrin - 04 Marauder converter - Hayden 679 Trans cooler - Engine cooling modification - SCT Xcal2, tuned by Lonnie - 02 GT MAF and 99 GT Intake tube - removed silencer - 255 lph HP fuel pump - Aluminum Driveshaft - 3.73 TL - 245/60/15 BFGoodrich Radial T/A's - PBR front brakes - SCP Rear torsional load brace - SCP Solid rubber motor, transmission mounts - Rear Strut Tower brace and Diff cover brace by Rod