Originally posted by Dr. FrankenCougie
The strut rod in this pic has the big 30mm nut with the blue Moog problem solver bushing installed. I like to use a wrench on that sucker, be careful not use a wrench on the curved part of the arm when wrenching it off/on or there will be...trouble.
Damb if that "K" doesn't look vaguely familiar, but it's slightly different color than when it left Florida..
This may sound really dumb and obvious, but be sure to put the large washer on the OUTSIDE of the bushing. I've seen up-close-and-personal what happens when someone (hamfist) put the washer on the wrong side... When I tested my new 13" brakes the first time, there was a loud thud, and a continuing loud thud every time I hit the brakes as the front wheel suspension went forward. The bushing blew through the nut, so the strut rods were worthless at keeping the suspension where it belonged... From then on, when someone else (other than Scott) works on my car, I try to get there just BEFORE it comes off the lift so I can look it over.
On a sad note:
A major fire broke out at one of Moogs main warehouses and they lost 90% of their product line. This means MN12 controls arms and stuff are going to be hard to find when the retail chains sellout so buyer beware.
On a happy note:
Cougie and GB are "linked" up as of yesterday thanks to Rockauto.com, and we were well "armed" a few months ago... thanks to Scott's foresight.
I talked to Rockauto to check on an order and the girl I spoke to said that their warehouses are "holding." They had lots of front end links on hand in several of their warehouses as of the day before yesterday. I daresay they probably have a lot of the other MOOG parts and LCA's stashed in their several warehouses, so we may be ok for a little while.
Alternatively, in S. Florida (and maybe elsewhere) we have CarQuest parts distributors. They package MOOG suspension and chassis parts in their own boxes with MOOG PN's and sell them out of their own wherehouses. So in a pinch if Rockauto runs dry, someone can PM me or one of the other S. Florida boys and we can try to get what you need locally and ship it out to you. It'll be a bit more expensive, but available.. at least for now..
But ultimately I am sure we will feel the crunch...