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This thread concerns strut rod bushings. Search really didn't come up with the information that I was looking for.

My strut bushings (ones on the arm and ones to the frame) are SHOT. I mean absolutely gone. Search helped lead me to the diagnosis . . . Clunking over bumps, in the turns, and when on the brakes.

SO, here are the questions. What would you recomend as replacement bushings? I'm not needing anything crazy, just a nice bushing that is going to hold up. Keep in mind that I need both bushing. Also, being that I want to do this myself (I hate people I don't know working on my car) am I going to need a press to get these in? We'll be putting it on the lift at home, but how big of a biatch are these gonna be? Any tips, pointers, or know how is GREATLY appreciated. I'm doing this soon so I can make the cruise in April, so any info would help me out considerably. Thanks y'all.
 

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Never had to replace mine before, but from the passive reading I've done here in the past I've been under the impression that the OE rubber bushings are best.

Again, speaking from what I've read, not from experience. I may be corrected.
 

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OEM bushings are fine. Usually hold up 100,000 miles plus. Replace all 4. Also, it would be easier to replace the UCA's and LCA's at this time, also.. because you are going to need to get the car aligned after you do this!
 

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Most control arms come with bushings and balljoints installed. Moog,TRW and others can be had for a good price at rockauto.com, there a discount code thread on this site.
 

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Family vacation headed the other way. LOL
 

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The strut rod bushings do not come installed on the lower control arms from any supplier. Only use the Ford Bushings. There are a few other threads on this on the site here about this. Aftermarket bushings don't stand up.

The part number is E9SZ-3A140-A and E9SZ-3A140-B if you want to do both sides you need to order both part numbers. One is a front the other the back.

Its not that hard of a job. You'll be fine doing it on your own.
 

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I just installed new Ford Bushings at the frame and control arm, as well as everything else besides upper control arms (2 yrs old) oh wow does my car drive like brand new ;)

Don't cheap out on the strut rod bushings.
 

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Yeah there have been a few aftermarket bushings that have failed around the boards. MOOG is fine for Control arms and such, they are EXCELLENT. Correct me if im wrong, but aren't MOOG and Motorcraft control arms made by the same supplier?
 

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I was under the impression that Motorcraft and TRW suspension parts are identical, but Moog is its own.
 

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Called up the local Ford Dealer. I have (2) E9SZ-3A140-A heading my way. Thanks to supergordo for the heads up. I'll get it on the left this weekend and tackle it, then head over to the shop for an alignment. I'm intrigued to see just how different it is going to drive :D
 

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Called up the local Ford Dealer. I have (2) E9SZ-3A140-A heading my way. Thanks to supergordo for the heads up. I'll get it on the left this weekend and tackle it, then head over to the shop for an alignment. I'm intrigued to see just how different it is going to drive :D
Don't forget the E9SZ-3A140-B part, one goes in the front and one in the back!
 

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Whoa, alomost missed that one :facepalm: I'm in such a rush to get this done I totally forgot about that. Thanks tbirdguy :thumbsup: I appreciate that very much!
No problem sir! pay attention to the markings on the bushings too, one is marked "rear" on the rubber to face the rear of the car. They are not interchangeable.
 

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They're not on your lower control arms, the strut rod bushings go in the huge hole near your LCA ball joint.

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I thought that was for the sway bar not the strut?
 

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I thought that was for the sway bar not the strut?
There were special SC specific TRW control arms that came with strut rod bushings, available from Advance. The arms and bushings were under $60 IIRC. I believe those are gone for good now, and no control arm comes with strut rod bushings. The only real choice is spending $50 for a set of OEM ford rubber, they will last you another decade. Anything else is like putting small chocolate doughnuts there, they will barely last a year.
 
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