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So general consensus around here seems to be only go with Ford for strut rod bushings. Well, going with the part numbers here, the Ford/Motorcraft parts website returns zero results.

Did they quit making them? If so, are there any aftermarket brands that hold up at all?
 

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I checked Tasca's site scrolling thru the menu, not the part numbers and they're showing them.

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Interestingly, however, RockAuto doesn't list them. All they have are Raybestos and Moog.
 

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If you are looking for the factory Ford Replacements bushings, then check out Green Sales Company. They have alot of hard to find or discontinued parts in stock and can send them to you. They have them for pretty cheap. You can also check out Silverstate Ford Parts too. Both usually have hard to find parts instock for pretty cheap prices.

Green Sales Company : http://www.greensalescompany.com/

Silverstate Ford Parts : http://www.directfordparts.com/
 

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The Ford tension strut rod bushings are indeed still available from Ford. The only problem is that the kit for the frame side of the tension strut retails for, like, $229.00 PER KIT!!!

However, my local Ford dealer is supposed to be getting me 2 of those kits from another dealer for only $45.00 each!!

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Green Sales had one kit for the frame side left marked down to $130 or so. Checked out Silverstate and was able to get just the bushings, along with the ones for the control arm side for $75 shipped. The bushings on mine aren't even that bad, so I'm hoping I can salvage the sleeves like this guy did. If not, I guess I'll make another order, haha.
 

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My problem is that I threw away all the original Ford parts when I changed my strut rod bushings last year, so I've had to buy ALL new Ford parts! I didn't realize that I was going to have SO much trouble with the NAPA parts I installed in place of the Ford parts. They are COMPLETE junk! The metal sleeve that installs on the strut rod where it passes through the frame (and which the rubber bushings go over) was mushroomed really bad because it is way too long (I had to cut some of it off, but that still didn't help) and I'm just having problems with my front-end and with the way the car drives that I don't feel I should be having after replacing my ENTIRE front suspension last year (UCA's, LCA's, shocks, springs, inner & outer tie-rods and I used ALL high-quality Moog, TRW and Vogtland parts)! My car feels like it's wandering a bit on the highway and some times I have a bad vibration and I feel like it's the fault of the ill-fitting NAPA parts. My tires were also brand-new at the same time and are high-quality Continentals and not some cheap, no-name brand - besides, I don't think it's a wheel balance problem due to the fact at times there's almost no vibration at all!

Anyway, I bought the individual bushings from Ford for the strut rod where it passes through the LCA, and I had to pay $30 (including shipping) for the four washers that go there too because they were obsolete from Ford and I had to find a dealer that had some in stock still. And, as soon as my Ford dealer calls and tells me he got the kits in for the frame side, I'll pick them up and then install all the new Ford parts. I'm hoping that helps with the problems I'm having (I've had the car aligned 2 times since I installed the front-end parts, so I know I put everything on right)!

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I recently rebuilt most all of the front end on my '96. I went with the $400+ ford bushings, and I do not regret it. I do, however, regret not cutting the ferrules a little bit, my steering feels a bit "notchy" like its "too tight" or binding and producing too much "feedback". I later read of someone who had similar results who then took it all back apart and cut the ferrules and it resulted in much smoother steering response.

EDIT: I didnt cut them originally because they were the same size as factory originals.
 

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I recently rebuilt most all of the front end on my '96. I went with the $400+ ford bushings, and I do not regret it. I do, however, regret not cutting the ferrules a little bit, my steering feels a bit "notchy" like its "too tight" or binding and producing too much "feedback". I later read of someone who had similar results who then took it all back apart and cut the ferrules and it resulted in much smoother steering response.

EDIT: I didnt cut them originally because they were the same size as factory originals.
I wonder if Ford is still producing those parts, or they are just selling out stock(likely). In a few years they will be all gone.

Maybe the poster DLF should fabricate a set.

I don't think it would cost more than $400.
 

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I hate to say it but I used Oreilly's house brand when doing my mark and they fit perfectly and seem to be of good quality. I haven't had any problems with them.
 

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I recently rebuilt most all of the front end on my '96. I went with the $400+ ford bushings, and I do not regret it. I do, however, regret not cutting the ferrules a little bit, my steering feels a bit "notchy" like its "too tight" or binding and producing too much "feedback". I later read of someone who had similar results who then took it all back apart and cut the ferrules and it resulted in much smoother steering response.

EDIT: I didnt cut them originally because they were the same size as factory originals.
It's interesting that you say that about your steering feel because I rebuilt my entire front-end last summer and, ever since that time, have had what I would describe as the exact same sensations from my steering! I have attributed it either to a bad steering rack (which I think is unlikely) or to the ill-fitting NAPA strut-rod bushings I used. I ended-up taking the strut-rods off because I had a washer on backwards on one side (yeah, I know that it probably didn't matter but it bothered me to know I put it back together like that - I'm kinda anal that way!) and I found the metal sleeve was all crushed on the end from tightening the nut against it (the sleeve was made too long). I took them apart, cut the crushed part off the sleeves and then re-assembled them, but it still just never felt right. I'm replacing them with all Ford parts but I'm starting to get a little aggravated with my local Ford dealer because he's supposed to be getting me (2) of the frame-side kits from another dealer (at much less than retail), but it's been almost a month now and he still doesn't have them (even though I gave him my credit card info so I could pre-pay for them)! I'm starting to think he's just jerking me around (the other dealer wouldn't sell them to me at the same discount he'd sell them to another dealer for, so that's why I asked my local dealer to obtain them - he said he'd be happy to)! I may have to just bite the bullet and order them myself.

I wonder if Ford is still producing those parts, or they are just selling out stock(likely). In a few years they will be all gone.

Maybe the poster DLF should fabricate a set.

I don't think it would cost more than $400.
As far as I know, Ford is still producing them. They are probably charging so much for them now because it costs a lot to have such a limited quantity produced. But, I could be wrong!

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I recently rebuilt most all of the front end on my '96. I went with the $400+ ford bushings, and I do not regret it. I do, however, regret not cutting the ferrules a little bit, my steering feels a bit "notchy" like its "too tight" or binding and producing too much "feedback". I later read of someone who had similar results who then took it all back apart and cut the ferrules and it resulted in much smoother steering response.

EDIT: I didnt cut them originally because they were the same size as factory originals.
I don't understand why Ford would make those ferrules so that one of them "may" need to be trimmed down in size, but even the factory replacement procedure states the one of them (I forget which one without reading it again) needs to be, I think, about 1/4" shorter than the other one! My original ones did not appear to be cut in any way when I removed them, so why aren't the replacements made exactly the same way?!!

Or, are they?

I'm going to be replacing mine with new Ford parts soon, and I need to know if I need to trim one of the ferrules?!!

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As far as I know, Ford is still producing them. They are probably charging so much for them now because it costs a lot to have such a limited quantity produced. But, I could be wrong!

Dennis
I know they list at $230 and tascafordparts.com lists it at $100:
E9SZ3A187A $229.05 $0.00 $100.78

BSHG & WSHR KIT

so there is a TON of dealer markup in the price. People even got them cheaper. Even if the dealer cost is $60-$70, I bet there is $40-$50 in it Ford. Good for them though. They probably know the story about the part and there is no suitable aftermarket for it. I'm surprised moog or one of the big guys can't copy it correctly though. Its not exactly complex!
 

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I don't understand why Ford would make those ferrules so that one of them "may" need to be trimmed down in size, but even the factory replacement procedure states the one of them (I forget which one without reading it again) needs to be, I think, about 1/4" shorter than the other one! My original ones did not appear to be cut in any way when I removed them, so why aren't the replacements made exactly the same way?!!

Or, are they?

I'm going to be replacing mine with new Ford parts soon, and I need to know if I need to trim one of the ferrules?!!

Dennis
Yes, that is very strange. Maybe the replacement parts were tooled a bit too long, and it wasn't worth to modify them. Who knows
 

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I know they list at $230 and tascafordparts.com lists it at $100:
E9SZ3A187A $229.05 $0.00 $100.78

BSHG & WSHR KIT

so there is a TON of dealer markup in the price. People even got them cheaper. Even if the dealer cost is $60-$70, I bet there is $40-$50 in it Ford. Good for them though. They probably know the story about the part and there is no suitable aftermarket for it. I'm surprised moog or one of the big guys can't copy it correctly though. Its not exactly complex!
Dealer COST on this item, part #E9SZ-3A187-A, is $91.62 (at least as of 2/27/2010 it was)!

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To the top!

Bumping this thread, easier than starting a new one! :tongue:

I'm in the middle of tearing my front suspension down and will be replacing the strut rod bushings. I bought the Ford kits from Jon and want to know about the ferrules.

dmw_4814 and 96_LX, did you guys have to cut them down and which one, or both?

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Hey Joe,

I just asked the hubby - he says it's a two-piece ferrule and you don't need to cut them down. After multiple installations of non-ford parts, all of those cars he worked on were changed back to ford parts without any part modification and with no issues :)
 
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