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Hi there everyone. I am fixing up the girfriend's car and I encountered a rubber hockey puck like object on the driver's side rear suspension with an L tab, 2 bolts to frame and 1 to the middle of the puck.

Well, the tab has rotted out more or less and the center of the rubber isolator is moving freely on its own and serving no other purpose than serving as a makeshift e-brake cable bracket right now.

What is this effecting?

Should I be concerned?

Should I replace/remove?

Thanks!

Pete
 

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So if that completely fails then the rear subframe comes out? The subframe rests on that "ear" ? I would hope the rear subframe has more than a single attachment point.
 

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i just replaced one last weekend. 30 bux at the dealership. buy a new center bolt too. 8 bux for that
 

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crazypete said:
Is there any online store that has these onhand?
The stock bushings are still available through the dealer or through:

http://www.newfordparts.com/

But a little cheaper here:

http://www.parts.com/partlocator/index.cfm?siteid=213787

The Ford part numbers for the rear subframe bushings are:

* E9SZ-5D006-A (front-2 required)
* E9SZ-5D006-B (rear-2 required)
* E9SZ-5D001-A (retainer-4 required)

No P/N on the bolts - sorry.

There will probably be a day or two wait before they're shipped... these items are not normally stocked. Not exactly a hot selling item. :)

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what is the retainer?
 

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Casper said:
what is the retainer?
It's the large metal cupped "washer" that sits on top of the bushings. Technically speaking, it's the deelybob that mates to the thingamajigger. What kind of offspring they produce, I'm not quite sure.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

http://www.mn12performance.com/mn12how-to/irs/irs.html

You'll see them sitting on the bushings in the pix of the removed subframe about 1/2 way down the page. You may want to print this out for future reference... Rich Thomson's MN12 Performance site and store will be closing soon. Great guy to buy from, and his advice and recommendations have helped me alot over the years. Time for him to move on to different things, I guess.

The Raxles half-shafts shown further down the page are quite nice. Of course they're about 12 lbs. each heaver than the stockers. And a more expensive too. :)

Hey Casper,

You've almost rebuilt that entire T'Bird, added shock tower braces, etc., etc. and you haven't replaced those bushings yet??? :)

me neither! :D

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The stock bushings are still available through the dealer or through:

http://www.newfordparts.com/

But a little cheaper here:

http://www.parts.com/partlocator/index.cfm?siteid=213787

The Ford part numbers for the rear subframe bushings are:

* E9SZ-5D006-A (front-2 required)
* E9SZ-5D006-B (rear-2 required)
* E9SZ-5D001-A (retainer-4 required)

No P/N on the bolts - sorry.

There will probably be a day or two wait before they're shipped... these items are not normally stocked. Not exactly a hot selling item. :)

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Im looking for the above parts ,
My number 440 223 2772
Email [email protected]
My name is Ron
 

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Anyway, the best places to try these days for these parts are going to be from TBSC Shop, someone parting out their car either here or on the FB Marketplace group, or on eBay.
 

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Sorry 440 223 2772 its not 224
I'd imagine Rockauto might have them. I've even ordered some bushings off of Amazon. Have you tried looking at either of those sources?
 

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They 100% won’t have them, the retainers and bolts weren’t considered wear items, and wouldn’t be if not for the rust monster. The bushings themselves were available from Ford up to about 15 years ago, and might have existed in the aftermarket in the past but demand had to be so low that there wasn’t enough demand to keep them supplied. The Bushings themselves really don’t even go bad enough to warrant replacement, it’s all the hardware that encapsulates them that does IMO
 

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I think someone mentioned recently that the brace (?) is still available at the dealer. I can get rust free cups and bolts if necessary. They are getting fewer and fewer in the junkyards here so maybe I should grab a few sets to keep in the hoard.
 

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I think someone mentioned recently that the brace (?) is still available at the dealer. I can get rust free cups and bolts if necessary. They are getting fewer and fewer in the junkyards here so maybe I should grab a few sets to keep in the hoard.
Grab 'em!
 

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I think someone mentioned recently that the brace (?) is still available at the dealer. I can get rust free cups and bolts if necessary. They are getting fewer and fewer in the junkyards here so maybe I should grab a few sets to keep in the hoard.
The ones you sent me a few years ago saved my car as far as I’m concerned. The original rotten front right one collapsed and the bolt head snapped. If they weren’t all just as bad on every car at yards here I’d grab every one I came across, I’d stack them like plates lol

Rear toe adjuster bolts too, nobody reproduces those or is there an adequate substitution, and if you have a northern car where they haven’t been touched they’re probably not coming off without a grinder like mine had to
 
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