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Cliff
11-12-2004, 08:02 PM
I just bought these on Ebay and they seem kind of cheap. Should I be worried about quality? Also I noticed that are not split like pineapples. Is this going to be a ***** to install? Thanks in advance.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7933294384&ssPage Name=STRK:MEWN:IT

Cliff

96 S14 Zenki

gatecrasher
11-12-2004, 08:09 PM
its a chunk of fiberglass, held in place against a piece of rubber and a plate...........you'll have a hard time screwing them up.

id imagine you could fashion some out of plywood and they'd hold up for quite some time. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

You'll have to actually lower the subframe all the way to get them on though....not a big deal

Cliff
11-12-2004, 08:14 PM
When you say lower the subframe all the way down can I do that with the axels and drive shaft still attached?

Kim_Jong_Il
11-12-2004, 08:19 PM
Funny, beware of cheap aluminum bushings, they make noises. Buy our even cheaper nylon bushings. I'd much rather have aluminum down there, the noise doesn't bother me.

DeatschWerks_Dave
11-12-2004, 09:34 PM
I've got those same ones in my car. they work great and are plenty strong. I am only running the bottom ones right now.

asad
11-12-2004, 09:56 PM
When you say lower the subframe all the way down can I do that with the axels and drive shaft still attached?



I doubt it. It has to drop a good 6" or so, I don't think the halfshafts can do that.

Easier thing would be to cut slots in the upper inserts so they look like the C-shaped ones shown here:
http://www.splparts.com/Parts/NissanShared/Suspension/Multilink/SPLSubframeSpacers.jpg

That way you just have to lower the subframe slightly (the amount of droop you get from undoing the nuts on one side is enough) and slide the top ones on.

Asad

Cliff
11-12-2004, 10:05 PM
I thought about cutting them but they are that plastic urethane kind of material. I wonder if they will fall apart if I take a razor to them.

Thanks for all your input.

hssaini
11-12-2004, 10:18 PM
http://www.specialtyz.com/suspension.htm

http://www.specialtyz.com/images/subframesp.jpg

Few of us use these including myself and they couldn't be any better.......

Rinku

Hugh
11-12-2004, 10:18 PM
Funny, beware of cheap aluminum bushings, they make noises. Buy our even cheaper nylon bushings. I'd much rather have aluminum down there, the noise doesn't bother me.



Cheap aluminum bushings make noises? Funny... my expensive Aluminum bushings made noises. I could hear everything that the diff and rear suspension were doing at all times.

Aluminum is aluminum, bro.

Hugh
11-12-2004, 10:19 PM
http://www.specialtyz.com/suspension.htm

http://www.specialtyz.com/images/subframesp.jpg

Few of us use these including myself and they couldn't be any better.......

Rinku



Those are a set of four for $60? I'd rather buy the ones from http://www.splparts.com

BrianS
11-13-2004, 12:23 AM
cost of purchasing the bushings, will pale in comparison to the time and effor it takes to install them

MATT_BACK_VASS
11-13-2004, 12:35 AM
un hook brake lines

un hook e brake cables

drop exhaust

takes like 5 seconds

lower the entire subframe down driveshaft diff everything

install

jack junk back up


all done

cosmoworks
11-13-2004, 12:59 AM
I just bought these on Ebay and they seem kind of cheap. Should I be worried about quality? Also I noticed that are not split like pineapples. Is this going to be a ***** to install? Thanks in advance.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7933294384&ssPage Name=STRK:MEWN:IT

Cliff

96 S14 Zenki



Cheap? I doubt it if those are really the Tanabe's:
http://www.tanabe-usa.com/driftspec/crossmemberbushing.asp

Phase2 sells those for over $200. Unless they just jacked the tanabe image and "drift spec" catch phrase.

You should be safe cutting the slot in the upper bushing like the SPL ones. It's just going to get sandwiched between the bushing and the uni-body anyways.

-Cosmo

Kim_Jong_Il
11-13-2004, 01:48 AM
Funny, beware of cheap aluminum bushings, they make noises. Buy our even cheaper nylon bushings. I'd much rather have aluminum down there, the noise doesn't bother me.



Cheap aluminum bushings make noises? Funny... my expensive Aluminum bushings made noises. I could hear everything that the diff and rear suspension were doing at all times.

Aluminum is aluminum, bro.



What are you talking about? I was quoting their auction.

RDM_II
11-13-2004, 09:05 AM
cost of purchasing the bushings, will pale in comparison to the time and effor it takes to install them



I believe the thread should have read 'spacers', not bushings. No one else pointed that out, but I agree, bushings would take 20 times the amount of work.

Hugh
11-13-2004, 10:21 AM
Funny, beware of cheap aluminum bushings, they make noises. Buy our even cheaper nylon bushings. I'd much rather have aluminum down there, the noise doesn't bother me.



Cheap aluminum bushings make noises? Funny... my expensive Aluminum bushings made noises. I could hear everything that the diff and rear suspension were doing at all times.

Aluminum is aluminum, bro.



What are you talking about? I was quoting their auction.



D'oh! .... don't listen to me.

I only skimmed the auction because it was making me stupider. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Kim_Jong_Il
11-13-2004, 11:13 AM
haha, understandable.