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I got some urathane bushings from Motorsport. I got what they recomended some of the parts they recomended I was told not to use. The urathane steering coupler for one I was told not to use because I would feel every bump in the road thru the steering wheel. Also the control arm bushings. I called a mechanic who works on nothing but Zs and he said they rarely go bad and are difficult to replace. I got the sway bar and end link, steering rack and tension rod bushings. First, whose advice was correct, what other parts on the front end, excluding balljoints and tie rods, would you replace? Any advice is appreciated.

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> I got some urathane bushings from
> Motorsport. I got what they recomended some
> of the parts they recomended I was told not
> to use. The urathane steering coupler for
> one I was told not to use because I would
> feel every bump in the road thru the
> steering wheel. Also the control arm
> bushings. I called a mechanic who works on
> nothing but Zs and he said they rarely go
> bad and are difficult to replace. I got the
> sway bar and end link, steering rack and
> tension rod bushings. First, whose advice
> was correct, what other parts on the front
> end, excluding balljoints and tie rods,
> would you replace? Any advice is
> appreciated.

> Craig76Z

I have the urethane control arm bushings in my 72 and can't complain, yes the ride is harsher, but the handling is better. I'd say put em all in including the coupler unless you want vague handling/control etc. But again if you're only looking to replace worn stuff and are otherwise happy with your current ride quality and handling, I'd probably avoid both the T/C rods and the control arm bushings. Putting the sway bar and rack bushings in is a good move under all circumstances so you can't go wrong with them.
 

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> I got some urathane bushings from
> Motorsport. I got what they recomended some
> of the parts they recomended I was told not
> to use. The urathane steering coupler for
> one I was told not to use because I would
> feel every bump in the road thru the
> steering wheel. Also the control arm
> bushings. I called a mechanic who works on
> nothing but Zs and he said they rarely go
> bad and are difficult to replace. I got the
> sway bar and end link, steering rack and
> tension rod bushings. First, whose advice
> was correct, what other parts on the front
> end, excluding balljoints and tie rods,
> would you replace? Any advice is
> appreciated.

> Craig76Z
I did the bushing replacement thing soon after I got my 77Z. The steering felt loose and I had a little shimmy. It wasn't difficult to do, just took a little time. Glad I did the work. The steering coupler was the last thing I did and it did make the steering response feel better. Was not harsh at all. I'd say DO IT.
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> I got some urathane bushings from
> Motorsport. I got what they recomended some
> of the parts they recomended I was told not
> to use. The urathane steering coupler for
> one I was told not to use because I would
> feel every bump in the road thru the
> steering wheel. Also the control arm
> bushings. I called a mechanic who works on
> nothing but Zs and he said they rarely go
> bad and are difficult to replace. I got the
> sway bar and end link, steering rack and
> tension rod bushings. First, whose advice
> was correct, what other parts on the front
> end, excluding balljoints and tie rods,
> would you replace? Any advice is
> appreciated.

> Craig76Z

I just did a complete urethane upgrade in my 75 280z and love it. Aittle but harser but only on my dirt road don't notice much around town except when you turn the wheel the car turns too. Although I havn't done the sway bars and coupler yet. Real nice on my back country roads :).

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> I just did a complete urethane upgrade in my
> 75 280z and love it. Aittle but harser but
> only on my dirt road don't notice much
> around town except when you turn the wheel
> the car turns too. Although I havn't done
> the sway bars and coupler yet. Real nice on
> my back country roads :).

> Sam 75 280z

I have the urethane sway bar bushings in my 82 ZX and love it. $25 upgrade, can't beat it. I plan to go all the way with urethane bushings.

Ken
 
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