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Going to be replacing all the bushings with the TRD bushing set,
while I have my suspension apart. I'll try to show the removal of the various
suspension pieces. Things may be a little different if you are not replacing
everything like I am though.
*Procedure of pressing the bushings out with just 2/3 jaw pullers
courtesy of Dale Conner & Bill Merton from MR2 forum
1) Here's a picture of what all is replaced in the TRD bushing
set: strut top (green), control arm (purple), & strut arm (red). So, you
need to remove the strut assembly & the two arms. The steering knuckle will
be close to being removed, as it will still be attached to the tie rod end.
If you don't believe you need to replace the tie rod end bushing (which you
need to purchase the entire end, not just bushing if you do), you can skip that
2) I would suggest loosening the strut bar nut first. If you have
a deep well 22mm socket, you can use a ratchet. Else, a 22mm wrench will work.
3) Loosen lugnuts. Raise and support the front of the vehicle.
4) Just for sake of simplicity for this page, I'm going to point
you to other pages where I go over the strut assembly and steering knuckle removal.
If you do not want to replace the strut top, or have the Fensport bushing set
(which does not include a new strut top) then you do not need to remove the
5) Measure the length of 'A' below, so that caster can be put back to the correct
6) Remove the strut arm from the control arm, by removing the two 17mm nuts.
5) Remove the bolt that you loosened in step 1. You should then be able to
remove the strut bar. Here's some pics of it.
And disassembled. The 2 bushings (green arrows) are to be replaced by TRD ones.
And the collar (red arrow) needs to be replaced with a new one from the dealer.
6) If you aren't replacing the ball joints, skip this step.
I'd suggest removing the ball joint from the control arm at this point.
Unless you have a vice handy. I placed a jack under the control arm to raise
it up and then use a 2 or 3 jaw puller to pop it out. Beware, the ball joint
will literally POP up once it is loose. So keep away from inside the fenderwell
while you tighten the puller. (The below picture was taken before I actually
got the ball joint off. That's what the strut arm is there, and the jack isn't.)
7) Remove the 17mm bolt holding the control arm to the frame of the car.
Here's a pic of the control arm out of the car (ball joint is still in place):
8) If you've noticed, there's only one bushing per side that needs pressed
out in the front, the one in the end of the control arm. Here's some pics of
how I went about doing it. The "pusher" part of the puller I used
was big enough that it didn't fit inside the bushing, so I was able to just
use it, instead of using a stack of washers. It would probably be easier to
put the control arm in a vice, but since I didn't have one at the time, I tried
it without. It was surprisingly easy, just have the cheater bar handy. Here's
some pics of the different steps as I was pushing it out with a 2 jaw puller.
Go to Page 2 for the install process