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TIGHTEN BUSHING BOLT ON VEHICLE SUB-FRAME

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DID YOU KNOW: Advice for the professional

If track control arm bushings are fully tightened while the vehicle is ‘hanging’ (e.g. figure A; upper position on a car lift), the new bushes will be ‘pre-stressed’ when the vehicle is returned to its neutral position (figure B).

MOOG - Tighten Bushing Bolt on Vehicle Sub-Frame - Pre-Stressed Bush

This ‘pre-stressed’ condition will inevitably cause extremely premature wear of the track control arm bushes.

 

OVERVIEW

When fixing track control arms to the vehicle sub-frame, never fully tighten the nuts and bolts until the vehicle is grounded i.e. figure B.

MOOG - Tighten Bushing Bolt on Vehicle Sub-Frame - Lifted Car

INSTALLATION TIPS

To avoid initial over-tightening, limit the first torque to a value which allows the bush inner tube to rotate within its seat while the vehicle is progressively recovering its neutral position. Once the vehicle is fully grounded the final torque value can then be applied.

  • ‘Pre-tighten’ at a limited torque value, while the vehicle stands on the lift (figure A)
  • Apply the final torque value once the vehicle has recovered its neutral position (figure B)
MOOG - Tighten Bushing Bolt on Vehicle Sub-Frame

 

When fixing track control arms to the vehicle sub-frame, never fully tighten the nuts and bolts until the vehicle is grounded


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