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Old 02-02-2012, 11:12 AM   #21  
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Yes, I agree that it isn't the bushings. That was just the reason why I had to take it in for an alignment.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:13 AM   #22  
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right right, well I will update on if the lower ball joint fixes it.

If it doesn't then, I am going to replace the LCA. Just hope that parts group can ship it to me quickly so I can put it on before friday (of next week).
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:47 PM   #23  
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Lower ball joint did not fix it.

Neither did a used NA Lower Control Arm.

I am ------- pissed.

Oh, I also switched wheels and that didn't fix it either. So, I have tried:

Lower ball joint
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That leaves...Subframe and possibly upper control arm?

I don't really know anymore...
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:57 PM   #24  
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sorry to hear that, price of tracking it i guess
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What about bushings and camber bolts?
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replace the camber bolts, the bushings are ES bushings. they have less than 5k miles on them too.
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Sorry, what I meant was: When you installed them, did you torque the bolts on your bushings while under load? Maybe you have one bound up?
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:54 AM   #28  
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I doubt it. The ES bushings don't preload due to the sleeve and bushing being unattached. As for binding, I doubt it, I jacked the car up and loosened the eccentrics and they control arm seemed to move freely.

plus, I got the old bushings out of the "new" used control arm and put the ES bushings back in with new lube. If they were binding because of lubrication, it certainly should not anymore.

I am thinking I will replace the UCA with a new one since they are cheap and if that doesn't help, then I am just going to plan for a new subframe. If its still fucked then, I am selling my miata and buying grocery getter and giving up my life of adrenalin and excitement.
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LOL, good luck man.
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