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Old 03-13-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Another radius rod bushing question

I just got my radius rods out. It was more of a pain in the @ss than I thought it was going to be. I have a set of Pedders inserts to install, but now as I look at them I wonder if I shouldn't get full replacements while I have them out.

I guess I'm wondering if the inserts are going to take the mush out of it. I'm going with full replacements for all the other bushings.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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what's the part number for the Pedders bushings? Only asking because I don't think they make just inserts, the bushing is tiny already to begin with.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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The radius rod bushes are actually quite large. I have the full bushing replacement and i remember it took even the man himself (Justice Pete) some fighting to get the old one pressed out even a little more struggling to get the new one in.

The have the regular inserts and the HD inserts and the full bushing replacement which is what i had. I thing the inserts will tighten up the steering some but on the full bush replacement,

Pete clamped the radius rod in a vice with the new bush and told me to apply force to the other end.....no movement whatsoever. He did the same thing with the radius rod before with the OEM bush and it moved side to side at least 1/2 inch.
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what's the part number for the Pedders bushings? Only asking because I don't think they make just inserts, the bushing is tiny already to begin with.

https://secure.merlinsoftware.com.au...rodCode=EP6577

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I was skeptical of the radius rod inserts too when I saw them, but the improvement is noticeable.
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Here is some info on the radius rod insert and yes Pedders does have them. It's best bought with their Stage 1 Street kit so you get a small discount.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ght=radius+rod

I ended up having full bushings put it but not that I was really disappointed in the insert but more of a...while I was at the shop kind of thing. If you have a press it's not all that bad but it's definately more of an install than just the insert.
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I was skeptical of the radius rod inserts too when I saw them, but the improvement is noticeable.
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A press will make removing the factory trailing arm bushings a snap. Just find the appropriate sized socket and push it on out.

With our front trailing arm sphericals the reinstallation is a breeze. Just clean up the bore of the arm of any left over pieces of the factory bushing, put on the supplied LocTite retaining compound, slide the bearing in place and install the snap ring. Instead of pressing in a firmer piece of polyurethane that will bind during normal operation of the arm, we replace that bushing with an ultra low deflection spherical bearing. This bearing will allow the arm to freely rotate how that arm was designed to in the factory rubber bushing, but eliminate deflection to help braking and steering response. We know these are going to be installed on street cars, so we use a heavy duty teflon lined bearing for these spherical bearings to prevent any extra noise from being transmitted to the cabin.

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I just got my radius rods out. It was more of a pain in the @ss than I thought it was going to be. I have a set of Pedders inserts to install, but now as I look at them I wonder if I shouldn't get full replacements while I have them out.

I guess I'm wondering if the inserts are going to take the mush out of it. I'm going with full replacements for all the other bushings.
Put the inserts in. Pedders guarantees your satisfaction. Call me if you are anything less than very pleased with the result.
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