DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

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DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by TheDeckMan » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:11 am

I ended up making my own puller tool to be able to pull bushings out on the car without requiring the removal of the control arm. Here is testing it on the bench. In light that it has not made it back when loaned out I will have to make another one or two in the near future that will be available for others on here. The install was done on my 2002 996 Turbo.

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Puller tool used on the car with impact and wrench to remove old bushing
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Old bushing removed, I normally hit with a scotch pad to clean the bore up prior to putting the bushings in. Another note is to make sure to use plenty of grease on the puller bolt to prevent it from galling the threads and then needing to cut the bolt head off.


If you have access to a welder and a lathe/bridgeport, here is a drawing for those who want to make their own.
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I made a couple sets of LCA bushings for later use in other 996/997 cars as I add others to the garage. Here is the Phenix Engineering LCA bushing installed into the control arm. I ended up making them out of 7075 heat treated Aluminum to ensure the strongest possible.

First ones test fitting prior to hard coat anodizing
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Finished install with thrust arms attached
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Any questions feel free to ask. Install takes about an hour all said and done with difficulty being a single IPA beer requirement.
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by 32wildbilly » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:24 am

Nicely done!

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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by sweet victory » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:38 am

Would you mind sharing dimensions? :)
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by TheDeckMan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:13 am

sweet victory wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:38 am
Would you mind sharing dimensions? :)
Of the puller or the bushing? If you need bushings I do have some extras.
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by sweet victory » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:24 am

I just realized you posted a sketch of the tool. Don't know why I didn't see that before. :mrgreen:

I have CNC equipment at work and could make a few bushings though. On the fence about which direction I want to go. How are you liking the solid bushings so far?
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by TheDeckMan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:05 am

sweet victory wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:24 am
I just realized you posted a sketch of the tool. Don't know why I didn't see that before. :mrgreen:

I have CNC equipment at work and could make a few bushings though. On the fence about which direction I want to go. How are you liking the solid bushings so far?
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So far loving them as they make a huge difference preventing cupping on the rear tires. Also notice a good difference in feed back through the steering to what is going on in the road surface. Will be putting a set on the 997 shortly.
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by sweet victory » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:12 pm

Hmmm. I have a spare subframe with arms and spindles lying around. I think I can figure out what dimensions I'd need for the solid bushings from that.

What do you mean by cupping? The toe changing?
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by TheDeckMan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:58 pm

Yep, change of toe under acceleration burning up the insides. Got just under 14k miles with two track days on the Continental Conti-Force vs 8k prior with no track days.
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by 5chn3ll » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:02 am

This is some really solid content. Thanks for posting up the drawing!
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Re: DIY 996/997 /986/987 Solid LCA Bushing Install

Post by TheDeckMan » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:27 am

ElSchnell wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:02 am
This is some really solid content. Thanks for posting up the drawing!
:beer:
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