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- 4 - 3297 Upper Control Arm Bushings
- 4 - Center Metal Sleeves for 3297
- 4 - Outer Metal Washers for 3297
- 4 - Lower Control Arm Bushings
- 2 - 9.11108 Formula 5 Prelube Tubes
- 1 - Installation Instructions # 17232
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- Energy Suspension warrants its products against defects in workmanship and material for 24 months when used on passenger cars and light trucks. Products that have been abused, altered, or incorrectly installed are not covered. Energy Suspension will replace defective products or component parts, if inspection for factory personnel determines the part to be defective. Warranty replacement covers only the product. Labor claims, time loss, or freight charges will not be honored.
Front Control Arm Bushings 1998-2004 Toyota Tacoma 2WD/4WD
These polyurethane front control arm bushings from Energy Suspension will replace the original rubber bushings on the 6 lug '98-'04 Tacoma 2/4WD that are prone to wearing down and degrading. With polyurethane front control arm bushings on your truck you will experience consistent front wheel alignment during even extreme turns, meaning better traction and more even tire wear.
Control Arms and Camber
The front control arms of your Tacoma connect the wheel to the frame and maintain the camber angle (or tilt) of your wheels. When the camber is thrown off your tires can ride on the edge instead of flat against the ground, especially during a turn.
The rubber bushings that come installed on your truck from the factory deflect (flex) to absorb the vibrations between the road and the frame, but this also means that the angle of those front wheels can change as the bushings bend with the force of a turn.
Vulnerable Rubber Bushings
Rubber suspension bushings are great for providing the softest ride possible but they don't handle the wear and tear of everyday driving very well. With every mile those bushings stretch a little more out of shape until gaps form between the bushing and the hardware holding the control arms to the frame.
Besides wear, rubber bushings can also be degraded by exposure to heat, motor chemicals, and road grime which will eventually cause them to crumble. In central Texas, where you can boil an egg on the sidewalk on Monday then ice-skate in the same spot by Wednesday, a durable bushing is important. Bottom line: rubber bushings do not have the same lifespan as your Tacoma.
Energy Suspension Upgrade
The answer to the weak longevity of the rubber bushings on your truck is Energy Suspension's polyurethane front control arm bushings for the '98-'04 Tacoma.
Polyurethane is much more durable than rubber and can hold the camber angle through extreme turns that causes rubber bushings to deflect. These front control arm bushings will hold their shape and keep your control arms firmly in place without worrying about the angle of your tires. You can experience some more vibration from the road but you're essentially trading this for a dramatic increase in performance and durability.
Your Last Front Control Arm Bushings
Besides being more resistant to wear than rubber, polyurethane front control arm bushings will brush off the heat, chemicals, and road grime that will break down and degrade rubber. These Energy Suspension bushings are backed up by DST's exclusive lifetime warranty so this will be the last set you will need to buy. Whether you're looking for an upgrade or a replacement these polyurethane front control arm bushings are better than rubber on both counts.
Product Reviews for 8.3115 | Front Control Arm Bushings Kit | 1998-2004 Tacoma 2-4WD
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Energy Suspension 8.3115
starstarstarstarstar" Satisfied "
While I did receive what I ordered within a timely manner, I was a bit defeated with my decision. From the factory, these bushings come with a metal cup that is molded to the bushing, upon removing the bushings as a whole piece I needed to throw them in a fire to char off the old rubber bushing in order to reuse the metal cup on these bushings, the whole job took me about 4 hours but had I ordered the whiteline bushings that come with a metal cup I wouldve been done in 2. All in all this is a great product and it fixed the "sway when brake" problem I was having and overall made for a lot smoother ride. I would recommend this product but would first say, take a look at whiteline.verified_user Verified Buyer - Daniel Kugler - . Energy Suspension 8.3115 - 5 out of 5
starstarstarstar_borderstar_border" Lots of work, but good price. Do-able with a couple of tricks. Needed a hydraulic press for upper shells. "
Cheapest way to replace the CA bushings, but NOT EASY! I did it, but it took some improvisation.\n\n1) Upper Control Arm: You can buy new UCA for about $100 each w/ bushings installed - if you dont like working on things, do this. But, if you like a challenge, the uppers are the hardest to do, but it can be done. First, DON"T REMOVE THE SHELLS. The shells are re-used. You only want to burn out the rubber. HINT HINT HINT: You dont actually burn the rubber, you break the bond from the outside. Energy has a video, and they should include this in the instructions - watch it first and read this page:\nIf you do it that way, they come out pretty easy with a propane torch and some assortment of pipes and sockets. It doesnt take a lot of force, and I did it with a piece of small diameter all-thread and a bunch of sockets, washers, pipe-scraps and such. This part is pretty easy\n\nClean out the leftover with a small-diameter wire brush on a drill. It will do it REALLY fast and easy. There is a size (IDK, I already had it, didnt measure) that fits right in. That or go smaller, its easy with a drill and wire brush\n\nPress the shells in all the way - THIS IS THE HARD STEP! Mine was 250K miles, I soaked in WD40 but they were too rusted. I had to borrow a hydraulic press. I think you MIGHT be able to do it with a ball-joint press kit from Autozone (loaner tool) but it took 3-4 TONS on the hydraulic press to move mine. PRO TIP THOUGH! if you put them in a balljoint press or other press and get a LOT of force on them, while the force is applied, hit the outer CA boss with a torch and itll expand, letting the shell slide inside of it. Helps if the shells were a little cold to start.\n\nOnce the shells are pressed in and clean, just grease up the bushings and install. They take a little pressing, but not much. find the right all thread and washers, sockets, etc. A large vice might do it too, barely too hard to do by hand, only needs a hundred pounds or so. You use their new washers on install, read the instructions, dont re-use your old ones\n\nLOWER CA: These are more expensive to replace, so heres where the kit really pays off. Youre gonna keep the washers and metal bushings, so be careful here.\n\nI used the pickle-fork technique to pop the washers off. Rented it at autozone. You have to go pretty big on the pickle fork to get around the bushing - its wider than the part you can see from the washer side. The bushing tapers down at the washer, but its fat on the back-side. Youll see, just make sure you pick a fork that will stradle it and not get stuck digging into it. Itll pop the washer off. Energy talks about doing this with a punch, I have no idea what theyre talking about, seems impossible, but pickle fork was really easy after picking the right one.\n\nAfter the washer is off, follow the burn-out and press instructions like the upper control arm. Read that energy page about how to burn them out right.\n\nThey come out with the inner shell and washer stuck inside. Slit the rubber along the shell with a razor, then torch the metal inside of the inner shell, itll separate the rubber nicely. Clean up the outer shells and inner shells with the wire wheel like before.\n\nThe end of the shell where the washer goes needs to be crimped down to let the washer back on. I did it by squeezing and rotating many times in a bench vise little by little. Squeeze, turn, squeeze, turn - keep checking. When the washer just fits back on, youre good. Re-assemble pressing in the new bushings with grease) with the old inner shells. Apply the old washer and now flare the inner shell to retain it. I used all-thread and a necked-down 3/8 drive small-size socket. This allowed the taper of the socket to flare the shell out on the washer, really easy!\n\nTotal time was many hours and the borrowed hydraulic press means it wasnt a purely garage job.\n\nIf you have money and no time, buy complete control arms with bushings.\nIf you have a little time and some money, take stock bushings and your control arms to a shop and have them swap em\nIf you have a little more time and not as much money, buy the energy kit, and be patient. Drink many beers and relax, it can be done, but you may need to call in the big press for the uppers. Lowers are surely a home job with the pickle fork, bench vise and lots of random parts to press and support things.\n \nverified_user Verified Buyer - E.A. - . Energy Suspension 8.3115 - 3 out of 5
starstar_borderstar_borderstar_borderstar_border" Not worth it... "
If you are replacing your lower control arm bushings, chances are they are completely shot. By "completely shot" I mean, the rubber is cracked and deteriorated and the bushing sleeve is so rusted it has become one with the socket in which it was originally installed. In this case, you cannot reuse the shell. Even if you were able to press it out of the control arm without destroying it and then able to scrub the vulcanized rubber from the inside to install the new bushing, the flimsy stamped steel outer sleeves are most likely so corroded, no one in their right mind would reinstall it. THIS PRODUCT WOULD BE FANTASTIC IF IT CAME WITH NEW BUSHING SLEEVES. Otherwise, not worth the time. Editor,s Note: Many of the poly urethane bushing kits we offer do not include the outer shells. These shells are very hard to build. Also if they were included in the kits the price for the kit would be much more. Before ordering poly urethane bushings look at your outer metal shells for problems. Especially if you live in the coastal areas and where salt and chemicals are used to clear the road of ice and snow.verified_user Verified Buyer - Matthew Hull - . Energy Suspension 8.3115 - 1 out of 5
starstarstarstarstar" Perfect fit. "
I just installed them during the long weekend and had the truck front wheel alignment done on Tuesday. I used a propane torch to heat (burn) the old bushings, it takes a few minutes then the center sleeves slides out. I kept the torch the old rubber bushing, using an old knife I kept scraping the old rubber until it was all gone. then I used a wire brush mounted on a drill to clean the inside of the outer sleeve. To install the new bushing was a breeze. Lube them well with the provided lube and press them in, I used a C clamp and a piece of pipe to install them. The truck feels more stable and the clunking noise is gone.verified_user Verified Buyer - Dany Coulombe - . Energy Suspension 8.3115 - 5 out of 5
question_answer Customer Questions and Answers
- Will part number 8.3115 fit my 2000 Toyota 4runner 4wd?
- Yes, part number 8.3115 will fit the 2000 Toyota 4runner 4wd.
- Will part number 8.3115 fit my Tacoma 2001 prerunner 6 lug rwd?
- Yes, part number 8.3115 will fit the Tacoma 2001 prerunner 6 lug rwd.