Targa Miata
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March 31, 2007 - After assembling one corner of the car, I found there was far more friction in the suspension than I wanted.
Closer inspection showed that the crush tubes in the bushings were not as long as the bushings themselves - not a low-friction situation. Measuring the bushing with the crush tube removed was fine, but the deformation of the polyurethane with the sleeve inserted was enough to cause a problem. So I shaved down the bushings slightly so they were flush with the tubes. I only did a couple by hand, the others were done much more rapidly on the belt sander at work. Why did I do two by hand? Because I forgot the control arm at home.
tags: suspension