Bushing Warning - Submitted by, Ian
We’ve examined several kingpin bushings lately
with a serious defect. The hole is drilled at an angle through the bushing.
This could cause significant crossbind if such a bushing is installed with
the hole angled towards the side of the car. These bushings are easy to
spot. Look carefully at each end of the bushing. The hole at each end should
appear centered. If the hole at one end is centered, while the other one is
off-center, then the hole is drilled at an angle to the axis of the bushing.
Don’t use it. Obtain a replacement and verify it is correct before
installing it into the floorboard. Once a bushing is epoxied into the board,
it usually can’t be removed without spoiling the board. And any attempt to
repair damage caused by drilling out a glued-in bushing usually makes the
board illegal for competition.
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