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Old 05-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Rear Rubber ?

I replaced my FCABs a few hundred miles ago and I noticed that the new rubber in the front made the front end sit up a little higher. Being a huge stock fan and not wanting to change the set up I figured I would look into changing the rubber parts in the rearend.....does or can anyone give me a list of what can be replaced in the rearend much like the LCABs in the front?

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Old 05-17-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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Your post confuses me. There is absolutely no possible way that new front control arm bushings would change your front ride height. Also not sure what any of this has to do with "being a huge stock fan and not wanting to change the setup".

As for the common rubber wear and tear items in the rear, those would be the RTABs (rear trailing arm bushings) and the large rear diff mount bushing.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:09 AM   #3
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TX....thanks for the help.....my statement about being a stock fan is that when you ask a question you get a lot of people telling you that they use this aftermarket thing or that aftermarket thing...I am looking for OEM stuff so I just mention that I like to stay stock....

As far as the ride height goes....I can not explain it....I can only tell you that the when I changed the FCABs the clearance between tire and fender changed....at least in my eyes.....
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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As far as the ride height goes....I can not explain it....I can only tell you that the when I changed the FCABs the clearance between tire and fender changed....at least in my eyes.....
Any time you raise the wheels off the ground and then lower it back down, the suspension will "raise up" a bit until things settle back down (ie, the tires have a chance to slide back out after having been drawn up under the car a bit due to the loss of camber when lifting the vehicle). This is most likely what you noticed immediately after replacing the CABs. After driving around a little after the replacement, the ride height should have returned back to the pre bushing replacement height - if it didn't then something else was changed or damaged during the install.
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