Its always a challenge deviating form best practices on installations. But I must be practical. There are many poeple in the LX community that are Do it yourselfers. So Introducing other alternatives can present good and bad.
As a Pedders trainer, I have extremely high expectations of the trainees. Thru the entire process i am teaching/asking feedback. So by the time I am done, they have a great understanding of what is happening.
When it comes to assisting guys in doing their own repairs, it is a challenged: especially with the LX installs. some of the install is no big deal, but soem fo the bushes and procedures are very challenging.
The steering gear bush, however, is about as simple of a bush replacememn as hey come. yes, did I skip some procedures? Yes. Safety glasses, grade 8 bolts, etc, etc. but there needs to be some common sense that must be applied to all repairs. But suspension stuff is not like installing headers. Screwing up can cause an accident/injury. So I guess you must be confident in your processes
Any luck finding an authorized installer in San Diego?
2006 EVO MR
AMS FMIC/UICP/LICP/TBE/Small Battery/SS Clutch Line, 3 Port Boost, Swift Sport Springs, AEM Intake, Invidea o2 Housing, Synapse DV, ACT HDSS Clutch, Walbro 255, PTE 1200cc Injectors , Clutch Pill Delete, Progress 27mm RSB, Ichiba V2 15mm, BINARY Lowering Brackets, JDM Rear Diff Mod
E85 393/360 Tuning Technologies
I can't wait to at a minimum do the bump steer correction, and hopefully a complete bush replacement!
Well I just got slightly Pedderized today. I brought my Mag over to Witt Buick in Muskegon, MI and was originally just going to have the bump steer kit installed. Well I got the oppertunity to meet up with Pete and after the tech who worked on my car, I believe Mike was his name, got it up on the lift, Pete brought me out to go through a suspension inspection with me. We found a few issues that needed to be addressed as well. No surprise, my tie rod ends were shot...... AGAIN!! That's the second set I've had put on since I got this car a bit over two years ago. I know it's due to the OEM parts not being able to handle the wider tires I have on there so I had the Moog aftermarket parts installed this time. Pete also pointed out to me my front radius rod bushings and the fact that they were in need of some attention to say the least. So since I was leaning towards replacing them anyway (Pete and I had an extensive conversation over the phone about some parts he saw as inadequite from the factory and that was one such part). So that made up my mind. They had to be replaced. I'll post up some pics later of how bad they were. I just don't have the time now as I just took a brief break from getting my car ready for a show tomorrow...
Anyway I can definitely tell you that she feels so much better after this install. I can't say for certain that it was just the Pedders bushings, but I can tell you that even with having the tie rod ends replaced before it never fealt so tight. I can feel the road and the bumps, but it doesn't shake the steering wheel like it always used to. Nor does the front end skate around like it used to when I'd go over either large bumps or an area of bad road (It's pretty much impossible to avoid bad roads in Michigan any more as they are all either under repair or in need of it). So to me, I think it was worth every penny. Now my bigger concern is that I may over drive the car as the front end grips better in the twisties so the rear end may try and go forg the pass....
Ahh, I don't drive her that hard... usually, but that will be in the back of my mind.
On a side note, I got to go for a ride in Pete's supercharged, fully Pedderized G8. Impressive car. I was not impressed by any pics or vids I've seen of these cars, but once I saw one in person, and got to go for a ride.... Well my opinion has changed. It's a car I'd consider owning and for anyone that knows me, that's saying a lot as I've been very anti-GM for years.
So once again Pete, Mike, Tom and all at Witt Buick, I'd like to say thanks! I really appreciate all that you did today especially considering how much of a pain that one radius rod bushing was to get out (yeah for Michigan winters and the rust they provide....). I'll be back to see you guys when I have money for more suspension work.
The "Un"Club!We have two rules, Love Cars and Have Fun!Michigan Charter Founder
2005 Inferno Red (PEL) Magnum R/T - Hemi Registry #000573
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Thanks for believing in Pedders and enjoy the experience..
So what size tires are do you have? I am interested. All the tie rod ends I have seen bad o LXs had much larger than OEM tires.
They are 275/40-20's. So they are bigger than the OEM tires.