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Numbchux
04-05-2013, 04:24 AM
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Galcobar
04-05-2013, 08:01 AM
Naturally-aspirated fifth-gen Celicas used suspension arms (that's Toyota's term for the four lateral links running to the rear wheels) with spherical bearings, not bushings. It's possible to replace the bearings, but it would cost as much as buying new arms from Lithia or 1sttoyotaparts.

A couple people have reported success replacing the bearings with bushings, but this required a press, vice, air hammer, torch, air gun, and a few hand tools. http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=71666&hl= The other complication is that I've only seen it done with sixth-gen Celicas, which benefitted from a different toe adjustment mechanism. On sixth-gens, the toe is adjusted via a lock-nut arrangement in the shaft of the No. 2 suspension arm. On fifth-gens the adjusted is an eccentric cam which goes through the inboard bearing of the No. 2 suspension arm -- meaning the hole in the arm at that end is larger. Sixth-gen arms have a consistent bolt hole for all eight ends.

That said, you can swap sixth-gen No. 2 arms into the fifth-gen suspension. http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?34935-HOWTO-Fifth-to-sixth-gen-suspension-member-conversion

Numbchux
04-06-2013, 02:42 AM
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KoreanJoey
04-06-2013, 09:04 AM
Yeah I swapped for the poly bushings on my rear links (retained the spherical bearings with new control arms). Felt pretty tight overall, not as much as the heims in the race car but definitely not as noisy.

Numbchux
04-29-2013, 11:27 PM
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