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    I think you might be right. i had OEM control arms before and they were on the car for YEARS without any issues until the ball joints went bad. one strange thing, the passenger side bushing LEAKED. some sort of white grease/oil type shit. soon as it was installed, few weeks went by and i noticed the drops on the road. looked like i was bleeding oil or something but it was on the passenger side. had it on a lift and it was shit leaking out of the front right rear bushing on the control arm. sooooo maybe these moog arms have been failing since install?
     
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    That is odd. I’d be surprised if the Moog bushings were filled with anything. They look to small for fluid filled. Never thought to poke a hole in them before I scraped them.

    then again who knows. I had a Moog arm with a missing weld and the rear bushing bracket cracked off
     
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    I’m also not sure they’re fluid filled. I don’t think they are anyways but something was leaking out of that bushing and I’m pretty sure it’s bad now. Maybe I just got unlucky with a bad moog? Time for oem I guess. Ugh they are not cheap
     
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    Damond offered to put their stiffer bushings on a set of new Mazda arms for me in a different thread.
     
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    I saw in their thread that they'll install the anti-lift and powerflex bushings, and I'm considering it but just a lil worried it'll be way less comfortable than oem. Have you got them installed yet?
     
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    And can you share what they would charge to install the bushings?
     
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    This is nothing special. Off the shelf power flex bushings from a focus RS. They do offer the anti lift kit from powerflex which for me in Canada is expensive as fuck. I’m sure I’ll bite the bullet eventually since it’s a great part.
     
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    Also I did have new powerflex bushings pressed into these control arms, the front bushing though only(the smaller ones). Can’t say how much it helped but my initial impressions I was quite pleased with how everything felt upfront
     
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    I haven't done it yet, it was more about the convenience of having a ready to install part show up. I could have the bushings pressed on to my current as as they are in good condition but then the car would be down for a few days at a minimum
     
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    Yea totally understandable. Over the off season I guess I’ll have to do a full suspension inspection and after my motor is swapped I’ll maybe order the anti lift kit. See how much that does for me. It’s cool to make all these changes and actually notice it while driving
     
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    welp there go my plans for a front lip/air damn/splitter
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    i am exactly one point away from jumping up a class and I am 1000% not driver modded enough for that. well shit
     
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    And certainly not a big enough performance boost to justify either
     
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    Agreed. I’ll try and just seal it up underneath with corrugated plastic. Should be ok. Track day tomorrow also. Woohoo
     
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    Wont you get potentially dinged by the letter of the rule ("below the front facia to reduce airflow under the car") if you put anything but OEM plastic below the front bumper plastic and the splash guard?

    Means you definitely need to design/mount the gap filler to be mounted above both of those. No sheet metal screw easy fixing etc I guess.
     
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    Is the bigmouth grille fouling on the oil cooler/ic core and pushing it out to cause that gap? If so, could always grind that bitch down on the backside. Or probably just let it go until you relocate the oil cooler and see if that solves it. Or is something else the problem that I'm not seeing in the pics?
     
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    I read it as you can have an air dam that is 3/4 inch lower than stock as long as it does not stick out past the bumper. You could use a 5/8 piece of plywood.

    If you wanted to cheat you could slot the mounting holes and slide it out a few inches with the ability to slide it back if questioned
     
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    My issue with the gap is under the car so by sealing it up I’m thinking/hoping it won’t even be visible at all. No lip or splitter or anything. Just some panels underneath to extend the front bump to the under tray. It should be ok I’m hoping?

    Yea the grill is resting on the oil cooler. Is insulated it so the metal mesh from the grill wouldn’t eat through the oil cooler. I noticed it hitting after I finished installing it. What a pain. When the motor comes out and the oil cooler is moved it should be perfect after

    This is definitely a good idea for some minor cheating lol. At this point I don’t think I want to risk that extra point and jumping up a class. If I’m confident in the car and my driver mod next season after an event or two then maybe I’ll send it
     
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    Went to the track Saturday. I was an instructor but I got some laps in. Car was on fucking crack though. On the way to the track is was 0c in the morning and car was breaking up top of 4th. Running out of injector whoops lol.
    Got to the track and once it finally warmed up to a peak of 12c I could get heat in the tires and the car was running STRONG. MAX power. I had a few people mention to me how fast the car was flying around the track. It was on fucking rails and I was making MAX power. Here’s me hassling a gen V viper. 645hp of fuckkkk youuuu, pro tip though Incase you didn’t know, 645hp ain’t shit if you’re on the brakes;) more to come later. Car was fucking fast though. Ran down a built motor gtx2871 freektuned gen 1 ms3 on the big end. 4th gear reels in pretty hard for ~320whp.

     
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