report by pablo deferrari
there are three sets of bushings needed to refresh this 26,8mm bar:
- 951 343 794 02 center rubber bushings (2 pieces)
- 951 343 793 30 outer end bushings (2 pieces)
- 951 343 795 01 end link mountings (4 pieces)
- 951 343 794 05 center rubber bushings (2 pieces)
- 951 343 793 31 outer end bushings (2 pieces)
- N 012 449 1 lock washer (2 pieces)
right. the removal.
ok, there's no need to make things difficult and try to bend the bracket apart just to slice off the bushing. with some soapy water slathered on its exit path off the bar, she'll slip right off with a few subtle twists of the wrist. remember to mark where the old bushing sat on the bar so that when you slide on the new one, you'll know where it lived.
it'll be easy to line things up once you're under there, so don't fret about the positioning of brackets. what I did was to install the bar at the end links first, snug things in a bit, then finally secure the center brackets to the chassis.
yea, I should've shown you this bit of the process, but I'm willing to be that if you're attempting to do this job, you took it off the car carefully noting how the pieces came off and are very capable in putting it all back.
one thing I do want to point out is the last set of bushings you'll be installing on the outer links that bolt up to the control arm, the four dougnutty-looking ones. they're made in Italy.
I don't have a problem with them being made in my ancestral land as long as it isn't mechanical or electrical, but I do have a beef with their plastics and rubber. somehow, the processes they utilize in their manufacture rival that of the indigenous tribes deep in the Amazon. in other words, they're primitive. they've yet to figure out the secrets to their longevity.
they seem to sort of disintegrate if you so much as sneeze on them which is why I suspect Porsche put an expiration date on the package.
see the string of letters spelling "Verwendbar bis?" that means "Expires by." so, Porsche can only guarantee that these little rubber nuggets from the boot will last 10 years before they either turned to goo, disintegrate, or transform itself into something that scientists will have a hard time in figuring out its new molecular structure.