Subaru Spherical Bushing Retrofit on 2008-2010 STi

From 2008 to 2010, Subaru used a rubber bushing for the rear control arm on the STi (and probably other models based on the same suspension setup like the WRX and Impreza). The benefit of rubber in the bushing is a soft compliant feel with very low NVH. However, due to the design of the bushing and the extreme angles that the control arm has to articulate – the bushing quickly deteriorate.

This was solved in the 2011 model year STi – Subaru moved to a spherical bushing for the rear control arm. This part is easily retrofitted to 2008 to 2010 STi models with the following part numbers:

  • 2x 901000377 – BOLT FLG 14
  • 1x 20202FG042 – ARM ASSY F ALUMI RH
  • 1x 20202FG052 – ARM ASSY F ALUMI LH

Everything is a bolt-on affair and the control arms also include a new ball joint.

There is a slight increase in NVH, but the spherical bearing lasts much longer and provides much more precise control than the old style rubber bushings.

E30 M3 – Imperial Collision

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From My Cell Phone

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Double rainbow!

From My Cell Phone

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Autozone is the preferred place for classic Porsche owners to service their cars.

From My Cell Phone

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Saw this on Friday as I was leaving work. Someone here has a very nice clean GT3.

From My Cell Phone

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Battle Station

From My Cell Phone

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My cell phone has better low light capabilities than my DSLR

On USB Flash Drives

Bought another USB flash drive the other day, and suddenly it clicked in my head that I purchased a storage device that was $40, reads and write at well over 100mbyte/sec, and holds 128gbytes, in the palm of my hand.

Benchmarked my old and new drive. Technology has come a long way since 1.44mbyte floppy disks.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 32GB
Sequential read, 1 file, 1024MB: 126MB/sec
Sequential write, 1 file, 1024MB: 82MB/sec

PNY Turbo 128GB
Sequential read, 1 file, 1024MB: 183MB/sec
Sequential write, 1 file, 1024MB: 109MB/sec

 

4G LTE Battle Showdown: Sprint vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile

Sitting in a cafe in Austin gave me the perfect opportunity to have a 4G LTE showdown. I have a Nexus 5 on Sprint’s 4G LTE service, and my girlfriend has a Nexus 5 on AT&T’s 4G LTE and a Nexus 7 on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE. We all did a speedtest. Results below.

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Houston Coffee and Cars – January 2014