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DIY: Replacing Power Steering Bushes on a Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-t

Ever wondered why your steering wheel feels a little “doughy” or unresponsive even after replacing your rack ends, tie rods and given it a good wheel alignment?

It’s probably because you’re steering rack bushes have deteriorated which has allowed room for your steering rack to wiggle about.

Not to worry though, it’s a relatively easy task to replace and best of all the part itself doesn’t cost too much. In regards to these steering rack bushes, you have the option of replacing it with an OEM item or just going aftermarket. Going aftermarket has it’s advantages, it’s often cheaper and is also made from a more durable product called urethane which allows more feedback to the driver. Downside of the additional feedback is more vibration to the steering wheel, as now the harmonics of the road are transmitted to the driver. Of course, if this was for a luxury car then I would just go OEM or OEM style rubber bushing for obvious reasons. But because this is a “race car”, I opted for the durable product made in urethane to give my car that added feedback which was lacking in the steering department.

Tools Required:

  • 17mm Socket & Short Extension
  • 10mm Socket
  • Silicon Spray
  • Jack Stands & Jack

Part No: SPF2681K by SuperPro [Fits all R32/R33 GTS-t & GT-R)
Duration: 45 minutes
Profanity Level: Low to Medium
Beers Consumed: 2

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Step 1:
Safely place your car on jack stands.

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Step 2:
Locate the 17mm bolts holding the steering rack on, they bolt up to a clamp which compresses the bushing onto the rack and onto the cross member. Remove all four bolts and also remove the 10mm bolt that holds the passenger side clamp cover.

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Step 3:
Remove all clamps and place aside, note that the driver’s side has a 90 degree corner. This distinguishes which bush goes where.

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Step 4:
Remove both passenger and driver side bushes, using silicon spray first will ease the process. To remove, push the steering rack upwards and slide the bushing out. Note they have a slit/cut towards to the top.

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Step 5:
Clean the area, and spray some silicon spray on the the bushes and rack. Proceed to mount them on the way you removed them. The driver side one might be a little tricky, as you will need to get the 90 degree corner squared up with the rack. This may take a little time, however with enough silicon spray it moves quite easily

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Step 6:
Line up the clamps and bolt back up the 17mm bolt on both sides. They will squash the bush a little, so don’t be alarmed. Replace the 10mm bolt hold the passenger cover as well.

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Step 7:
Give the whole area a good clean and check that everything is secure and in place. Make sure the bushes are sitting in correctly.

Now take your car for a spin, you will notice there will be more feedback fed through the steering wheel and back to your hands, great for when you’re on the track.

Enjoy the new feedback and drive safe!

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A typical car nutter that likes to get his hands dirty. Skyline and Silvia fanatic not to mention trak-life's own personal tuner and mechanic. Doesn't mind sparing a few days at the gym to stay fit and definitely likes to eat to keep the balance right.

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  1. Did you notice that the SuperPro bushes tend to ‘mushroom’ out when tightening the brackets down? It seems these bushes are slightly thicker/larger than the OEM parts, and thus get squashed once installed. Not really happy with the fit, but no one else seems to make polyurethane rack bushes.

    • Johnny

      Hi Ben,

      I believe you’re on SAU too 🙂

      I did notice very minimal ‘mushrooming’ however not enough to cause any nuisances, perhaps it wasn’t rotated into place correctly before tightening?

  2. Did this to my R32, what a pain to get your hands in there! Also spent some time to change the steering column rubber bush to a stainless steel one when I had the rack loose.
    Anyways, neat guide, keep it up 🙂

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