Especially for Honda Civic drivers, getting the most from their front end is a must for a quick lap time. Not able to rely much on power, they have to take advantage of their car’s inherent nimbleness and find as much entry and mid-corner speed as possible. Even exiting a corner can frustrate the hard-charging Civic driver if they’re met with torquesteer. To stay on top of their car through each cornering phase, it helps to know precisely what their front tires are doing. Energy Suspension has designed a new style of steering rack bushings to clarify those channels of communication.
To get a clear message, it helps to have firm, fresh bushings in the steering rack. However, oil, grease, and road contaminants degrade the rubber bushings over time and eventually cause them to fail. As a result, we lose steering sensitivity and response. “Failure of this bushing causes sloppy and less responsive steering in daily-driving conditions; problems that are only more noticeable the harder you push your vehicle,” adds Kyle Martin, Marketing Manager at Energy Suspension.
Since the steering bushings in the ’06-’11 Civic are factory items that degrade quickly over time, Energy Suspension developed a new polyurethane replacement to better handle the elements. This replacement is more durable, more consistent, and less deflective than the factory rubber bushings, and these traits provide a more direct stream of information from the tires through the steering wheel. “This is a cost effective, easy-to-install upgrade for your Civic DX/EX/LX and it will instantly result in more responsive handling with more precise feedback to driver steering input,” Martin adds.
Getting a direct message from the front end of one’s car confers a sense of confidence that can amount to seconds on the track. Knowing the exact texture of the road and the way the tire handles them lets a confident driver “think” their way through a corner without hesitation or worry. Though it might sound too dramatic, minor changes in the bushings and steering system are so much of what brings a driver and their car towards that ideal union where driver becomes one with their machine.