My Nose Landing Gear has always had some side to side play in it so this Annual I took the opportunity to install the Oversized Bushes that Van's sells.
2 x VA-144 OVSZ
The bushes come oversized and a simple measurement with some telescopic bore gauges will give you the correct size to machine your new bushes down to.
The Standard Bushes VA-144 measure : .750"
My Engine Frame/Nose Gear Mount measured : .760 ( average )
So I machined my new bushes to .758 ", applied fresh grease and reassembled.
I was rewarded with no detectable side play in my Nose Gear and an annoying clunking that was always there when I taxi or roll out after landing is now gone.
I don't know if the old bushes would of ever become a service problem but I am enjoying the reduction in play and noise in my front nose gear.
It should be noted that all these bushes require some service (grease ) and I would recommend that all owners plan to service these bushes at some time, maybe every 4-5 years.