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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 09, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Bushings in general

Will not take long now before i can start changing bushings in the front. But - has anyone ever bought a complete set of bushings from e.g NPD? Can you suggest any good supplier of poly graphite bushings?

Planning on lowering the front about 1". Anything special to think about in regards to bushings etc.?

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I went with David Pozzi's advice. No good reason to use anything except solid aluminum.

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If you want polygraphite bushings.........
I have purchased from http://www.p-s-t.com/ for my 77 Camaro...
just make sure to lube them up very well before installing...

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I just finished doing the upper and lower A arms on the front suspension. I used Energy Suspension's polygraphite (black) bushings. Definite improvement over the stock worn out sloppy rubber bushings.
My only suggestion is if you use the poly bushings, order an extra few tubes or extra "lube" they send. Follow the directions exactly, and don't be afraid of using the lube. I noticed a squeak before I tightened the lower a arm bolts, stopped, put lube on the bushings and where the A arm goes onto the frame, no more squeak.
Been driving it around, not a squeak.

Hope that helps.....

PST bushings I'm sure are just as good as Energy Suspension.....I have their sway bar end link kit. Good stuff.

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I used Energy Suspension graphite bushings and wished I hadn't. I used plenty of lube during installation, but after 10,000 mile they squeak bad. It's very embarrassing to drive, the slightest bump causes squeaking. Everyone claims better handling but where's the proof? If you like a harsh squeaky ride go with poly, if you want parts that designed to work go with OEM rubber.

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Thanks for that info guys,

Is there really a big need for putting extra lube on there? I was under the impression that the graphite worked as a lubricant and extra lube, or lube in general, was not needed?
Pure polyurethane bushings (not poly-graphite), however, was the "squeeky sort". Or am I wrong?

I do want a solid car with good handling. I do not want to the squeeks.
Anyone else that picked OEM rubber like 67maro?

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i used stock replacement Moog bushings in my Nova, and it worked fine for me..
i don't know how much bind there was compared to poly or solids or delrins, but i was able to move the suspension up and down by grabbing onto the spindles with the bolts all tightened up but no springs in it. it was stiff, but it did move.

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