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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 10, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Caltracs and solid bushings?

I've read a few posts on other forums that all state that in order to run Caltracs on a car, you have to install solid bushings on the front leaf spring eyes.
I also thought I read that you should NOT run solid bushings if you're going to run the car on the street.

So do you absolutely NEED solids to run the Caltracs? I saw a post on another forum where the poster drilled out some poly bushings to accept the Caltrac sleeve.

Anyone heard of that?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 10, 04:36 PM
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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I don't know why you wouldn't run solid bushings. I have had them in for a couple of years and no problems at all.

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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I think I remember reading something, perhaps from Dave Pozzi?, saying that solid bushings are bad on turns, and that they put a lot of strain on the car when cornering?

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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I,ve run solid bushings for ever but for the street i do not see why the poly ones would not be fine. They are alot firmer than the stock rubber ones.
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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

What are your plans for the car? Dave Pozzi runs slalom and road courses pretty hard. Caltracs are usually an app for drag racing where you DON'T want a soft front bushing. Either way, if you run a solid bushing in the front and poly/rubber in the back it shouldn't pose a problem for a street car.


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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I have been running poly with mine for the past 4 years on the street. As others have stated you could run solid up front and poly at the rear. Caltracs will operate and do their job with either although if you plan to drag race the car a "great" deal you may want to go with solid bushings.

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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I have the slide a link set up which is like the cal track and it came with a solid front bushing i have poly for the rear my car isn't done but im assuming this is an ok set up????

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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I have both solids and polys in the garage. I sent email to Calvert asking them which way I should go. My concern was the lateral force created on the front spring pocket/J-clips when cornering the car. And no, I'm not going to be putting the types of force on the suspension that Dave apparently does I think I've taken most of the twist out of the car by running Global West SFCs along with solid frame mounts, so at this point, I think I've reduced the amount of pressure put on the J-clips, so I'm pretty certain I'll go with the solids.

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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

I'm running solid bushings with my Caltracs. When drag racing I tighten the Caltracs by hand until they are hand tight then tighten them one 1/4 turn more. For street and autocross I loosen them completely.
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Re: Caltracs and solid bushings?

Ok...solids it is.

Thanks guys. Still haven't heard back from Calvert...

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