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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 10, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Which Sub Frame Bushings?

I've read previous posts and am more confussed than ever??? At the moment I need new sub frame and leaf spring bushing on my 67 camaro, the car will only be street driven. Budget is crutial as we have our first child on the way . From reading previous posts each have type has there pro's and con's as everyone has their own opinions. Along with your suggestions if possible please include where the best place to buy is? Over the next few years I plan on rebuilding/replacing all bushings throughout the car. Thanks again for all your help, my car is finally seeing some progress and hope to have her on the road late this fall.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 10, 03:48 PM
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Re: Which Sub Frame Bushings?

I'd suggest rubber. They act as a good isolator for road noise and vibration that get's transmitted from the sub frame to the chassis. I got mine from PST in a kit that included ball joints, tie rod ends, etc.

When I installed my Hotchkis SFC's I had to pull the rear most rubber bushing and replace with their poly ones.

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Re: Which Sub Frame Bushings?

I used Speed Tech solid aluminum bushings along with my Hotchkis suspension overhaul which included sfc.

The rationale given to me to use solid body bushings was to make the body stiff and let the shocks and springs do the work.

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Re: Which Sub Frame Bushings?

I second the use of solid aluminum bushings...

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Re: Which Sub Frame Bushings?

Somebody will probably scold me for admitting this, but I have an "experiment" going right now with $2 hockey pucks on the rear mounts and let me tell you they are way better than the standard rubber bushings I was using.
It's a pretty dramatic difference.

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Re: Which Sub Frame Bushings?

I will use solids under the front sub and PST graphite impregnated bushings at the rear.
For just regular old street use and for someone on a budget the stock rubber ones will do just fine.
You won't have to worry about sqeaks either.
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Re: Which Sub Frame Bushings?

I was wondering if someone would ever try hockey pucks.
I guess if they can handle being smashed into oblivion with a fiberglass stick and subjected to those ice cold temps, they'll work just fine for bushings.

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I was wondering if someone would ever try that.
I guess if they can handle being smashed into oblivion with a fiberglass stick and subjected to those ice cold temps, they'll work just fine for bushings.
There's lots of opinions on the internet about it. I had to try it. Some people say they are prone to cracking in cold weather or may not stand up to the oil/grime/whatever on the roads but judging by repro rubber mounts I bought a couple years ago, I don't see how they could be much worse.
They are made of vulcanized rubber and you can drill through them with a hole saw. They are rubber, but still much, much firmer than the factory style bushings. I'm not advocating this, as I said my car is an "experiment". I may report back if they fail or make a couple years with no trouble.

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I used Speed Tech solid aluminum bushings along with my Hotchkis suspension overhaul which included sfc.

The rationale given to me to use solid body bushings was to make the body stiff and let the shocks and springs do the work.
My car never handled as good as with aluminum and there is No downside of ride quality.

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I second the use of solid aluminum bushings...
I 3rd the use of aluminum in all positions with subframe connectors.
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I second the use of solid aluminum bushings...
x3.......I used DSE's body mounts, but Global West, Speed-Tech etc would be just as good.

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