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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 02, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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I just spoke to Energy Suspension about their black poly bushing set (67-69 Camaro). After a while, they finally admitted that they must be 'lubricated periodically', even though they are impregnated with graphite.

I realize that some people have installed their bushings not too long ago, and they haven't squeeked yet. What about long term issues? How much lubricant did you use when installing the bushings? If yours squeeks, did you use a 'nominal' amount of lube (as perscribed by instructions)?

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I don't see any down side to using as much lube as will fit in there. Maybe some might squeeze out, but so what?
If I were doing them on my car, I would drill and tap them for a grease fitting "just in case". Pollyurethane is a somewhat sticky material. I don't know if the graphite really helps enough or not, it sure doesn't hurt.
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I cna tell you that the PST polygraphite bushing squeak badly, even tho they are graphite-impregnated! I will be drilling mine and inserting the grease zerks one of these days as David suggested. Yes, I used the 'nominal' amount of lube they provided. When I re-did the rear in my nova, I took the red Energy Susp. bushings out that were squeaking a little and just used a whole lot of moly wheel bearing grease on them when i re-assembled them. Just wipe up the excess that squishes out, but not a squeak yet!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 02, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your input guys. I was wondering, do you have any noise from the control arm bushing? Can you drill and tap these bushings for a zerk fitting? I first thought that anti-sway bar bushings were the main cause for noise, therefor installing a zerk fitting, but I can't see how you can do that for a control arm bushing. These are the bushings that I'm most worried about anyway.

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I got so sick of the greasing and squeaking that I pulled EVERYTHING poly out and replaced it with factory. I can't tell the difference in the ride except it doesn't squeak. If you say its poly and for a Camaro on ebay, you'll sell them for a profit!

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I was talking about the control arm bushings, I just haven't look at it real close to figure it out. The sawy bar bushings already have the grease zerks in them.

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