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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 18, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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A-Arm bushings- Steel or Poly?

Hey all. First post in a very long time (I'll get back to that at an appropriate time). I'm trying to figure out what would be the best choice of A-arm bushings for a 69 Camaro. I know that Delrin is the best, but I already have a set of polyurethane and Speedway Motors steel bushings (with zerk fitting for grease) and am asking if anyone has installed the steel bushings and if so, how they like them for street driving. I understand that poly has its issues with binding and squeaking due to lack of lube getting where it needs to stay. I'm on a tight budget (college loan payment and family come first) and am trying to use what's on hand.

Also, If anyone has added Zerk fittings to their A-arms (for poly bushings) and could either point me to the correct thread or show pics of what worked for them, that would be great.

I searched this forum for steel a-arm bushings but couldn't find anything. Not sure if my search functions are set properly.

Thanks in advance,
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Re: A-Arm bushings- Steel or Poly?

I used steel bushings on my 64 GTO. They rotated freely and the ride was excellent. No harshness.

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Re: A-Arm bushings- Steel or Poly?

Thanks Don. Looks like steel it is! Appreciate the info.
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Re: A-Arm bushings- Steel or Poly?

Steel bushings and Delrin will feel identical in ride harshness, for all practical purposes. Both pivot freely and let your suspension do its intended job. I like the firm feel of my Delrin bushings and stiffer springs in my '69.
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Re: A-Arm bushings- Steel or Poly?

I had Guldstrand steel upper bushings in my 67 Camaro. Not bad driving with them but keep them greased, they will start to clunk when they wear.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 18, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Re: A-Arm bushings- Steel or Poly?

Thanks Keith and David. I appreciate the knowledge.

I hate to admit it (but I'm also old enough to be realistic) but this suspension project is over 20 years old. Yep. That's right. Over 20 years that I've been planning this rebuild. I remember having to write/call Dick Gulstrand when I was a kid for his template and I bought some Bilstein shocks, big block springs, and a sway bar from him. Good lord it was something back then (pre internet) to get all your information from magazines and old guys who knew their stuff.

I'd like to also thank moderator Martin for re-activating my account after a long hiatus. Please do not go back and read my early posts. They're full of optimism and naivety. I will also resist the urge to look up the post of what someone found (or didn't ever find) digging a hole in their back yard. I'd like to live the rest of my life not knowing what is or isn't.

I've also discovered parts that I forgot I bought when I was a kid and parts that I must have sold when I was much younger that I no longer have. If anyone has leaf springs and/or coil springs for a 69 small block they'd like sell, I'm in the Bay Area (California) and travel to the Central Valley often and can pick them up anywhere in between. I'm not looking for anything special. I'd really like to get my car back to roller status so I can feel some momentum build.

Thanks everyone for everything. I'll post pics as soon as I make some progress.
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