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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:17 PM
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Body bushings - poly or factor rubber??

I was thinking about replacing my body/suspension bushings and I had assumed I would just go with polyurethane, but then I spoke to someone who was dead against them as they 'squeak' alot after a little bit of time, and he feels that the factory LR bushings are good enough.

What say you? Anyone out there with squeaky poly bushings??
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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:35 PM
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I had iron man poly's for about 30k(the complete kit)on my stock 90(wife's car) with hardly any off road use.The 90 started to feel lose, I thought it needed a shims adjustment.The shop checked the 90 and stated the problem was the bushing in the radius arms. I went to the dealer to check for myself,the bushings had disintergrated on the inside.All the bushing were replaced back to OEM rubber and the 90 rides tight and smooth, more like a passenger car.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:16 PM
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I agree with Jorge. The rubber takes up any slack while the poly doesn't. After one try with poly I've gone back to rubber for the S3 and the D90.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:55 PM
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There was a discussion about this not too long ago, the general consensus was that OEM was the way to go.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=2252
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Old January 18th, 2005, 03:10 PM
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Thanks guys! I'll go with the OEM after reading these threads.
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Old January 20th, 2005, 01:13 PM
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I'm just about to rebush wiyh OEM rubber.
Once saw a trailing arm shear at the chassis end 'cause the poly bush didn't have enough give
Also the poly bush material will wear away the steel where it rubs, rubber won't
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Old January 24th, 2005, 10:12 PM
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Mind you, the bushes on the front axle are absolutely shredded
I take 2 lanes just to drive straight. Wandering is just too small a word for it at the moment
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I think I got my moneys worth out of these suspension bushes!
It was to say the least rather difficult to keep the Land Rover on track - it wandered all over the place on the road.
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It was bril offroad. 28" of corner to corner movement. ie 1 wheel 28"in the air with the other 3 on the ground.
Clay with flints is the ground type where I do most of my offroading and the flint tears tyres and stuff to shreds.
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I am just finishing up replacing the bushings on my truck today. Go OEM. Have access to a 20 ton press. I burned the rubber out and cut the outside sleeve with a sawzall then had to chisel out the sleeve on my front bushings. I got smart and used my dad's press for the rear bushings. Next job are the front bearings.
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12 ton fly press shifted the bushes in the photo no trouble. i'd put copper grease on them when they went in and they just glided out and the new ones just slipped in with more copper grease. Need to make sure they go in square though!
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Anyone use the OME caster corrected bushes!? Are they a pain?
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Isuppose you'd have to get the orientation correct
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I havent read many good things about the OME castor correcting bushings FWIW
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