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Old July 31st, 2011, 05:37 PM
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Poly Bushings? Use or Not?

I am about ready to replace alot of the bushings thru out the truck. What is the consensus on using Poly? Do they hold up to some pretty hard wheeling? Should I go with The Blue, Orange or the Red? Or should I just stay with OEM
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Old July 31st, 2011, 05:43 PM
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After losing a rear rubber OEM rear trailing arm to chassis bushing last weekend, I won't use 'em again, at least in that spot. It was down right scary trying to limp home 100 miles without it. The rubber is so soft that it simply squished out at extreme articulation. I'm going poly.
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After losing a rear rubber OEM rear trailing arm to chassis bushing last weekend, I won't use 'em again, at least in that spot. It was down right scary trying to limp home 100 miles without it. The rubber is so soft that it simply squished out at extreme articulation. I'm going poly.
How old were they Jonathon? alot of what i have been reading is that the Poly will not hold up to our type of wheeling.
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How old were they Jonathon? alot of what i have been reading is that the Poly will not hold up to our type of wheeling.
True. They were about a year old. I'm going to try some red poly ones from Justin and carry a spare just in case.
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True. They were about a year old. I'm going to try some red poly ones from Justin and carry a spare just in case.
Yep I just keep adding to the Rover Survial Kit. LOL Patrick from Canada trip said when he changed trucks he took out over 1000 lbs of gear parts and tools so he would not be stranded some where. Then he got to thinking if he didn't carry so much shit he wouldn't break down as often. Hehe Murphy's Law you know.
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Yep I just keep adding to the Rover Survial Kit. LOL Patrick from Canada trip said when he changed trucks he took out over 1000 lbs of gear parts and tools so he would not be stranded some where. Then he got to thinking if he didn't carry so much shit he wouldn't break down as often. Hehe Murphy's Law you know.
Installed a set of original Polybush brand on my 95 DI back in 2004 and they are still in 1 piece. Not all poly bushes are made the same. Also have a set on my 96 DI and haven't had any issues. I use the orange ones.

I just did a 4k mile trip to Canada with my Rangie and I weighed all my gear: 940 lbs (that does not include the 3 passengers and food). Fortunately I didn't have to sue any spares.....
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Never needed to do bushings on my own D90, but after seeing how well the poly held up in the C bushings on my '67 Bronco, I was sold from that day on.

A bit harsher ride, and more prone to squeaking though I did notice when I did the whole front end on my Bronco.

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Ok Should I go with the RED Firmest, Orange Standard or Blue Soft? Also where is the best place to buy these? Can't seem to find the whole kit in Orange.
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Dana different companies use different colors. I had the red from Polybush Uk in my 110 and liked how it reduced the vague steering with 4 inches of lift. I left the radius arm to frame and trailing arm to frame bushings rubber to keep from getting beat to death.

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Ok Should I go with the RED Firmest, Orange Standard or Blue Soft? Also where is the best place to buy these? Can't seem to find the whole kit in Orange.
Yep, it'pretty hard to find the orange kits. We used to sell them but we don't have any complete kits.

I think I posted some D110 narrow front bushings in the for sale section.
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I really wanted polys to work for me.... That said I will never put them on a coil sprung truck again. They worked great at first, but after miles of washboard they would slowly disintegrate towards death wobble (on the panhard bushings the most).
IMHO OE rubber is the best for these trucks.

For the rear trailing arms I think the best solution is different trailing arms to get rid of the bind from a lift.
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I really wanted polys to work for me.... That said I will never put them on a coil sprung truck again. They worked great at first, but after miles of washboard they would slowly disintegrate towards death wobble (on the panhard bushings the most).
IMHO OE rubber is the best for these trucks.

For the rear trailing arms I think the best solution is different trailing arms to get rid of the bind from a lift.
What brand did you use? Just curious.
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No polybush on my 110. Got the original rubber. They lasted 28 years and I change them with the original. I think the polybush are too hard. Might get a better handling but at what cost? After all it ain't no racer truck? In my opinion the rubber bush takes the vibration that polybush won't. So a softer ride (as soft as a defender can be). If you're after road performance, buy another vehicle.
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Its one of those he said she said deals, I know the polys that have been on the 90 have always done there job. RoversNorth has had a ongoing debate over the need/want for keeping them in stock on their forum. Note, polys on the 90 are Red.
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What brand did you use? Just curious.
Polybush. I tried the old school orange and newer blue. I wish they made them similar to genuine with a metal sleeve that had to be pressed in. It seems there is no debate that the poly material is superior, I think they just end up getting loose.
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I used blue poly bushings on everything except the panhard bar where I used the red... Still look new after 11k miles.
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Nobody uses yellow old man emu bushings? I've yet to install a set I bought on my 94 ST but I'm waiting til I get time to install new front and rear trailing arms
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I used blue poly bushings on everything except the panhard bar where I used the red... Still look new after 11k miles.
Do you wheel it a good bit or not?
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Do you wheel it a good bit or not?
YEah... It flexes great and they still look new.

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Nobody uses yellow old man emu bushings? I've yet to install a set I bought on my 94 ST but I'm waiting til I get time to install new front and rear trailing arms
Neil, I actually used a set of these on my fathers SW.. They are holding up great after more than 10k...
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