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Old July 9th, 2014, 04:41 AM
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Why are top bushings being shredded on shock tower

New to the land rover scene. I have a 1996 defender 110. Trying to figure out why the top bushings on shock tower are being shredded after 3-4 weeks of being replaced?
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Old July 9th, 2014, 06:04 AM
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Could be the dished washers are on the wrong way
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Could be bad bushings.
I installed some Old Man Emu shocks a few years ago(new, old stock) and within 2 weeks the bushings literally fell apart.


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What brand bushings?
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What brand bushings?
This. Go Poly or actual Genuine.
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Guessing dish is inverted and it's over torqued, or bad bushings. Also, any fluid leaking on them?
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Thanks for reply, they were on correctly.

------ Follow up post added July 10th, 2014 05:29 PM ------

They are OEM, name is britbuilt I believe. One thing we found is that the hole in the top of tower has been egged out a little, so we re-did them and seems to be ok now, but time will tell. How can you tell if over torqued??? Thanks for the responses, i'm new to the landrover world, but learning very quickly. These vehicles are a little different than what i'm used to.
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BritPart is generally regarded as inferior aftermarket, not OEM by any means (China). You should think about Bilsteins or similar quality shocks at some point. In the meantime, I'd pop for polyurethane bushings. You tighten them until the top washer bottoms out on the shoulder of the top pin threads.
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Hopefully not britpart.... that could be your issue.
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Thanks for the info on brands. Wow, britparts are more than inferior. Am now finding place to get original. Thanks again
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You should think about Bilsteins or similar quality shocks at some point.
Bilsteins are significantly better than OME?
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Bilsteins are significantly better than OME?
Bilsteins are significantly better than BritPart
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Bilsteins are significantly better than BritPart
Ah, yes. He said he has Old Man Emu shocks and you mentioned Bilsteins as an upgrade, so I was just asking for clarification (before I order OME).
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Ah, yes. He said he has Old Man Emu shocks and you mentioned Bilsteins as an upgrade, so I was just asking for clarification (before I order OME).
I read it that he had "OEM" ones...Britpart.
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Could be bad bushings.
I installed some Old Man Emu shocks a few years ago(new, old stock) and within 2 weeks the bushings literally fell apart.


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I read it that he had "OEM" ones...Britpart.
This is what I meant.
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