Doing a little suspension work while the front clip is in pieces, and see that the PO had installed poly control arm bushings at some point. I was debating whether to reinstall the poly bushings, or purchase new rubber bushings.
I have never had poly bushings in a street car, and am interested to hear thoughts from those that have compared new rubber to poly bushings.
Any noticable difference in ride quality? My goal is to minimize vibrations, and smooth the ride best I can. I currently have a large front sway bar and KB shocks, which can make bumps & potholes plenty noticable.
Experience tells me to go with the rubber bushings for the qualities I am looking for, but would be interested to hear other opinions...
BTDT. The poly bushings are harsher than the rubber. They help stiffen up the suspension and car. They also last longer. I personally prefer the rubber bushings because I drive a lot. The only issue is that I seem to only get about 10 years out of a set of rubber upper A arm bushings. My '67 is getting due for its 3rd set since 1983. The exhaust heat kills them. The rubber body bushings, lower A arm bushings, and rear end bushings last for decades, though. Brand of choice? MOOG.
Any recommendations on a brand for the poly? I'm looking to replace mine as well.
I've had mine "forever" - having purchased them many years ago when I first started working on the car, so I don't remember what brand they are or even if the company is still around. My recommendation would be to go with a quality brand that has a good 'name' in the suspension business. Price concerns should be secondary. Savitske Classic & Custom, Spohn, Hotchkis, Ride Tech, etc... come to mind (I didn't check to see which ones actually carry the bushings)
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