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September 19, 2016, 4:57pm Report to Moderator

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Hi all,i need to purchase a complete bush set,i see lots advertised but not sure of quality? please can you advise on best alround quality/price.Its for a 68 1200 herald.Regards Neil
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September 20, 2016, 2:20am Report to Moderator

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I would keep away from some of the Repro rubber Bushes, the quality isn't the same as the originals?

Stick with one of the well known manufacturers, Superflex or Polybush?

Had some of the Blue Polybushes off Canley's before and the ones off Chris Witor are good quality too.

I've heard bad stories about some of the E-Bay ones failing although never used these myself, remember cheapest isn't usually the best!
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My friend bought some of the orange eBay cheap bushes for his BMW - they're that bad that the bush failed and he lost the front wishbone off his car at 80mph in the Yorkshire dales. Full on brown trouser moment!

Personally, I like the Superflex ones as they are top hats so you pop them in either side of the wishbone, some of the other ones are complete bushes with shoulders that you have to squoosh through the wishbone eye to get them to fit. Not ideal.

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September 20, 2016, 10:17am Report to Moderator

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Here's a pic showing the different quality bushes you can get, the yellow one was loose in the housing and has a thin wall spacer tube. The black superflex one was a much tighter fit with a spacer wall section more than twice that of the yellow unbranded one.

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Recently removed some "yellow ones" in some trailing arms given to me ..they looked knackered! used supeflex (blue ones)  for over 10 years no issues in previous trailing arms ..go for the well known proven ones!
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September 21, 2016, 7:42am Report to Moderator

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I put some yellow ones in fo my front wishbones about 4 years ago...they certainly have a few crazes...

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October 20, 2016, 9:01am Report to Moderator

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HI To All,thanks to all advice.Ive now had quotation for full set of superflex bushes at 400 pounds [ouch] please seeking more advice from the learned members,is this still the best way forward at this price? no existing bushes have yet been checked do i just assume they are knackered? do i just change them because i should? are the alternatives really that inferior? [rubber/duraflex/ebay] it will be a big chunk out of the budget which i had not allowed for? all advice gratefully received.Neil
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October 20, 2016, 10:56am Report to Moderator

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I've just fitted a complete blue set from Polybush, very easy to fit and I've not heard of anyone having problems with them. I bought them direct from Polybush, theyre a reputable manufacturer with a reputation to protect, unlike some of the people knocking out bushes on eBay. I paid around £150-ish with the vat. Budget for a bolt kit too.

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Yes, also just fitted Polybush kit (Jigsaw) and bolt kit (ANG) About £200 all in.

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October 21, 2016, 9:13pm Report to Moderator

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HI To All,thanks to all advice.Ive now had quotation for full set of superflex bushes at 400 pounds [ouch] please seeking more advice from the learned members,is this still the best way forward at this price?

I have no issue with the quality of Superflex bushes, however I couldn't justify the 100%+ price differnece between these and Polybush. The latter are very good indeed, and I consider their prices reasonable.
Not to be confused with the ultra-cheap polyurethane bushes offered on ebay from unknown manufacturers, which should be avoided,


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To stop bolts seizing in bushes, is it recommended to put anything on the bolt that goes through ie: grease or copper grease..?

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October 27, 2016, 8:45am Report to Moderator

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I would always apply a generous coating of copper grease. It won't "stop" then seizing but it will slow it down a lot.

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Have just done my fronts, (Polybush full kit, though no shock bushes included and front/rear fastenings at around £140.00 +postage from Canleys) "with lashings of copper grease".

Just wondering, would it be easy to tap the bolts out every now and then and clean and re-lube, without dismantling the suspension. thought it might be tricky to line the bushes up again?.

Cheers, Dave
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Copper grease is a lot better than nothing, but for this sort of application I've found that the same sort of grease as used for wheelbearings and suchlike performs better over the longer term, giving a decent chance of getting them off the next time.
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