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PostSubject: Urethane or Rubber Bushings?   Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:29 am

Picking up pieces for the front and rear suspension on May.

Anyone have any opinions or thoughts on rubber vs. urethane?

So what I have gathered is:

Uerthane bushings need to be trimmed to fit, give a stiffer ride, and can squeek if not fit and lubed correctly.

Rubber provides a softer ride but the suspension is not as responsive.

I could go either way. I am definately going with Urethane stops (snubbers) because they are red and they are the only ones you can actually see. So therefore the red is desirable.

I am painting my valve covers red to match my heater boxes as we speak. (my wife is thrilled to have more car parts in her oven).

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PostSubject: Re: Urethane or Rubber Bushings?   Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:33 am

The urethane is stronger and will last longer also...
It wont break down as quickly as rubber bushings do.
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PostSubject: Re: Urethane or Rubber Bushings?   Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:19 pm

I've got all urethane in my '70. It does make it more responsive, but it makes it awfully stiff for a daily driver. So I guess if you want performance, go urethane, but if you want comfort, go with rubber. Word of caution: stay away from the urethane steering coupler! I had one disintegrate in less than a year and my daughter lost the steering on the freeway! Use the original rubber coupler with the embedded webbing. They're much safer.
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PostSubject: look ahead   Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:20 pm

2 questions
1)what will last longer
2) Will it make my car handle better


Why the oven? Wont it swell. When we put urethane bushings on our Honda's we just use a grease. It is all about the grease. When I did my 914 I used anti seize (the stuff you put on your spark plugs threads). I think I would read the instructions.
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PostSubject: Re: Urethane or Rubber Bushings?   Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:35 pm

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PostSubject: cookies   Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:43 pm

I thought you were going to put the bushings in the oven.
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PostSubject: Re: Urethane or Rubber Bushings?   Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:00 pm

NO, I am not going to put the bushings in the oven. I am a noob, but not that much of one. Laughing

I am painting my original valve covers since 'someone' pointed out my fancy ones are hitting up against my frame, and probably causing a leak.

Anyways, I like using the baked on, heat treated paint. RED! I like red.

So you guys pretty much confirmed what I had researched about the urethane. I just don't know which way to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Urethane or Rubber Bushings?   Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:15 pm

As they said urethane is a better way to go. It may cost you more now but you will get longer service out of it.

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