Anybody Using Energy Or Poly Front Control Arm Bushings?

Mattstang04

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Just curious if anybody switched out the old rubber bushings in the stock front control arms for the stiffer polyurethane type. Did it change the feeling of the front end or improve the handling? More harsh or more comfortable? Were they noisy/squeaky?

I'm just pondering small future projects.
 
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reldla1996

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Definitely sharpened the handling, significantly. The ride is a little harsher, but I think some of it is subjective - the bushings transmit more noise when you hit the cracks in the road, which makes you think it's harsher. No squeaks. I've got them in both my 89 and my 04, because I like the handling improvement they give.
 

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I was actually going to upgrade the bushings on my car as well, 96 gt vert. Is the install pretty straight forward or should I pay someone to avoid headaches?
 

reldla1996

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To replace the front control arms requires removing the front springs. I'd say it's straightforward, but it does require you do things in the correct order and safely. Removing car springs can be dangerous if not done correctly.
 

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You may also need a machine shop to help you press the old bushings out and press the new ones in. Just depends on the type of bushings you purchased and your abilities/tools.

I put poly bushings in my 88, and yes, the handling was sharper, but at the expense of more harshness. Coil overs would give you improved handling and less harshness for the same wheel rate.
 

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I've also been thinking bout replacing mine need to do front ball joints so while everything is out i'll do them as well.
 
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