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Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

As some of you know from my previous posts I am in the process on gather up parts to redo the suspension on my 97 SH. I want to replace all Bushings, though so far all the aftermarket kits I have found seem to be Urethane, and the stock bushings are Rubber. I have read that no matter how much grease you use the Urethane bushings are going to squeek, and have a rough ride, although the steering is tighter. I just want to get my car back in New driving condition. Are there any aftermarket Rubber Bushings Kits, or are Stock OEM the only option?
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Re: Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

If you're dead set on going with rubber, I know Moog makes some ball joints and a few bushings, but you may have to go through Honda if you want the rest of them. A warning though, some of them are most likely unavailable even through Honda, so you might have to end up using urethane bushings in some spots.
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Re: Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

The parts guy at your local dealership should be able to help sort out what's available, even ones other cars used like accords and acura cars.

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And buy at least 6 crush rings for a drip free post oil change. Lord knows these cars leave enough petro-dots. But for about 75 each your oil pan plug won't be one of the reasons.
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Re: Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

Urathane is just a more solid product. If not for cost, most car makers would make the switch. If you do factory oil changes, they lubricate joints so, no difference in rubber to poly-u
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Re: Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

I recently replaced my strut bushings…had pretty bad shock knock. Meant taking the suspension apart. Put the stock Honda rubber bushings in. Poly bushings had been in for years. They were hard as rocks. Do not think they were that hard to start, but not sure. Think they came with my Mugen/Showa springs/shocks.
Got rid of the wretched shock knock. Also made the ride MUCH smoother, a little edge was gone, but much prefer what I have now. Will do sway bars, if I want to stiffen things up.
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Re: Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

Thanks Flip!
Exactly what I needed to know.
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Re: Urethane vs Rubber Bushings

I have urethane strut bushings and control arm bushings and love them.

Here's my set up:

Koni yellows.

All ball joints replaced except for the upper rears that seem to never wear out (the front and rear lowers are the same and can be had through NAPA or Orielly's.

Rubber upper front control arm bushings (the only rubbers left in the car) because the control arm from Honda with new bushings and ball joints is plenty affordable.

So it's urethane upper and lower strut mounts, front lower control arm mounts, rear trailing arm mounts, and upper and lower strut mounts in the rear with upper urethane control arm bushings.

Suspension Techniques solid front and rear sway bars. with urethane mounts.

Lowered 3/4" front and 1/2" in the rear using the optional snap ring location on the Koni's.




Damn I love this car! Too bad the engine is wore out.

Oh yea, I used the urethane spring isolators also.
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