With quality comes price. If it turns out these are more robust and last longer than the oem plastic bushes then any additional initial outlay would be recovered later on by not replacing as frequently.
Not a criticism but the above statement only holds water if they do prove to be of longer life than oem.
I'd happily try them as it's a very easy job to fit them.
Sharpshooter, I think it's a good idea and I understand the concept of you wanting to help others without profitering
after all isn't that what these very forums are about?
Thanks Chillhound. On initial fitting, they feel alot better than OEM. The movement is very smooth. Only time will tell.
Sounds like a good idea to me. The only reservations I'd have are lubrication & possible noise/vibration. To get round the lubrication problem I'd use a sintered bronze material (e.g. Oilite) which is porous & can therefore be soaked in oil before use.
I had concidered a different material, and infact this would have been my first choice. But again, i have made them from what i had to hand. The small bonus of the area between the two bushes being a void, has enabled me to part fill this with coppergrease for now. My next choice would be Lithium grease. And if they prove to be ok, i may concider fitting a grease nipple in there too.
Ive been driving round town, and on the motorway, and have experienced no vibration. Im really not exagerating that overall at the moment its 100% improvement. In the 2 years i have owned my 2001 1.6 Lusso i have had to clean the bushes and relube them 3 times. I owned Land Rovers for 10 years before this, and thats poor by their standards.
Ill happily send them out to several members to try for free, and if you see an improvement then make a donation to my materials fund. With alot of these ideas, its the cost of materials that puts me off making them. I have two fully stocked machine shops at my disposal, and my only limitaation is my machineing experience. Still, Im happy with them so far, and by the end of the week, should have a few sets made up.