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ARB bushes Worth sorting?

HI all, lots of threads on here about ARB bushes in terms of how to diagnose & how to do threads but; does it actually make much difference to how the car drives and feels?

Obviously the annoying clunk under my feet will be cured but at around 200 at the local specialist is it worth doing as I was unsure as to whether it was an MOT requirement?

I should add that mine is pretty shot with about 10mm of play side to side. Would be great to hear from others if you thought is was worth the wonga or not as I've wussed out on the DIY option after doing top arms and drop-links.

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Mine never failed the MOT with banging bushes but is was REALLY getting on my nerves The car didn't 'feel' any tighter regarding handling afterwards so not much change for me apart from the noise. Its not a simple (or cheap) job so its your choice if you get it done.

However, do NOT just change the bushes. The bars 'spread' as they age and wear where the bushes rub (well mine did anyway) so new bushes would not last for long. The whole bar is not much more than 100 so if you are getting the job done I would bank on replacing the whole thing.

Its a tough DIY job as (on the 156 at least) the whole suspension subframe needs lowering to get the bar out.

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The only way you can make it feel tighter is to increase the thickness of the a/r bar itself. But you need to match front and rear or you can upset the handling. The thicker the bar, the less flexing and so the car tends to roll less.
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I do have to say that the strongflex bushes that I put on mine made it feel infinitely better and didn't creak or clunk. Just curing the creaking and clunking was worth the aggro of fitting them!
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Was gonna say, knackered bushes would allow bar to skew out or position so fixing with stiffer powerflex would help arb work better if it's enough to go to trouble it's another question and maybe if you plan to keep car for a while better Arb's front and rear would be nice

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