Originally Posted by AlfaBetaBlocker
I'm considering replacing my '94 Cloverleaf's front and rear suspension bushes with some Powerflex polyurethane ones but I have two questions:
1. Is it worth doing - i.e. does it enhance the car's handling or just cause extra NVH for not much benefit?
2. Powerflex's website specifies that it only does bushes for pre-facelift 164s. I'm not certain but I thought the suspension arms and wishbones were the same pre, or post, facelift. Can anyone confirm or deny this please?
I would say nah!
It really makes the car ride rough. I see no real benefits to them. I have tried them. I removed them several years later as I had it.
They wear out much faster than rubber, due to the fact they need to be greased. When the dry out they wear and get deformed.
Rubber lasts longer if no oils on them, and provide just as good performance with the comfort.
Powerflex bushings fit all years. Control arms the same for 1987-1997.
My personal position would to not waste your time with it. Spend the time and money on other parts of the suspension, KONI's, springs, sway bars(if you can find them), wheels and tires.
That will give a better handling car over the bushings.
I have used them, hated them. Lots of my customers and BBer's don't like them either on this car. Hope that helps?
Replacement of bushings with new rubber will revamp the vehicles steering and wheels and good tires will do that as well.