Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Malta, the sunniest Member State to be!!
Bushes are really weird parts in a car. They don't really have a life span, since their longevity entirely depends on the way a car is used. The bushes on a car that is garaged most of the time and rarely used will wear out faster then the bushes on a car used regularly - at leat on good roads. My Spi has only just done 30k's. However since its previous owner used it as a Sunday car and thus covered 20k's in 4 years, the bushes had stiffened up with lack of use. In a year since I've had the car I've done over 10k's on cr&p Maltese roads, and now the bushes are as sh&gged as a breeding *****!!
The way to go is Powerflex (powerflex.co.uk) who manufacture polyurethane bushes. Polyurethane, as opposed to rubber, does not stiffen up with lack of use, and is stiffer (but not as rigid as nylon, another material used for bushes, mainly in racing), thus improving the car's handling (less of the rolling sensation in corners). Email ebspares or Tanc Barrett (cheapest quote I got) for prices etc.