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Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

I've decided not to go down the power increase route with my 2.4 20V & would like to improve handling/ responsiveness/ ride & braking instead.

One of the things I'm considering is having powerflex bushes fitted, has anyone done this & what is the effect?
Is the ride harsher or noisier or is it more responsive and sure-footed or both?

I'd also like to fit FSD's with my std Veloce springs & improve the brakes as economically as possible as I need some new front discs (some corrosion as is common). Anyone recommend some good front discs preferably with a more robust finish than standard? I was thinking Ferodo DS Performance pads to go with them

Anything else I should consider without spending silly money?
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

tomorrow if time permits I will reply to you about the powerflex, super-pro, FSD's, Eibach-pro-kit as I have all of these on my JTD....also with the Q2...to bad you can't fit it to your bella.

About anything else....220bhp....doesn't sound good for you :-)
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

Not had any experience with poly bushes on the 156/147 platform but I did Powerflex the whole rear end of my GTV.

It did improve the handling slightly on smooth roads but the trade off was an even more jittery ride quality. In hindsight I wouldn't do it again unless it was to be a track day car.
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

Hmm, I wonder if FSD shocks make up for the extra jitterness of poly bushes. Who has poly bushes on their 156's?
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

i have poly bushes that came as part of the eibach anti roll bar kit, and will be fitting powerflex bushes to the rear hub at some point soon. apart from that, no.
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

I have powerflex bushes on all arms in the rear and on the upper wishbone in the front, I also have Novitec coilovers (kw v2).
And I have 18 inch OZ ultraleggera with that.

Yes the ride in kind of stiff, its absolutly a drivers car. And the handling in fast corners is mindblowing.

If you only go for powerflex in the rear and softer shocks plus 17 inch wheels, I think thats a god middlepath.
Yes it is noisier but powerflex bushes in the rear improves handling a great deal.

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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

I was wondering if the FSDs which arent ment to be too harsh would compensate for the extra noise, or am I just better off replacing the wishbones with OEM parts with original bushes.
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

I installed the powerflex in the back prior to the coilovers, back then I used standard shocks, and I did not find the noise to be a problem.

But softer dampers will not reduse the noise generated from the busches, as that noise is transfered through the stiffer polyuretane.
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I was wondering if the FSDs which arent ment to be too harsh would compensate for the extra noise, or am I just better off replacing the wishbones with OEM parts with original bushes.
Replacing the wishbones you need to do anyway, as its no good putting back old ones. I purchased new wishbones from EB-spares and replaced the rubber in them for new powerflex - nice and shiny.
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

When changing wishbones, my choice is either original bushes or powerflex, i reckon powerflex especially for the top as they seem to wear quicker. I'll see about the bottom wishbones, undecided.

As for the rear, i'd prob just powerflex the lot.
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i've not yet seen a worn upper wishbone bush. worn ball-joint i've seen plenty of.

saying that i've fitted new uppers to my during the summe r& am hoping to get powerflex for them to fit over the xmas holidays
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i have seen PLENTY of worn LOWER wishbone bushes & balljoints too.

Complete PITA to replace lower bushes
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

How difficult is it to replace the lower wishbones with powerflex bushes and also the rears?! Is it a DIY job or do you need a big press?

I've got powerflex rear hub bushes and powerflex upper wishbone bushes at home, which are DIY. Just wondered about the others.

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How difficult is it to replace the lower wishbones with powerflex bushes and also the rears?! Is it a DIY job or do you need a big press?

I've got powerflex rear hub bushes and powerflex upper wishbone bushes at home, which are DIY. Just wondered about the others.

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Powerflex for the transverse arms are DIY'able.

Powerflex for lower wishbones required a 'hydraulic-press'
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I just won on ebay a complete set of Powerflex bushes for the Upper wishbones of a 156 ... £16.75 ...steal
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Nicely done man. What about freezing the bushs?? I know the lads with hondas do it they freeze them and they go into their lower wishbones.
 
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good suggestion
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How difficult is it to replace the lower wishbones with powerflex bushes and also the rears?! Is it a DIY job or do you need a big press?

I've got powerflex rear hub bushes and powerflex upper wishbone bushes at home, which are DIY. Just wondered about the others.

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You can use a hammer with something to soften the hit....you have to be very careful. To get the old ones out...you have to use...fire gun or whatever you call that. for front lower.

Rears....similar to upper fronts....

But for sure you will be a lot better off with a press
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i did it for the rear hub bushes, worked nicely
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Ya?? You know that before I said it or what?
 
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yep, 2 years ago when i did the rear bushes
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Re: Powerflex Bushes for the 156, any good?

I reckon I might stick with original bushes and just replace all 4 wishbones with originals from ebspares. Bit of a saving compared to powerflexing them, should surely last 50 or 60k miles yes??

I am going powerflexing the back though, a new project for myself whenever they arrive.
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