I've recently changed all bushes on my seat leon , bought them from powerflex and there's a huge difference in handling and driving feeling so i'm thinking about replacing the volvo factory ones . Any of you tried replacing the stock ones with aftermarket ?
Havent ever heard of anyone making aftermarket poly bushings for our cars yet...that is not to say they dont exist or are exactly like another car's and would be a direct fit...just no one has taken the time to find out. Maybe the Police Version of our car over in Sweden might have some upgraded bushings. Perhaps a call to IPD is in order and I recommend talking to Lucky. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
performance bushing usually use a polyurethane mold as opposed to straight rubber which means two things. Less flex and longer life. <p>Rubber, as im sure you are aware of, begins to crack and deteriorate over time while polyurethane will last much much longer as it is a synthetic material sorta like nylon last longer than cotton. They are also much more rigid and dont flex nearly as much as rubber does so when you put them on your sway bars, radius arms, what have you then you are stiffening up the suspension so your car will hug the road better but of course your ride will become more bumpy as you can feel the road better...which in some cases is a bad thing (ahem...richmond roads). Hope that helps <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I put on poly bushing on my old off-roader for the same reason. You want those tires on the ground as much as possible!
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tayk47</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://www.partsforvolvosonline.com/default.php?cPath=28_23_654" TARGET="_blank">http://www.partsforvolvosonlin...3_654</A><p>they have 'em all right here</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Does anyone know whether these bushings from PowerFlex comprise the "complete" set? I see that there are MANY bushings for the V70R, but fewer for the V70. I also see that George's Vivaperformance is going to have the S40/V50 poly u bushings soon also.<p><br><A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=81_101&products_id=389" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vivaperformance.com...d=389</A><p><A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=78_84&products_id=470" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vivaperformance.com...d=470</A><p><A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=69_73&products_id=388" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vivaperformance.com...d=388</A><p><br>Installing bushings is beyond me (except the easy rear sway bar one from IPD). I'd want a shop to do it, and I'd like to go to the shop only once. So I would only want to do this if it was complete.<p><br>
Passat, and others,<p>I just talked to a pretty decent local shop that does alignment but also aftermarket stuff. They were pretty unenthusiastic about changing the bushings. They said the ride would be bumpier and there would be squeaking, with only a little benefit of handling benefit. They were talking mostly about "street" rather than track. For track, they implied that such a change might be more warranted.<p>So my question - can you say anything else about bumpiness, squeaking sounds, handling benefit? I suspect it's not a cheap upgrade in terms of labor. Removing the old bushings may be painful from what I've read.<p>I am mostly street. So far I have enjoyed every change I made. I might be willing to try bushings, but if it's silly, then there may be no point. In looking at Power Flex's website, there aren't very many bushings in question.<p><br>Aaron<br>
Bushings are good in high flex situations like Track or Off-Roading (no, were not talking like driving down a gravel road to grandma's house!) where twisting the suspension and chassis connections are going to happen alot. I would save my cash and do something else as your car WILL be more bumpy with poly bushings...but it will hug a turn like no other, hehe.<p>For the same amount of cash I bet you could do swaybar, strut brace, end links, and maybe a few other things that you will feel just as well and do more for your suspension than bushings would right now. Plus you can do all those yourself and not have to worry about labor costs <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
Yeah, I have done strut brace, sway bar (which came with poly U bushings), wheels, tires. I have not done endlinks.<p>I figured polyurethane bushings might be the next "thing" to tighten the suspension. Just not sure about the tradeoff among cost, crappy ride (or fun ride depending on one's disposition), handling benefit in mostly normal driving. As an example of my own sensitivities, the sway bar made a major difference in normal driving, but the strut brace made less of a difference.<p>Tarheelvolvo, Thanks for your input.<p>Aaron<br>