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Old 02-07-2008, 11:33 PM   #1
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http://www.energysuspensionparts.com....asp?cat=10244

And they've got diff bushings too! Always finding more places to spend your hard earned cash.
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damn...230 for a full set including diff mounts.

Damn. I may just have to do that.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure we can think BIll Wilner for that. I think he was working with them on making a more affordable set.
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$165 for front and rear control arms...i know what im buying next. hmmm maybe ill ditch the soild diff mounts for these...decisions decisions.
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what about us pussies that would like to have maintenance/squeak-free bushings? Does anyone make a relatively cheap set of OEM-style replacement bushings? Kinda like the mazda comp ones but not about $1000 for everything.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:15 AM   #6
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Aren't the black ones with that graphite composite **** supposed to be a lot easier to deal with?
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damn that IS a good price! *save*
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Aren't they all the same? They are all made by Energysuspension.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:21 AM   #9
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I picked up some universal sway bar bushings and mounts from autozone for my giant front sway bar and they had zerk fittings on the mounts and an actual lube channel cut into the bushing. You'd think they would apply the same engineering to all the suspension bushings.

The real advantage of these is that they're "free floating" - they work like a bearing (like a delrin set w/o the hardness). If you go with the OE style rubber bushing it will be vulcanized to the center sleeve and you will be back to the built in "bind" inherit with that design. That said, it's mandatory to maintain a reasonable alignment under load changes and of course keep that smooth ride with minimized surface vibration transferred to the subframe.

At this price, I think the poly is the way to go. I'd drill the control arm and bushing for a zerk fitting and again for a set screw (same as a delrin to prevent rotation.) You could also cut a longitudinal channel for the lube hole to get some grease on the interior of the bushing.
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http://www.energysuspensionparts.com....asp?cat=11400

Strange they aren't showing the diff bushings for the 99.. i thought all the diff bushings were the same in the NA and NB ..
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... they had zerk fittings on the mounts and an actual lube channel cut into the bushing. You'd think they would apply the same engineering to all the suspension bushings.
Drill hole. Tap hole. Insert Zerk. Grind as necessary.
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That is awesome! I knew I was holding out on doing bushings for a reason.

Kudos to whomever made this happen.
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That is awesome! I knew I was holding out on doing bushings for a reason.

Kudos to whomever made this happen.

exactly. I was highly considering doing the Super Pro kit when i swap my suspension over to the new car, but decided i could spend the money on other parts and scratched it off the list. but i may go through with this kit for the price.
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damn subscribe bitches... group buy
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boo. nothing for NB
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boo. nothing for NB
I dont buy it. many of the bushings are the same. Sounds like whoever is selling them needs to do a little research on what bushings cross over to the NB.
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these bushings are cheap, but you don't get FM's "support" where they hammer their **** in your ***.
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these bushings are cheap, but you don't get FM's "support" where they hammer their **** in your ***.
Are these the same bushings that FM sells? I've been on the fence a long time about doing the bushings, this price could seal the deal.
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no, FM sells Super Pro. like i've been talking about.
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I called Energy to try to set up an account. Initial impressions:
-They are hard as **** to deal with. I won't get into it, but the customer experience didn't leave me with the warm, fuzzy feeling.
-Dealer Buy In is $10k minimum.
-They specifically recommended NOT buying from the website that Rob linked. Said there were LOTS of problems with them.
-Everything is made to order. They do not warehouse anything.
-You can get the kit with graphite (black) or red at the same cost

I'm going to try to set up an account/groupbuy. No promises at this time though.
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