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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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what are the pros and cons of have bushings on one end of a link?

is there any reason on why i should or shouldnt use bushings on one end?

what im doing is building a budget weekend wheeler and a truck to drive to work on the weekdays.

id like to build a 3 link front end or radius arms using a 14'' 2.0 air shocks.

i dont see the truck having having a crazy amount of flex as it will be driven daily and lightly wheeled.

to keep the cost down i was thinking of using bushings on the axle side to kinda keep the joints out of the dirt and snow.

i want to keep the truck using the stock steering and not need to go to hydro steering.

what kind of flex movement can i see before binding on the joints and tearing them up?


for frame side mounts should i mount the joints on a verticle or horizontal? is there any reason to do them one way or another?

sorry for the rambling. just a little thinking here on how to keep it affordable.

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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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bushings are cheap, and reduce vibrations.

I run bushings on the frame side, and I get more flex than I could ask for, and a pretty smooth ride on the road.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #3
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thats what my thoughts were as well.
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i am doing the same thing.
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what do you plan to use for bushings rob? im thinking about just a regular leaf psring bushing from auto zone. that way they are always on the shelf and i can get them anytime when they wear out or what ever.
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When i build them for other people i use a vw style suspenion/motor/chassis mount. The are poly and hold up great. Seems like they are like 30 bucks from apple tree auto and i have not had one fail. Plus they are easy for me to get here in town.
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I just ran some energy suspension ones in mine and run them on the frame side. The help reduce road vibration greatly. Pleanty of flex, and trouble free.
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I run the bushings from ruff stuff specialties. Seem like good quality to me and they offer a 10% discount to GL4x4 members.
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http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...d=3%2E2106
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$38 for 6 of them last week IIRC.
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looks like bushings are it. need to order some up. thanks for the link
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the factory clevite xj bushings seem to be very popular in the builders world.
i bet moog offeres them also. the jeep stuff flexes fairly well.
the new super duty bushings from tenneco are supposed to be nearly indestructable.
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