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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Would these be of any use?

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    $25 for 4 rod ends means those rod ends are basically garbage. I don't mean that as a jab at you, Shredder - a lot of people don't realize how expensive good rod ends are. Even $25 for a single rod end is a pretty low end product. Those endlinks would start wearing out and making noise within a matter of days or weeks.

    That's why the Hotchkis and Power Grid endlinks cost so much. Obviously they're making a decent profit, but they're also using good components, which are expensive.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    AAIIIC, you have the KW and the Hotchkis sways... when you put the new endlinks on and made the sway bar more straight instead of angled up to meet the stock endlinks, how close is the bar to your shock. On my car it almost looks like they will touch when I swap out end links.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Actually, I just have stock swaybars. The endlinks I bought separately, based on reading that NormV had used them on his salvaged car. (What's strange, though, is that the links I got look nothing like the links he got from Hotchkis.) So far, so good with them - haven't heard any unusual noises indicating that the new position of the front swaybar is causing any problems. Perhaps this weekend I'll get around to doing the rears.

    No word yet on the bushings. The place I ordered from earlier this week said it would be 3-5 working days to get them, then they'd ship them to me.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Gotta quick question... I couldve searched but im right here... when lowering with h&r's I was planning on using zo6 endlinks

    I was going to buy a pair from luke for the front, do i need them for the rear as well?

    I was going to switch out the sways as well to hotchkis, how do their bushings hold up? should i use the hotchkis endlinks or zo6's?

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    O- you only need them for the front. I asked the same thing. Hotchkis bushing suck imo. I have to change them from what I guess will be once a year, I alos put 20,000 miles a year on the ol'gurl.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Bump. What was outcome of uni bushings purchased?
    Multiple searches here plus outside the forum, and I can"t find a place to purchase front sway bar bushings alone...without a whole kit. Any ideas? Tried D3, Specter, Hotchkis, Lindsay, etc.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    $25 for 4 rod ends means those rod ends are basically garbage. I don't mean that as a jab at you, Shredder - a lot of people don't realize how expensive good rod ends are. Even $25 for a single rod end is a pretty low end product. Those endlinks would start wearing out and making noise within a matter of days or weeks.
    AGREE!!!! The Fecking ends for my trailing arms and toe rods were ridiculous! Granted I went all top of the line, but when you spend 400 in parts PLUS tubing....

    Just so you know, those metal to metal endlinks WILL and DO make clicking sounds on every bump. Theres an 05 out here with a blower, sounds like a sewing machine on bumpy roads - and its not from a cam! The lowering setup he ran uses no inner lined heims and ends (cheapie ish), and he actually had to have the entirety reverted back to stock cause he hated it so much!

    As for generic poly, its better than beat up rubber! I don't see a problem with running universals, or even making your own endlinks, I see it done on hot rods, pro tourings all the time. The squeak can be eliminated with either high end grease from suppliers or good old home depot lithium grease. Yay 3 dollar fixes.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Quote Originally Posted by mostoyzwinz View Post
    Bump. What was outcome of uni bushings purchased?
    Got the bushings just before I moved from WA to VA and they're now sitting in my garage. Just based on my initial eyeballing of things, the fronts will definitely take some work to make them fit - I don't think they're as tall as the stockers, so they wouldn't fill up the bracket properly. I haven't really taken a look at the rears.

    I'm at a track event this weekend, but perhaps next weekend I can get under the car and take a closer look at things.
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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Don't forget to share the video of the event.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    Got the bushings just before I moved from WA to VA and they're now sitting in my garage. Just based on my initial eyeballing of things, the fronts will definitely take some work to make them fit - I don't think they're as tall as the stockers, so they wouldn't fill up the bracket properly. I haven't really taken a look at the rears.

    I'm at a track event this weekend, but perhaps next weekend I can get under the car and take a closer look at things.
    So, in a roundabout fashion, I finally got around to using some of these bushings. I initially installed Hotchkis swaybars front and rear, which of course meant I installed the poly bushings that came with those. Hotchkis supplies a metal block to allow you to use a "normal" swaybar bracket up front, since the stock front brackets are strange.

    After a couple track events with the Hotchkis bars, I decided I don't like the handling balance (too much understeer), so this weekend I reinstalled the stock front swaybar. I also installed the 26mm Prothane bushings I had picked up. Since they won't fit the stock swaybar bushing brackets, I just used the Hotchkis brackets with the spacer they supply.



    Tadaaaaa! Drove around a bit the past couple days with no unusual noises or anything. Heading to VIR next weekend so we'll see how the handling balance is with the stock front bar and Hotchkis rear bar.
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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    DID THEY WORK!!!???
    I am looking for replacement poly bushings for my CTS-V sway bars.... But can find any information of what or if anyone found one to fit the funky brackets?
    did the " 19-1182 (26mm) for the front, and 19-1164 (21mm) for the rear " work????

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    Quote Originally Posted by dboydr View Post
    DID THEY WORK!!!???
    I am looking for replacement poly bushings for my CTS-V sway bars.... But can find any information of what or if anyone found one to fit the funky brackets?
    did the " 19-1182 (26mm) for the front, and 19-1164 (21mm) for the rear " work????
    You should suggest this to Revshift.

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    I think Revshift was planning on doing this. BUt not sure

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    Re: Poly swaybar bushings - anyone tried some "universal" ones?

    I think I've bought every poly bushing out there, trying to get something decent around my sways but they always look and sound like they've got wiggle room in them after a few weeks. I think this is one of the weakest links in the suspension.

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