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Old 04-26-2004, 04:41 PM
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Poly vs. Rubber Bushings?

So, as i've been poking around my front suspension preparing to do my disk brake swap, I've noticed that the bushings are pretty much shot and really should be replaced.

Since pretty much everything should be replaced I've been looking into kits, and the question is poly or rubber?

The real problem is that poly kits for my 64 galaxie (country sedan) seem to be kind of rare and the only poly kit I can find is from Quickor and is going to set me back $710!!! That's a lot more than the $190 for the stock rubber kit from pst or kanter.

I want my car to handle better (a lot better) but is the extra $500 really worth it? Does anybody know of a less expensive source?

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Exactly what is included in the QUIKOR kit...bushings and suspension components or just bushings alone?

Do you have power steering?
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I would stick to the rubber type, your not going to win any autocrosses with a 64 Galaxie!

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Yeah, that's a complete set of poly bushings only. No control arms or anything.
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I think I would rebush it (control arms) with quality bushings such as MOOG and use polyurethane on the sway bar and end links.

Did you check with PST about bushings?

The reason I asked about P/S is have you taken the time to look at all the linkage bushings on that setup?
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For an everyday driver use new rubber, unless you like the feel of solid suspension.

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Billy boy, I just sold my 66 Ford Country Squire wagon that I played with for three years, and I can tell you, mere Moog rubber bushings made a world of difference in the way my car handled. But the real key to flat cornering in these big old wagons, is the frame where they usually rot out, ( and mine was no exception), under the front windshield pillar. Its gotta be solid, and if theres any rot at all, once you fix it you will see what I mean.

I had a massive 1/4" by 4' formed steel gusset welded a foot past the rot I cut out, installed run of the mill Monroe shocks, and replaced the bushings, and anybody that rode in my car was amazed at the flat cornering, virtruly no lean on any at speed off ramp with a curve to it. So checking frame is first.

I also had air shocks in it to rake the back up, but too much air will make the front plow. Hell, its never gonna handle like a sports car so i would put rubber bushings on and spend the money saved elsewhere.
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