Speedway or NAPA for MII bushings
I want to replace all the bushings on my MII/Pinto front suspension. It still has the original rubber.
Speedway has a kit that is pretty cheap. I assume because it is foriegn made. Also I believe it is poly bushings.
Again, I'll assume NAPA is rubber, but I wonder if their parts are American made. It will run over $100 more. I don't mind paying the extra for American and help keep American working.
Which have you used and how did you like the result.
This is under a 31 Chevy sedan. Thanks, Bob. :welcome:
The NAPA parts are better quality, they may or may not be american made. The Speedway tie rod ends appear to be exactly the same as the NAPA ones and are considerably cheaper. I have had Speedway bushings fail before the build was finished.
There are many parts that I will buy from Speedway, but when it comes to maintenance parts on a standard, non performance or non specialty item, your local parts store is usually best. Also, take a look at Rock Auto as they usually have the same items as NAPA( a repackager, not a manufacturer) and are usually less money even with adding in the shipping
I used the Speedway Mustang II rebuild kit on my 54 Chevy p/u when I first got my truck on the road. The strut rod bushings only lasted about 12,000 miles and aren't good driver quality at all IMO. They would be fine for a car that was mostly for show, But I drive my truck almost on a daily basis and the parts just didn't hold up very well at all.
I also ordered a new rack and pinion with new tie rod ends from Speedway about the same time I replaced the strut rod bushings with Moog brand parts. When I took the truck to the alignment shop after installing the Speedway rack and tie rod ends, the tech told me the tie rod ends were too loose to align the front end and they were fresh out of the box with about 15 miles on them.
I went back home and called Speedway and wasn't in a good mood at all. There customer service responded with great speed and promptly send me another set of tie rod ends. I installed the second set and got it re-aligned without a problem. But I'm not expecting them to last a very long time.
When I have to replace anymore suspension parts on it in the future they will be Moog replacement parts or a similar quality. They could be made in China too, but the better quality of the strut rod bushings from Moog was very apparent when comparing them to the ones that came in the rebuild kit.
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