Coming in (very) late on this discussion, but, I converted to poly
bushings last year, and (shortly after that) replaced the shocks w/Peter
C rebuilt units. While driving home from a local British Car Day event,
yesterday, I was struck by how sure and steady the car now drives over
all but the most miserable road surfaces (no, I don't drive the car
sedately). So, I would have to say that, if you were having "issues"
with overly sensitive handling; it was probably something else causing
the symptom, exacerbated by the poly bushings. I suspect that the
rubber bushings just cover the problem up.
Nothing wrong with rubber bushings, if you could only get OE quality &
longevity out of them......but, there's something seriously wrong with
just about ALL rubber products available on the aftermarket these days.
I mean, technically, today's rubber bushings ARE moving parts, from
China, right Frank?
On a related subject; I've put several thousand miles on my Porsche 356
during the past few months. The car is pretty much right where I want
it to be, mechanically (the cosmetics are another issue), and it's an
absolute delight to drive. Took it to Watkins Glen for the vintage
festival, and it was everything I remembered a 356 could be (I've been
into 356s for slightly longer -43 years- than I have been into
Spridgets). HOWEVER, I have to say that the straight-line stability of
the Midget is significantly better than the 356 (!). The Midget just
goes wherever I point it, and doesn't "fuss" in cross-winds like the
356, with it's tail-heavy weight bias. Yeah, the 356 will cruise all
day at comfortably over 100 mph, but, the Midget has such a great,
stable feel to it at highway speeds and under all conditions.
I find myself eagerly anticipating the drive to Lake of the Ozarks,
next June :)
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Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Which Bushings?
> who is using polyurethane bushings in their
> Spridget and who is using rubber bushings and why.
I am using rubber, the correct metal/rubber trunions and solid rubber
fulcrum bushings (A arm) But I do run poly sway bar bushings.
I tried poly all around and the car was tight! Like hit the painted
white stripe and change lanes all by itself tight!
So I "assumed" that the no give in the poly was the culprit.
I "assume" that the originals were rubber to absorb some of the shock
from the road which the polys did not.
So I am a big fan of rubber.
BTDT and went back ;)
Toms River, NJ
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