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Hey all,
I came across a web site "elise-shop" and they have these Nylatron bushes for the A-frame sorry, "wish bone".
I dont know if you have discussed this before but has anyone switched out there stock ones for a set of these and if so what did you think?

I had a set of polyurathane on a old '80 Monte that I had many years back in the quest for better handling on a domestic and it did help considerably and that was just the sway bar!
 

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I was thinking of machining some Teflon bushings on the lathe at work. I would be interested to hear some feedback as well.
 

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I was doing some searching and there is a company that also offers polyuratane bushings for the sway bar on the exige. The factory bushings are rubber and with the poly being a very affordable improvement, I think that is something Im going to do.

My old Monte is no where close to the Lotus but the handling characteristics were greatly improved. They made the steering behave and feel much more responsive and for $40 bucks a set you can't go wrong.

For those like me who dont have the track pack and dont really want to shell out $2,000 or so bucks, this would be a great improvement for minimal dollars.

Everyone seems to have this quest for more horse but what about making something that handles great just that much better. When it comes to this car I am a rookie so if any of the gurus are reading, what are your thoughts
about both the Nylatron and the poly bushings?
 

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My thoughts: hard bushings will help on the Elise, but not as much as on a heavier car. The rubber bushings on the Elise are about the same size as on larger cars, but get about half the force because of the light weight, so they deflect that much less. On the other hand, on the track you might get a noticeable improvement in camber control if you're running slicks, since the forces are that much larger. As for nylatron vs. polyurethane, you'll get a bit more vibration with the nylatron since it has almost no give. My $0.02.
 

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I'll take your two cents and toss that around,

Thanks.
 

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I would use Delrin instead. Teflon will cold flow under pressure
I agree, without backing teflon will coldflow. You could machine your own from nylatron, too.
 

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I wouldn't go with Nylatron as it's hygroscopic; I'd worry about corrosion.

I might do a Delrin set myself...
 

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Wow, great input guys! Is anyone currently running anything like this on an Elise? I would like to hear more.
 

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Hey all,
I came across a web site "elise-shop" and they have these Nylatron bushes for the A-frame sorry, "wish bone".
I dont know if you have discussed this before but has anyone switched out there stock ones for a set of these and if so what did you think?

I had a set of polyurathane on a old '80 Monte that I had many years back in the quest for better handling on a domestic and it did help considerably and that was just the sway bar!

Got my Nylatron set from Elise shop over Christmas and fitted to my 06 Exige S (sports and supersports pack). Also went for Nylatron bushes on anti roll bar
Use the car almost exclusively for track days and will be racing next year. also upgraded to 2 way Nitrons.

These mods have made a very significant improvement to on track handling and set up. Yvo at Elise shop very helpful chap

once all the mods had been done had fully geo, track set up and corner weights done by specialist here in the UK
 

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When you put on the bushes for the roll bar did it stiffen and make things a little crisper? Did it make the front end going into corners choppy and light? or was it more responsive and offer a little bit more road feel.
 

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When you put on the bushes for the roll bar did it stiffen and make things a little crisper? Did it make the front end going into corners choppy and light? or was it more responsive and offer a little bit more road feel.
More responsive and a lot more road feel. Can now really feel what the car is doing, even the tyres "moving" when cold
 

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Nice!...:evil: I'm going to double check if the factory bushings for roll bar is rubber or urethane. If it's rubber, that'll be my first mod.
 
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