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Hopefully somebody can explain this one.............?????????????????

Started changing my bushings tonight. Started on the right rear. Why? Most likely because it was closest to my beer.

Have all 4 out, top ones were purple and made of Poly, lower rear was rubber with a Teflon sleeve ( I think it was Teflon ), lower fwd. was rubber and two piece or it was broken, I couldn't tell after taking an hour to get it out.



Any explanations or identification on what is what type?
 

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The rubber with the Teflon sleeve is factory.
 

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The purple bushings looks like the powerflex brand.
I can confirm that the purple ones are definitely Powerflex Urethane bushes. I've installed a set on my car. Were they making noise? Why is the flange chewed up in the one in your picture?

The others are not teflon. They are a more economical plastic with rubber molded to them and the steel inner sleeve. Lotus uses natural color to denote the harder rubber compound and black plastic for the softer compound. They use the softer compound in the lower front position of the rear suspension.
 

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Yep, powerflex and stock style rubber. That front lower one is actually 2 pressed in from each side.

I just finished a writeup for changing bushings that may be useful Installing Polyurethane Bushings on a Lotus Elise | HowTune.com
Nice write-up. The bushing press tool makes the removal of the old bushings very easy, as you noted.

I initially chose Powerflex because they installed in one piece like the stock bushings and were more pricey, so I assumed they were a better quality product. But I'm not happy with the fact that the Powerflex bushes are longer than the crush washers. It makes the a-arms difficult to install and forces the a-arm to rotate around the bushing instead of the bushing rotating around the crush tube. Looking at the pictures of the bushing in the original post give an indication of what happens to the extra length of the bushing after time. It permanently deforms on the back side of the a-arm where it is unsupported. The radial cross section thickness of urethane is also about double that of the rubber in the stock bushes since the urethane bushes have no plastic carrier. So they're still somewhat soft.

I bought a set of Superpro bushes after installing the Powerflex parts and find that they address all of the issues. They are the same length as the crush tune. They have internal knurling that retains the grease for long term service life. And the crush tube is much larger in diameter, leaving a much thinner band of urethane with less flex than the Powerflex parts. I'm going to use the Powerflex bushings for a while, but eventually they'll be replaced.

Here are the Superpro parts compared to the stock bushing. Note that the Powerflex crush tubes have the same diameter as the stock bushings.
 

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What are you putting in there in place of that garbage you've pushed out? I used the mono-ball set from Section 111 and I've been very happy with them after one season of auto-x.
 

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me73..... no noise but I wanted stiffer ones and didn't really think the PO had ever changed them out.

glagolola1......Im putting in Black Watch Racings self lubricating bushings.
Self-Lubricating Bushings

Thank you to all that replied. Just so we have this strait uppers/purple were Powerflex. Lowers were stock Lotus with the softer ones up front and this was a two piece bushing.

Just to clarify, the two piece ones up front had a single steel inner sleeve that passed thru the two bushings, or each bushing had its own sleeve?
 

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replaced mine with blackwatch bushings. Very happy with result. Definitely buy the tool. Worth every penny. And get a can of moly grease for assembly.
It was definitely a pain in the ass 12 hr job!!!
 

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replaced mine with blackwatch bushings. Very happy with result. Definitely buy the tool. Worth every penny. And get a can of moly grease for assembly.
It was definitely a pain in the ass 12 hr job!!!


Did you have the proper tools? Also what material is the bwr bushings?
 

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Don't know what the BWR bushings are made of but they are a lot harder than urethane. Bushings are expendable/durables in my book, like brake disks and pads. I can grow into the monoballs just as I can grow into full floating disks. Replace them as my skill increases and they wear out.

Only important tool I see you needing is the bushing removal tool BWR sells, other places do also.

A Big Ass screwdriver and a Rubber Mallet were my friends to gently move and pry the arms so the bolt holes would line up. Uppers are easy, lowers take some muscle and patience.





 

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Just to clarify, the two piece ones up front had a single steel inner sleeve that passed thru the two bushings, or each bushing had its own sleeve?
Did you try pushing the Powerflex bushings out without the tool? They went in easily by hand but I'm curious to know how hard they were to get back out.

Each of the original lower bushings has it's own sleeve. The aftermarket parts all appear to have a single sleeve.
 

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They didn't budge, that's why they looked all chewed up when I got them out.

Okay, each has its own sleeve, I was a little worried it was broke.
 

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Yea, those look very different, and I think I agree. Next time I'll give the Superpro's a shot.

Nice write-up. The bushing press tool makes the removal of the old bushings very easy, as you noted.

I initially chose Powerflex because they installed in one piece like the stock bushings and were more pricey, so I assumed they were a better quality product. But I'm not happy with the fact that the Powerflex bushes are longer than the crush washers. It makes the a-arms difficult to install and forces the a-arm to rotate around the bushing instead of the bushing rotating around the crush tube. Looking at the pictures of the bushing in the original post give an indication of what happens to the extra length of the bushing after time. It permanently deforms on the back side of the a-arm where it is unsupported. The radial cross section thickness of urethane is also about double that of the rubber in the stock bushes since the urethane bushes have no plastic carrier. So they're still somewhat soft.

I bought a set of Superpro bushes after installing the Powerflex parts and find that they address all of the issues. They are the same length as the crush tune. They have internal knurling that retains the grease for long term service life. And the crush tube is much larger in diameter, leaving a much thinner band of urethane with less flex than the Powerflex parts. I'm going to use the Powerflex bushings for a while, but eventually they'll be replaced.

Here are the Superpro parts compared to the stock bushing. Note that the Powerflex crush tubes have the same diameter as the stock bushings.
 

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I'd like to revive this thread with a question for future me:

I have the later version of the gPan (gPan+ ?)...

Can you just remove the arm by taking off the bracket instead of having to hack at the bolt? I recall when removing my sheer panel that this bracket had four fasteners on it... and seemed like it could just be removed w/ the arm still attached...
 
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