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nathancarter 06-06-2009 10:43 AM

Do you have Powerflex urethane bushings?
 
If you have Powerflex FCABs, ....

thomasthethird 06-06-2009 11:00 AM

They're working well for me so far. There was a little squeaking when they I first installed them, but it didn't last long.

Safar 06-06-2009 11:58 AM

I asked my shop for Meyle HD but they didn't have them, and they advised Powerflex. I told them no because they were notorious to squeek, but they said they never had an issue like that with them before.

No squeeking at all now, just 1000 miles though.

Titan 3 06-06-2009 12:48 PM

I had too much vibration transfer through them... I hear a lot of great things about them, but not for me.

JSanders 06-06-2009 01:02 PM

Meyle wins.

thefitter 06-06-2009 01:17 PM

You need to add a category
 
The ride is firmer and no noise after _______________ miles.

20,000+ so far

jhk2bmw 06-06-2009 02:04 PM

I installed them about 3-4 weeks ago and love them. Night and day difference over OEM, but I had the sport package to begin with and prefer a tighter/stiffer feel. All but eliminated annoying tramlining effect I was having on the freeways too (thought I had bad set of tires). After my DIY experience, I suspect that a lot of people are not installing them properly. Admittedly, the instructions you get from PFlex are too vague. The lubed bushing actually "snaps" into the carrier for proper fitment, although if you didn't know better, it appears as though it's engineered to just slide in to the carrier since the front side of the carrier has a recessed lip about the same size as the top lip of the bushing. I basically figured this out by accident after removing and re-intalling the greased bushing into the carrier about 10 times trying to figure out why it wouldn't fit. For some reason the tenth time I stepped on it on a padded surface and it magically poped all the way in. You can't pop it in by hand, need to step on it or use a rubber mallet. Hope this helps someone.

benjamin1 06-06-2009 11:33 PM

I've had mine for 12k+ and I've experienced no noise. Ride is stiffer, but that's a very good thing.

TitaniumCranium 06-07-2009 12:28 AM

I've been running my Powerflex bushings, FCABs and RTABs and have extrememly accurate response, no noticable noise and no squeaking. I've had them for roughly 45k miles now.

I would do it all over again in a heartbeat too, if it was necessary. These things don't wear out.

325 & 55 06-07-2009 01:29 AM

Powerflex...
 
will definitely transform one's "comfy" OEM ride, to one that is many times more "rigid"; took some time to get use to.

I've never experienced any "squeaking", but one shouldn't with proper lube and install.

nathancarter 06-08-2009 10:45 AM

Bump, and thanks for the responses so far.

I'm looking at a big suspension refresh/overhaul sometimes within the next month or two. It's my daily driver and I don't want an uncomfortable ride, but increased responsiveness is of course a plus. I'm really undecided between Meyle HD bushings and Powerflex bushings. (then there's the UUC bushings but I don't know if I wanna spend that much... that lifetime warranty is a plus though!)

texlnghorn 06-08-2009 10:55 AM

I had them and used them for about 20K miles but I had a persistent popping noise. I pulled the bushings off several times to regrease them but the noise never went away. I thought the noise might be something else like sway bar end links or even the brakes (I replaced both). I eventually put in Meyle HD bushings and the noise completely disappeared. The Meyle bushings were just as easy if not easier to install than the Powerflex bushings.

Denlin68 06-08-2009 11:11 AM

MY Powerflex FCAB with housing are coming in this week and will have them installed soon. U guys have the price u paid to get them installed ?

Also do the actual steering reponse gets better ? or its more related to suspension as in viberations u feel

n2Bimmer 06-08-2009 12:27 PM

I am intrested in getting them myself, but im worried about noise and vibration.

texlnghorn 06-08-2009 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Denlin68 (Post 10095701)
MY Powerflex FCAB with housing are coming in this week and will have them installed soon. U guys have the price u paid to get them installed ?

Also do the actual steering reponse gets better ? or its more related to suspension as in viberations u feel

Paid to get them installed????? DIY.

fmzip 06-08-2009 04:12 PM

Powerflex RTABS in my E46....love them.

Powerflex front Upper Control arm bushings in my E39......I don't like the increased feel in the front end of my car. Little reluctant to swap out the FCAB's in my 330 right now.

n2Bimmer 06-08-2009 04:16 PM

Can you explain why you dont like it. You dont have noise from the rear?

fmzip 06-08-2009 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by n2Bimmer (Post 10097420)
Can you explain why you dont like it. You dont have noise from the rear?

^^^^^ is that question posed to me? My reservation on the FCAB's is because my front end feels perfect so i am not messing with it! :)

I just put in the Powerflex RTAB's, no noise as of yet......the only difference I feel with these is that the car tracks unbelievebly better. There is no difference in the comfort of ride quality to me. Actually I feel the car rides better since it seems so "together" now.

Being 43, I had the same fear....I hate noise and harshness. Hands down, I am extremely pleased I made the switch.

Here's my DIY I wrote up:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=678004

koven 06-08-2009 04:22 PM

i have powerflex bushings.. they definitely made a difference compared to my worn out OEM ones

Tele 06-08-2009 04:23 PM

I'm also going to do a suspension refresh/overhaul but are a bit undecided...
Have anyone tried the purple powerflex bushings?
They say it's more for street use...!?


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