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View Poll Results: I got Powerflex urethane bushings and...
The ride is no less comfy than rubber bushings, and no noise 15 29.41%
The ride is rougher and/or they squeak, but I still like them 4 7.84%
The ride is rougher and/or they squeak, and I don't like it 4 7.84%
I don't have Powerflex but want to get them 16 31.37%
I don't have Powerflex and don't want them 12 23.53%
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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Do you have Powerflex urethane bushings?

If you have Powerflex FCABs, ....
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:00 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:58 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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I had too much vibration transfer through them... I hear a lot of great things about them, but not for me.
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:02 PM   #5
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Meyle wins.
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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You need to add a category

The ride is firmer and no noise after _______________ miles.

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Old 06-06-2009, 01:04 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:33 PM   #8
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I've had mine for 12k+ and I've experienced no noise. Ride is stiffer, but that's a very good thing.
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:28 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:29 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:45 AM   #11
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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!)
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:55 AM   #12
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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.
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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
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:27 AM   #14
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I am intrested in getting them myself, but im worried about noise and vibration.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:08 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:12 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:16 PM   #17
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Can you explain why you dont like it. You dont have noise from the rear?
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:20 PM   #18
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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
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:22 PM   #19
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i have powerflex bushings.. they definitely made a difference compared to my worn out OEM ones
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:23 PM   #20
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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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