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Old 10-08-2008, 12:19 AM   #1
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Powerflex pros and cons?

I am deciding on replacing my OEM bushing with powerflex but I hear some positive and negative comments. Can anybody who has it on their car give me your comments?
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:43 AM   #2
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If you are replacing the sway bar bushings as well, make sure to get uprated brackets too
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:01 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the front control arm bushings? I replaced my OEM bushings at 65,000 with Powerflex bushings. Much improved steering response, and that with a new alignment, I smiled all the way home from the shop. I didn't notice any negative effects at all; I would recommend them.
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Are you talking about the front control arm bushings? I replaced my OEM bushings at 65,000 with Powerflex bushings. Much improved steering response, and that with a new alignment, I smiled all the way home from the shop. I didn't notice any negative effects at all; I would recommend them.
Tech notice cracked front control arm bushings when service was being peformed. I was quoted about $700.00 to replace both bushing. I haven't done it yet but was considering Powerflex bushings. Do you need to alignment after you replace the bushing?
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if your doing the front bushings then there may not be a down side, but if you do the rear arm bushings i hear tehy make noise
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Usually alignment is recommended. I'd do it. I remember reading somewhere on this forum that it is possible to replace the bushings without the alignment being out of whack by simply replacing them, but usually by virtue of driving around on worn bushings, the alignment is a little off. The bushings improve the steering response so much there's no need to have slightly off alignment spoil the fun of having the new bushings.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:50 PM   #7
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Tech notice cracked front control arm bushings when service was being peformed. I was quoted about $700.00 to replace both bushing. I haven't done it yet but was considering Powerflex bushings. Do you need to alignment after you replace the bushing?
Ripoff. My tech did my front CABs for half an hour labor. And it literally took half an hour. $40 plus the cost of bushings (what, $70 from Tischer?).
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They squeak, they crack, and they are no better than fresh OEM ones. I use OEM e46 m3 bushings w/an aluminum sleeve
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:21 PM   #10
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Tech notice cracked front control arm bushings when service was being peformed. I was quoted about $700.00 to replace both bushing. I haven't done it yet but was considering Powerflex bushings. Do you need to alignment after you replace the bushing?
That seems pretty high price too. It took me half an hour to change at my bushings mechanics shop while I was doing my suspension. Granted I did buy the bushings with the carriers so I didn't need to press anything out. I got the Meyle Heavy Duty bushings. I'm quite happy with them.
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