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Old 05-30-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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FCA(B) options and opinions

I tried to search around, but couldn't find anything usefull, so here goes.

Which would be better:

Meyle HD FCA's with Meyle bushings (rubber I guess?)

or

OEM FCA's with Powerflex bushings?


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Old 05-31-2010, 03:51 AM   #2
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Depends on what you're looking for, I suppose. Poly bushings will be firmer than rubber, but also noisier. HD rubber will ride better but will likely fail sooner. First time replacement with HD is WAY easier because they come pre-mounted in the carrier (lolipop), whereas you have to press the old rubber bushing out of the carrier (not an easy task) in order to install the polys. 2nd time poly replacement would be easy because they just pull out of the carrier.

In either case, you should get the HD arms. They're WAY beefier, should last longer and have replaceable balljoints. They cost less too, which is an added bonus.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:45 AM   #3
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Depends on what you're looking for, I suppose. Poly bushings will be firmer than rubber, but also noisier. HD rubber will ride better but will likely fail sooner. First time replacement with HD is WAY easier because they come pre-mounted in the carrier (lolipop), whereas you have to press the old rubber bushing out of the carrier (not an easy task) in order to install the polys. 2nd time poly replacement would be easy because they just pull out of the carrier.

In either case, you should get the HD arms. They're WAY beefier, should last longer and have replaceable balljoints. They cost less too, which is an added bonus.
Thanks for your reply. Based on this I guess I should go with Meyle HD with their own bushings.
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:27 PM   #4
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Another option for the arms is the OEM ZHP arms. They are also beefier, and come with replaceable metal ball joints like the meyle HD. They are more expensive, but the casting is held to a tighter tolerance than the HD's. This would probably only be a factor if you went with a higher performance bushing that needs the closer tolerance of the arm to fit exactly.

Also, I used some meyle HD bushings when I re-did my arms and ended up having to replace them in under 10k miles because they both wore out. Now I'm on Rogue street compound bushings and couldn't be happier. Just as quiet as my old stock ones and GREAT steering feel. I'm sure you would have good luck with the stock bushings as well, I just can't recommend the Meyle's to anyone because of my experience with them.
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