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2014/02/11 21:46:01 (permalink)
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Leaf spring rubbers

Hi guys, what do people use for rear leaf spring rubbbers?
Nolathane, Powerflex, Superpro etc etc.
Thoughts on them and what has/has'nt worked would be great.
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/11 23:07:07 (permalink)
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    If you're referring to MK1 escort & the flat pads that go either side of the leaf pack, use Whitline bushes because
    Superpro don't fit. I have a pair (whiteline) new in the packet if you're interested. Cheers
     
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/12 10:30:23 (permalink)
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    I think he means the spring eye bushes.  Which ever brand really.  They key with these is when you fit them you must use the grease they come with or they will bind and the most important part is when doing up the bolts you must have the suspension sitting in the 'road position' or the bushes will already have load on them when the car is on the ground.  I usually refit the leafs with the bolts loose then put ramps under the back wheels before tightening them up.
    Also, dont be a tight ar5e and replace all the leaf spring bushes at the same time ...  There are 6 sets all up - front eyes on each spring plus upper and lower shackles at the rear of the spring

    Make it go FASTER!
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/12 14:03:22 (permalink)
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    Thanks guys, yes the "Spring eye - front", the "Spring eye - rear" and the spring shackles.....
     
    Did you meant "be tight" or NOT "be tight".....I had thought about being tight just so I'm not wasting money if replace the whole set up later down the track.....I got a price today from Repco, $60 + $60 + $40 plu $20 delivery....I'll ring around a bit more.
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/12 17:37:47 (permalink)
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    I'd use Superpro because they have steel inner bushes / crush tubes.
    I've had non-crush tube types flog out fairly quickly - disintegrate actually!
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/13 10:37:28 (permalink)
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    The front spring eye has a crush sleeve in Nolathane and Whiteline too The rear shackles dont in any brand from my experience.
     
     

    Make it go FASTER!
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/13 13:30:43 (permalink)
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    Which bushes tend to disintegrate, ??  Top shackle, or Rear spring eye, ??   Manual is specific about installing,
    the Rear Spring Eye bush, One of the triangle points, must point downward, and be installed using a lubricant,
    the top shackle bushes, (round) will be the cheapest, and just push into the chassis. rear spring eye may be
    next, most expensive is likely to be, the Front Spring Eye bush. Has anyone installed one recently,??  Do you
    drive it in, with a tool or hammer,??  the Centre steel tube, probably is a pivot, on the through bolt,
    What do you think.??…….. (for 1 spring only)  2 top shackle, 1 rear spring eye, 1 front spring eye, 1 lubricant..
    Does this get us closer to answering the original Question.???     Wayne, does this help,???
    I think, when installing i'd lube them all.!!!! 
    What Maintenance is required to keep front and rear spring bushes in good condition,????
     
    Fingers crossed, Cheers Geoff, ………….I'm finding, the more i think i know, the lesser i actually know
    post edited by GeeBeeN - 2014/02/14 11:01:28
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/14 13:17:55 (permalink)
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    They all wear over time.
     
    The manual would be referring to fitting rubber bushes not polyurathane.  I have replace these types of bushes heaps of times being an ex mechanic.  The polyurathane bushes are all just push in by hand with the lubricant added.  Sometimes i have used a big pair of multi grips to push both sides in at the same time but that is all the force required.
    Once installed there is no maintenance ...

    Make it go FASTER!
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/14 16:44:26 (permalink)
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    Hi Gdub,  i'm learning from posts, what i intend has been done many times.
    Where is a good place to buy poly bushes,?? i will replace all of mine to be sure problems with the
    suspension don't occur, in my Mk2, i'll search or post for answers to queries i have and try to do it 
    right the first time.  I'm sure all new to escorts appreciate your contribution, on our behalf, Thanks Heaps.!!
    Cheers Geoff
    I would also like to contribute, where i feel i can assist, being a computer dummy doesn't help, Luv the spellchecker.
    post edited by GeeBeeN - 2014/02/14 16:55:36
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/14 21:19:41 (permalink)
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    Spring rear eye bushes disintegrated on mine - didn't have crush tubes.
    I put in Superpro which definately have crush tubes - Whiteline & Nolathane don't last time I looked at their web sites.
     
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2014/02/16 09:27:42 (permalink)
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    Would a Panhard rod installed with 2 bushes, being considered as sacrificial, needing more frequent
    replacement effectively preserve/extend the life of a complete set of expensive poly rear spring
    bushes,  be cost effective.??? … Also improve rear end stability/drive ability.??? … Cheers Geoff
    post edited by GeeBeeN - 2014/02/16 09:33:00
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    Re: Leaf spring rubbers 2020/11/07 07:26:25 (permalink)
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    "the most important part is when doing up the bolts you must have the suspension sitting in the 'road position' or the bushes will already have load on them when the car is on the ground.  I usually refit the leafs with the bolts loose then put ramps under the back wheels before tightening them up."
     
    I did this wrong today. Is it enough to loosen the nuts and tighten again with car on the ground?
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