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Mopar Lower control arm bushings broken, again!!


 
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Post: #1   PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:38 am    Post subject: Mopar Lower control arm bushings broken, again!! Reply with quote

Hi there.

Regards from Mexico.

As the title says, I was checking and cleaning a little oil leak coming from the oil pan gasket. Next month I need to renew the contaminants certificate that my state demands and I will get the tune up and the oil pan gasket changed in that service.

As I came into a workshop with a lifter, I was checking the suspension and lower arm control bushings that I've changed this last June (previous to these ones lasted +2years and were OEM too) are INSANELY broken. I cruise certain distances everyday for work and adult things and as you know, potholes here in MX are shitty everyday stuff. I've never destroyed bushings that fast :/

So as I am little dissapointed with OEM bushings I don't know if you guys can recommend MOOG brand ones (or WAY better than OEM) as an alternative to these and general suspension parts. I am looking for a really good quality parts that last a pretty decent time and see if they are available in Mexico. If not, I would see the way to order them from US.

Thanks in advance for your recomendations, guys!
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Moog control arms on my 1st gen and I am pretty happy with them so far. Mine are the older design. I believe the newer ones have ball-type bushings on both ends which should make the bushings last longer I assume.
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Thomas.

They should be better, and easier to install then the Energy Suspension or Prothane units.








Maybe you shouldn't do those "adult things" on the hood of your car, wearing out the bushings? ROFL
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've personally experienced major problems with both the Energy Suspension and Prothane sets. I do not recommend either of them.

http://forum.2gn.org/viewtopic.php?t=54925

I have used lots of Moog parts with good results, but I have not tried their control arm bushings.
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for your replies, guys!

I will look for Moog ones to make the replacement. Car is noisy as f*ck since the bushings broken.

Regards from Mexico. Smile
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Post: #6   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have over 100,000 miles on the ES bushings I intalled in the linked thread. But I also cut the rear poly where the LCA hinges against it, so it doesn't have to flex the poly to move.

This probably has helped keep the grease in, and dirt out. Not that the ES grease is ever going to come out, or off of anything it gets on. Laughing
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Post: #7   PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updating this.

As Prothane suspension parts are not available in many places in MX and it seems there is not many options, I've decided to install MOOG parts for my SE.

Not only the bushings, tie end rods were completely destroyed when I checked them.

https://goo.gl/photos/JPaNUYxsT2X7AiKk6

I was very surprised that she has the factory shocks yet, so I ask the suspension shop to install MOOG ones and the results were very pleasant. Car drives grrrrrrrrreat, no noises, alingment is perfect and the only test I need to do in them is durability. Everything works just fine now.

Next step is to get new tires in this summer or fall and a set of LX rims to get rid of that steel/wheel cover setup and make her look nicer. Smile

Do the 185/60R15 do the job or would I need to get 195/60R15? Any of you guys knows the specs/measurements of the lug nuts for these alloy rims to buy the 20 pieces here in México?

Thank you everybody for your help!! Rock ON
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i too have had problems with the stock and prothane replacements..

now i'm running moog problem solver (solid spherical joint) , great product
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