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Unread 11-14-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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Bushing help? Time to replace?

I don't know crap about this and could use some advice.

My ZJ is annoyingly squeaking over every bump in the road.

Do these bushings look like they need to be replaced?

If so, it's best to go with OEM rubber ones right? Doesn't that cut down on squeaking, right?

Oh yes, that white chalky sh*t is white lightning grease. It seems to help out just a little bit.

This one looks chewed up up in the front. Looks like something was ruptured and leaked out maybe? No clue. The lip up front is dented.

This one looks worn away on the bottom left side. Like it hasn't been replaced in 14 years or so...which I'm positive is the case.

And this one looks OK, but it's really soft. I can squeese it pretty easily with my fingers.

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Unread 11-14-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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if you can swing it, id go with one of those bushing kits from energy suspension, the poly bushings will ride so much better than the oem rubber, plus they wear a lot longer and dont split if the get cold a lot. the first pic you showed i dont think that bushing can be replaced by istelf but im not 100% on that
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Unread 11-14-2010, 10:00 PM   #3
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do you know how I can determine what kit I'll need?
they've got a bunch of different sizes here:
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Unread 11-14-2010, 10:27 PM   #4
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I'll be happy to assist you in replacing the various bushings on your Jeep. Send me a PM and we'll chat.
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Unread 11-15-2010, 08:53 AM   #5
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do not run a poly bushing on something you want to ride nice

they are squeaky and dont absorb the bumps as well as the rubber. they transmit the feeling right to you

oem rubbers lasted over 200k on mine so

now if you are racing polys might be the better an opition because they will keep everything a firmer
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Unread 11-15-2010, 09:58 AM   #6
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I have the Energy bushings on my swaybar, but one is coming apart, I believe. I'd have to crawl under the Jeep and check, but last I looked it wasn't look fantastic. I'm keeping an eye on it. I keep them greased, too.
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