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chrisbowler
 


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d3 POLYBUSH suspension bushes replacement

Has anyone had experience good or bad on the POLYBUSH replacement bush kits - about 350 from various 4x4 mail order outlets. Are they worth it - I am chasing bushes nearly every month - should have just changed all of them when the first ones started to go. Car is a 05 TDV6 WITH 80,000 miles on clock - part of my problem is we live down a rough lane and a lot of the local lanes are pot holed. Any feedback gratefully received.

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Post #5743895th Jan 2010 12:48 am
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Christyler has put them in a while back, might be worth a pm to him.


.... did you use the search function above as I think he's made a few comments on them here since. Thumbs Up
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I've started doing them based on the ARB bush performance. I had the rear ARB bushes replaced with genuine LR because of rattling over rough ground and did the fronts with poly. Rears are rattling after only 3 months but fronts are still fine.

We also live on a rough lane so have the same issues as you. Going to replace all of the rest with poly ASAP now.
  
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mzplcg wrote:
I've started doing them based on the ARB bush performance. I had the rear ARB bushes replaced with genuine LR because of rattling over rough ground and did the fronts with poly. Rears are rattling after only 3 months but fronts are still fine


Did you fit new bushes, or spacers? Never had a problem wit hfitting the spacers, personally
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Post #5748755th Jan 2010 9:32 pm
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New bushes. I was offered the spacers but formed the opinion that if the bush is designed properly they shouldn't be required.

3 months on and I now understand that they are required which kind of tells me the OE bush is not right. This was the final decider for polybushes really since a few of the others are saggy (45k miles) and I don't want to do the job twice.

That's not to say they're right for everyone though. I live down an un-made road, tow quite a lot, go off road with shooting etc. If it stayed on tarmac all the time and I didn't tow a lot I think I would probably use OE bushes complete with spacers. Thumbs Up
  
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mzplcg wrote:
New bushes. I was offered the spacers but formed the opinion that if the bush is designed properly they shouldn't be required


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Can't comment on the D3 but my experience with polybushes on my defender wasn't very good. They tend to produce less articulation and a harder ride . Also if they take a very hard knock they tend to deform and need to be replaced as they will not regain their shape like OE rubber ones do . Also they did not last as long as the OE ones .
  
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Yes, I'd tend to agree with that. My old Deafener was not good on poly red although blue were a much nicer ride. Never had the deforming problem though. Also worth remembering that the D3 is a lot heavier so the red compound will not seem as harsh as it does in a Defender.

Plus of course the D3 has independent suspension all round and a lot less of the ironwork which makes the Defender suspension what it is - agriculturally biased rather than road biased.

Personally I wouldn't poly a defender again but I have had better experience on other vehicles such as Jaguars which were vastly better on poly but this just shows that there are a lot of variables. Different people, different cars, different requirements etc all factor into the decision.
  
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I've struggled finding anyone else with the same suspension problems as I've experienced, but reading the above posts, this is exactly what went wrong with mine. Again I live down an unmade road bumpy road and got the knocking at 50k. Replaced some of the rear bushes ( the 3 most accessable) as the forth appeared fairly solid when using a bar to lever it, but after only 2 months the problem has returned and also a simlar knock has appeared on the front.

I've found a chap in Hebden Bridge that replaces them at what seems a very reasonable price (well by comparison to the rip off price from LR), but having had the problem reoccur once I was also toying with the idea of poly bushes. Could anyone let me know where you source them?

Many thanks

Jack
  
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I just went to their website but a number of 4x4 specialists also sell them. About 400 quid for the complete kit.
www.polybush.co.uk

Just thought - maybe one of the site sponsors could help. Someone like TFC might be able to supply and fit - have a look through the various links.
  
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Thanks for the posts - we are currently in Germany on holiday so no rough road driving. Just before we left, I changed the rear anti roll bar bushes so some of the rattle has gone. I replaced the rear upper arms about 14,000 miles ago and recently had the front lower arms done after an accident under the insurance ( i was not paying!!!) I think that I will wait until the next lot of bushes start to play up and polybush the whole car - hopefully by then, the bush kits will be cheeper!!!!!!! Very Happy Laughing Very Happy

Chris Bowler

PS -The D3 has to be the safest vehicle i have even driven in these current snow conditions - no slip, wheel spin or worry - we came down through Berkshire, Surry and Sussex to Dover on 6 Jan when most trucks had got stuck and driving on packed snow was all you could get -- very impressed. Only problem was not having heated washer jets!!!!!!
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