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spherical bearings and bushings

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by K2e2vin, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. K2e2vin

    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    i am planning on getting new bushings for my car and want to go with spherical bearings. problem is, i cant really find much people who sell them. so far ive found only spherical bushings for the LCA's from progress group and the only person i found selling them is exospeed's ebay shop. does anybody know any other company that makes them? mainly for the trailing arms.
    also concerning the radius rod, would it be better to just change the bushing(like the sbms spherical bushing) or a whole new unit like the z10 units. thanks
     
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    noone know?
     
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    Hmm... I don't know about spherical bushing replacements. I have seen companies selling entire tubular control arm setups for Civics- and those probably have steel bearings in them- but I've never seen any that you can buy to replace the bushings in the stock arms with.

    As for the radius arms, you can get a cheap traction bar setup by solidifying the bushings in the cross member where the radius arms go in, but you'll probably have to fabricate some custom bushings to do it. People in the past have just thrown in a stack of big washers to take out all the play, but that also restricts your suspension's range of travel. I would get a JimFab or Full-Race setup if you have the cash.
     
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    thanks calesta. ive found some spherical bushings for the trailing arms on jhpusa.com, by accident actually :p

    i pretty much found all the spherical bushings i was looking for; the bushings for the radius rods i was talking about are here: http://www.sbmsinc.com/race_shop.html (Front Radius Rod Bushings 88-91 Si & Civic) what do you think?

    control arm bushings: http://search.ebay.com/progress-spherical_...rectZ1QQfromZR8
    trailing arm bushings: http://www.jhpusa.com/catalog/product_info...376943be62c5f91
     
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    i would go with a pressin urathane kit the solid bearing tend to make the ride really rigid
     
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    Using spherical bearings on suspension pieces is a major upgrade from the stock rubber bushings. Although, they have no vibration dampening so you will feel vibrations much more. Your handling and steering feel will increase.
    There are very good companies that make high quality spherical bearings and rod ends (can't remember right now). But if you want to have a street car that handles well enough for occasional track days, I would upgrade to polyurethane bushings.
     
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    I think that J's racing sells the rear trailing arm bushing. Problem is, for a non pure track veichle, its extreme overkill, and will make the ride extremly rough.
     
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    Hmmmmmm I'm really digging those spherical bearings. I'm going to have to remember where those links are for later. ;)

    The radius arm bearings look like they'll do the job in place of a full traction bar / cross member replacement for about half the cost, but I would leave the other bushings out and use polyurethane if you're going to drive the car regularly on the street.
     
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