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    bit of an update guys about the pros/cons regarding the powerflex bushes.
    when i said a was a bit dissapointed with the bushes i may have been a bit harsh.
    they do work the front feels tighter, and very responsive, however there was a knocking/clunking noise that was bad, now after a few days of driving its gone away?
    i checked all my work and everything was tight, ball joints fine, i checked them when did the bushes and it passed the mot last week.
    is it normal for these bushes to be realy tight when fitting and they need to bed in?
     
     

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    Don't know about Power flex bushes but I have used Superflex on a Toyota Corolla that I had. WOW made the car feel like a roller skate without being too harsh.
    Would recomend them every time...
    Just got to find the right ones for my e36 compact now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L16YD L View Post
    I cant feel the difference if im brutally honest. If your car handles like mine use to, your wishbones might need replacing more than your bushes. The only reason why i changed mine was that i was doing the wishbones and thought i would do the bushes at the same time.

    Doing the wishbones, bushes and lowering the car makes the car handle totally different and i enjoy driving the car without the worry of me losing it.
    I've done the wishbones, but still not 100% happy, so think I'm going to take the plunge and fit some this month or next. Did you do yours yourself? I'm toying with the DIY option at the mo, but we'll see.

    I may do my rear trailing arm bushes as well.
     
     

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    Hope this doesn't count as thread hijack, but seeing as a few of us are planning to do the job soon, can I just ask, which way should the new powerflex bushes be pressed in. I got my lollipops from a user on here, so I haven't seen how they come off the car yet, and haven't got the car right now to check.

    Is it like this?



    or like this?



    (and before anyone asks, yes I have read the powerflex instructions, in which the pictures, if you look carefully enough, show them both ways round, so one of them has been inserted wrongly!!)

    In my pics, if you can't quite make it out, the chamfered edge of the black powerflex bush is pointing upwards.

    Help would be appreciated please guys.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_c View Post
    I've done the wishbones, but still not 100% happy, so think I'm going to take the plunge and fit some this month or next. Did you do yours yourself? I'm toying with the DIY option at the mo, but we'll see.

    I may do my rear trailing arm bushes as well.
    Whats is doing that makes you unhappy with it? Its hard to do yourself but can be done. Fortunately i have a mate who works at Vauxhall and he pushed it out for me. If you know anyone or if you get the bushes off and take them to a garage im sure they will push it out and put the new ones in for you.

    Was thinking about doing them but not too sure, will see as i need to get a new rear wiper motor and arm and i want to refurb my wheels.
     
     

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    why is the hole in the power flex bush not round? does it fit over a hexagon shaped bar on the wish bone?
    This is the 1 off the pass it on thread isn't it! if you have these already, that must meen the previous user has already put them on, can you pm him and find out? also ask if he can post his results up here.
    Ps how much did you pay for the bushes? my rear 1s are costing £21 each, havn't priced fronts yet. raer are suposed to be to hard to do at home, so getting fitted for £90, will do the fronts myself. Keep me informed to your progress russ. we might all be able to put a how to together.
    Is that end chamfered to ease the fitting?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    why is the hole in the power flex bush not round? does it fit over a hexagon shaped bar on the wish bone?
    This is the 1 off the pass it on thread isn't it! if you have these already, that must meen the previous user has already put them on, can you pm him and find out? also ask if he can post his results up here.
    Ps how much did you pay for the bushes? my rear 1s are costing £21 each, havn't priced fronts yet. raer are suposed to be to hard to do at home, so getting fitted for £90, will do the fronts myself. Keep me informed to your progress russ. we might all be able to put a how to together.
    Yes indeed they are mate, they'll be on their way to you soonest

    And yep, the stub at the back of the control arm is hexagon shaped, and yes, the chamfer is supposed to ease the fitting, but the black bush material is s*dding stiff - I'll be asking some lads at work to sort them out for me..

    I thought by asking here about the way to insert them we'd all benefit from the answer. My bushes cost me £40 from Camberley Auto Factors (call before making the journey - I got the last pair on the shelf but they'll get some more in soon enough I bet...)

    There are 'how to' threads already knocking around, a search will reveal those, and even a youtube vid I found

    They make it look soooo easy!

    If anyone knows for sure which way round they go, we're all ears.

    Cheers easy.
     
     

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    good find on vid.
     
     

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    Good find but it doesnt show you how to push out the metal cowling that holds the bushe.
     
     

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