Body bushings metal vs polyurethane?

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    JOEY72camaro Member

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    Was wonder if anyone has used any of them I need new body bushings and I was thinking about going with metal because that has 3 different height settings I like the way the car sits right now would poly body bushings make the car raise up any or would the height stay the same?
     
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    The reason most do not like poly, as some have reported squeaks with it, and only some metal bushings allow for height changes.
     
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    Metal all the way, you won't regret it.
     

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    I have metal in my car from PTFB. That being said metal body bushings will increase NVH (noise, vibration, harshness). Some people notice it, some do not. Most don't mind it. If you are going to install sub frame connectors, metal is the way to go. If no sub frame connectors, poly will work IF the bushings, subframe and body are liberally coated with the silicone grease meant for poly where they all touch each other. Wear gloves as it is the stickiest stuff on the planet and tough to get off your hands. Have done many this way with no squeaking over the long haul.
     
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    I bought solids from Kieth at Custom Works, good service, good product.
     
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    Poly body bushings shouldn't squeak because they don't rotate. But they can distort over time

    IMO if you're using subframe connectors then use solid ones. If not use replacement rubber ones.

    For a street car I'd probably not bother with anything other than normal height. Shorter ones can cause some clearance issues.
     
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    My Camaro has the short bushings, sucks to get the trans crossmember out. Put poly bushings in an S-10. Took them out after 2 days. Put new rubber back in.
     
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    Hmmm.. I've been running poly subframe bushings for probably 25 years and have never had one squeak out of them, nor have they distorted (I was inspecting them a while back when I had the car up for an oil change).

    I also run subframe connectors for about the same amount of time, so maybe that took some of the loads off of them.
     
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    Did it change the ride height at all with the new poly bushings?
     
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    I don't believe so
     

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