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#1 User is offline   coombsfh 

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:15 AM

Dear all,



I am looking at poly bushing my car.I like to drive with moderate vim most of the time and occasionally I willenjoy an empty road at speed. I have a few questions that have sprung fromsearching this forum and the internet.



If I were to replace the bushes thatthe powerflex set from pumaspeed (Bush link)with ford bushes, roughly how much would it cost?



If I were to powerflex it, why isthe ford racing puma bush (1042691) classed as "uprated" and why is it soexpensive when I google it. In the search function, it can apparently be hadfor as little as 13/14.



Finally, are polybushes somethingthat insurance companies need telling about or are they just classed as likefor like since no modification is needed.



Thanks in advance for all the help.



Fred.



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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:18 PM

The racing puma bush is solid, the standard bush has holes in... they used to be available from Ford cheap, but Ford sold all racing puma parts to pumaspeed (I think) so those parts cost a lot more now!

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:39 PM

The increase in the price of the so called 'FRP bush'..is just purely down to Ford ran out of that item..when it came back in stock it came in at a new price 30+VAT each..

nothing to do with ford clearing out the parts or pumaspeed... as that is not a specific FRP part, it's just a bush!.. the whole arm extended would have been the actual 909 FRP part...

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:19 PM

Polys in the rear beam are bad news, makes the car awful on coarse or broken tarmac. I tried them and removed them in preference to new standard bushes - they were that awful.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:24 AM

rear polyies are not good for everday driving but i have them because when my car is driveable (only did 60 ish miles in it last year and none the year before) the last thing i think of is ride comfort. its got a harder lower suspension set up, manuel steering, hard bucket seats and 3/4 poly bushed all round. im in the middle of fitting a roll cage and making up a custom front suspension set up and a full frp body kit (of which i produce) so with all this in mindmineis hard hahaha. you need to set your car up how you want it and if you dont want it to be harder than the standard car then dont upgrade from standard. i have a nice comfy mondeo as a daily so i dont care how hard on my body my puma is ;)/> i bit off topic but oh well hahaha

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:54 PM

Mine is poly bushed all round with AP coilovers and lowered. I personally dont mind the harsh ride as an every day drive. It all depends on what you are looking for.
On the plus side my wife hates it and therefore rarely wants to borrow my car or even sit in it when going out.



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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:56 PM

View PostKizza, on 12 March 2013 - 11:24 AM, said:

rear polyies are not good for everday driving but i have them because when my car is driveable (only did 60 ish miles in it last year and none the year before) the last thing i think of is ride comfort. its got a harder lower suspension set up, manuel steering, hard bucket seats and 3/4 poly bushed all round. im in the middle of fitting a roll cage and making up a custom front suspension set up and a full frp body kit (of which i produce) so with all this in mindmineis hard hahaha. you need to set your car up how you want it and if you dont want it to be harder than the standard car then dont upgrade from standard. i have a nice comfy mondeo as a daily so i dont care how hard on my body my puma is Posted Image/> i bit off topic but oh well hahaha

cheers Kieran (FiberBuild)


But does it ultimately make it quicker round a circuit?

Hard doesn't always mean fast, I think the old shocks on my Puma are now stiffening up, and swapping to some newer (softer) shock will actually make the car more forgiving and provide a damned site more grip as the tyres are correctly loaded to provide grip, rather than skipping across the surface.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

You have been out in my FRP driven "briskly" Fred.
I have powerflex bushes in the rear beam and obviously the firmer FRP bushes in the front wishbones.
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 09:48 PM

I have no idea why anyone is saying the poly bushes make the car hard or skittish! On my second puma and just today fitted rear polys again , nothing but an improvement in ride and handling . The standard bushes are shite and think it just makes perfect sense to fit the poly. I have used the Flo-Flex ones both times and have no complaints, theyre very cost effective and easy to fit.


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