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Front shackle bushings-question

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by wasted wages, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. wasted wages

    wasted wages 3/4 ton status

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    I installed an offroad design shackle kit with greaseable bolts and the spring eye bushings have only lasted about a year. the sides of the bushings are mashed out on the spring side and the front end now pops as the wheels are turned as the springs slide sideways in the bushings.
    Is this about the norm for bushing life? Or is something causing excessive sideload on the bushings.I do not have a sway bar in the truck.
     
  2. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    Depending on the age, you might have the older softer bushings in there now. We have a harder stronger bushing available now. We sell a replacement bushing kit for a good price to existing shackle customers.
    Reduced bushing life is to be expected with this particular application because the bushings are just small parts and get a lot of load on them.
    Keep in mind the older softer compound bushings are the same compound that comes in most aftermarket springs, so this is a chronic GM problem.
     
  3. sublmnl1990

    sublmnl1990 1/2 ton status

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    could be to tight also.
     

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