If your vehicle's tires are not pointing straight to the road, it is possible that its camber angle has been compromised. Your tires will soon have an uneven wear, more on the side of the tires where the weight of the vehicle is oriented to. This problem does not automatically require you to replace your control arms. The first thing that you need to check is your control arm bushing, which is the component that prevents metal-to-metal contact between the end of the control arm and the vehicle frame. When this bushing is worn, the connection between the control arm and the frame will be changed, causing the tires to orient in an awkward way. Bring back the proper vertical alignment of your tires by installing a quality bushing from Energy Suspension. But before buying, let us see if this brand's product is better than others.
- Four bushings for two control arms
- With four center metal sleeves
- With Formula 5 pre-lubes
- Made of Hyper-Flex polyurethane
- Carries a two-year Energy Suspension limited warranty
We tested this component on a Mazda BT-50 and a Nissan Navara, and here is what we have to say:
- The bushings for the BT-50 and the Navara came with enough lubrication, so we were able to install them with just a C-clamp and a vise.
- The component was definitely good-quality. The polyurethane material would provide enough dampening for a softer ride. The inner and outer metal sleeves were finely made and held the polyurethane bushing secure.
- When we drove the two vehicles, we experienced a generally better handling, especially with the five-year-old Navara. The alignment of the wheels seemed to have improved, and we could really see that they were vertically oriented to and had a flat contact with the road.
- When we hit 60 mph with the Navara, we heard a terrible squeaking at the steering wheel. When we slowed down a bit, the squeaking became quieter, but we felt bad that it was still there. It was probably with the installation, but we were unsure about that.
- This product is a little more expensive than other brands.
These Energy Suspension control arm bushings seem to be a good bet when you need to replace your toasted and worn bushings. They are made of quality materials, come with a longer warranty compared with other brands, and are just a few dollars more expensive than competing products. Just make sure to buy the right set for the make and model of your truck in order to avoid fitting hassles.