You can never discount the importance of having quality bushings in your car. These rubber or polyurethane fittings help in cushioning friction, noise, and movement in the moving parts of the car, especially those in the suspension system. Without these bushings, you will experience sloppy handling, thus decreasing driving enjoyment. Sometimes, the lack of quality bushings will create annoyance on your part (in case of clunking and other such sounds) or make your ride dangerous (in case of play in the steering system). If you want the moving parts of your car to last longer and perform better, make sure that all bushings are replaced when needed. And to have a better deal, look for brands like Energy Suspension that sells a master bushing kit for the suspension system. But before buying its product, let us first put it under scrutiny.
- Made of polyurethane
- Resistant to oil, coolant, and road contaminants
- Sold in set
- Carries a two-year Energy Suspension limited warranty
We installed this master bushing set on a Dodge Charger and a GMC Yukon, and here is what we have to say:
- The kit came complete with all the bushings for the suspension, including those for the front control arms, front and rear sway bars, rear trailing arms, and manual transmission shifter.
- The installation of the components was relatively easy. The only challenge was that each piece (or a pair of them) belonged to separate suspension parts. The replacement procedure took almost half a day to complete.
- When driving the Charger and the Yukon, we experienced a considerable reduction in wheel hop. The overall vibration in the suspension was also reduced.
- We enjoyed the ride with the two vehicles on the highway because of the stiffer shifting and steering feel.
- It turned out that these polyurethane bushings needed occasional greasing because of their design that allowed the lubricant to drip out of them. Also, re-greasing was necessary in order to keep them from squeaking.
- The engine mount inserts installed on the Yukon were a bit too stiff, creating a kind of vibration in the chassis.
- No installation manual came with the set. We could have used of the tip about using a heat gun when installing the sub-frame bushing to free ourselves of some hassles.
With a price between 100 and 200 dollars, this Energy Suspension master bushing kit seems to be a good deal. Each component generally looks good. We had a better handling of the two test cars we used, and with correct installation, you would surely be able to achieve the same for your ride. Buy this kit if you are planning to do an annual maintenance of your suspension system.