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    I have some for the bar itself and the endlinks laying around for both front and rear sway bars. Anyone find that its worth it to install them? I have stock bars both front and rear on my S14.

    I've heard that to make life easier is to wrap the sway bar in teflon tape where the bushing itself goes instead of running syn grease which gets smushed out of the bushing eventually.

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    Pretty sure the poly bushings help make the most out of the bars, as well as the endlinks.

    I've not gone poly bushings yet, but I did replace the rubber bushings on the endlinks with poly bushings up front, hopefully that helps and I can feel a difference.
    http://sosideways.wordpress.com/

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    • #3
      The poly bushing do make a difference, basically the bar comes into play sooner. With the stock rubber guys you end up with probably an inch of deflection before the bar finally takes a set, the poly ones are much firmer and make for a faster response.

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      • #4
        Hmm, I guess I'll put them on tomarrow and see if it was worth the effort.

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        • #5
          es makes a sway bar bracket that has a zerk fitting for the front bar. it fits my 30mm tanabe bar quite well.

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          • #6
            Made a big difference in my SE-R, when I installed them.
            Between rides...unless you count a WD21...

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            • #7
              I never noticed the difference myself, but then again I didn't notice a tire 10psi low on the track one time. (then again it was the inside front.. it's not on the ground very much anyway!)

              You can also easily drill your factory (or the ES) brackets for a zerk fitting and drill a small hole in the bushing. then cut a couple small grooves across the inside of the bushing from where the new hole is. that will allow the grease to spread across the bushing and you're good.
              Originally posted by SoSideways
              I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
              '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
              '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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              • #8
                The height of most of these cars really makes crawling underneath with a grease gun a major PITA. I suggested the Teflon tape to Longfellow. Waaaaay back in the day, I put a front sway bar on my Tercel (which doesn't come with one!) and used ES brackets/poly bushings. It squeaked a ton over bumps. Adding grease would only cure it for about a weeks worth of short commutes. The only thing that fixed it long term was wrapping the bar in Teflon tape a few times where the bushing went, then reinstalling it. I don't recall ever having to update it or having the squeaks again. Hey, I heard your mom is going out with Squeak!
                She's built like a Steakhouse, but she handles like a Bistro.

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                • #9
                  So far the teflon is holding up well enough, I need to flip the passenger side bushing though because its not sitting correctly on the bar, so it actually sounds like it might be loose. I'll check that out over the weekend.

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                  • #10
                    I've used the teflon thing with good results too. Just thought I'd offer my experiences with the grease fittings as well. But yeah, teflon is cheap and easy.

                    ... and if you get the black poly bushings, you *shouldn't* have to worry about them squeaking anyway!
                    Originally posted by SoSideways
                    I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                    '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                    '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                    • #11
                      My rear uprights have the poly/grease fitting setup, I just figured I'd try the tape method because I was hoping it would last longer since it wouldnt get squished out like the grease would.

                      I dont think I've come across the hyperflex kit in black, I've only found them in red, which is what I bought way back when.

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                      • #12
                        The full-car bushing kit? I got one in black about 4-5 years ago. S14 front, Z32 rear.
                        As for the sway bars, I don't remember what's on there. whatever came with my ST sways. no squeaks at all out of it. then again, I can't hear much over the engine and road noise coming through the floor.
                        Originally posted by SoSideways
                        I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                        '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                        '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                        • #13
                          mine dosnt squeek so far as I can tell.

                          And yes I have bought the full kit. But I only used it for the sway bars, rear upright and flcas.

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                          • #14
                            I'm gunna make my swaybar bushings out of delrin!

                            function > form
                            1990 240sx fastback: IN PROGRESS

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                            • #15
                              Eventually I plan to make a speed bar. Its not that hard and since I got rid of alot of stuff in the engine bay I have alot of room to play with. I already have the plans made. I'll probably do it at the end of summer or something. I already have some 1" SS tubing to use as the main bar and some plate aluminum to use as the bolt on connecting arms.

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