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Been on just over a year and just over 30k, shot to pieces. The originals did just short of a 100k but when I lowered they only lasted a few more thousand miles.

I've still got the old(old) ones hanging on the garage wall as was considering going down the powerflex route but am not convinced that they will last any longer.

Has anyone had powerflex bushes on for a substantial milage ?

And, can you fit them yourself ? I've always thought you need a bench press.

It's either the powerflex route or by the looks of it having consumable / throwaway lower arms every 30k.

I suppose I could get a garage to press new bushes into the old arms ?

I dunno, I looking for some of you poweflexed boys to turn round and say you've them on for 50k, running wide 19's and that you consistantly loon it around bends.
 

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Funnily enough I was just about to come on and have a rant/ask about alternatives to powerflex.

My car spec is -35/40 springs, Bilstien B4 Dampers, Monty 2's

Ive got a full poly setup.

Fronts went at 5k miles, (Fitted with a home made press)

My current set are making all manner of interesting noises at about 8k, (Fitted by a garage with a press)

I drive the car like a loon, Most of my commute is backlanes etc so......

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ddont dare inspect as i know what I will find, Think time I will be
going to their head office and inserting the wishbone sideways up the
MD's A-Hole, Its ridiculous to boast to be better over standard and
only last 5mins due to the fact they are too rigid.

This is the first set after 5k.

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Not good, not the news I was hoping to hear.

The replacement set I've got on have done most of their miles with heavy RS4 reps on. I'm running back on the lightweight standard Avus II's now so when I swap them out again, hopefully they will last longer.

I'd be gutted if I'd gone with powerflex and they'd only lasted as yours have.
 

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My V5 has been running a set of Powerflex bushes all round for over 2 years, 40K lowered 35mm with an Eibach ARBs and haven't suffered a failure yet.

I'm off on a trackday on Saturday, second time this year, so I really can't argue that the car gets a good beating now and then.
 

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My V5 has been running a set of Powerflex bushes all round for over 2 years, 40K lowered 35mm with an Eibach ARBs and haven't suffered a failure yet.

I'm off on a trackday on Saturday, second time this year, so I really can't argue that the car gets a good beating now and then.
Much appreciated response there.

Adds a little balance.

I have to admit the replacement arms currently on the car are pattern items, not genuine VW though.
 

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Theres other people who have had problems.

ReflexTdi had the
same kind of aggro ive had, But I beleive one of his bushes popped out
on a trackday, He did forward me a laod of info between him and
powerflex, Though I never needed to pull that one out of the bag.

What do the Americans do? I presume they dont export Powerflex ones over there.
 

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mine are shot to pieces too!! I was looking at Leon Cupra R bushes, as i believe these to be uprated OEM. Lean uses the same wishbone as the golf, so cant see why it wouldnt be a problem! i did do a post, but no1 replied [:'(] surely some1 with EKTA could find out!
 

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Jacked the car up tonight, As expected, Totally shot, Worse than the
first photo by a long way, Can get my pinkie in the gp between the
sleeve and rubber.

Will be investigating Lean Cupra R ones this weekend myself.
 

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please keep us posted!! really need some1 with some knowledge about these things!

i know ECS tuning sell uprated rubber ones, there is a pic on there! but no info anywhere about LCR ones!

these are the uprated rubber ones ECS sell

This bushing comes from another VW/Audi model & is a much heavier
duty bushing. See comparison pictures for details. This kit does NOT come with the front bushings.
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and their uprated polyurethene ones!

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cheers for that! thats really intersting! my engine code is listed there! AHF, so obv are the same! however, the (3) & (4) have two different engine codes! AMK and BAM are they the LCR 210 and 225 by any chance??? this is looking a bit more hopeful!

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Hi Paul,

If you checkout Powerflex's website it shows the Lean/Golf4 bushes as the same numbers which says to me they are the same.

Will defo be doing it this weekend if I can get the bits, Shall take photo's if all goes well.

Chris
 

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cool, but i have been reading that the LCR has S3 components up front, as it shares engines. Those engine codes in that pic are definately for the LCR as those codes are the same as the s3's engines! next q is are the actual arms the same size to accomdate those bushes!

which ones are u getting? the 3 & 4 or (3) & (4) or something else??
 

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I will be buying the number 3, I will retain the powerflex front one as this is perfect.

its just the way the arms moves at the rear that causes the problem, Its too stiff and needs more voids in it.

I will just buy them and see, Its only a few quid, Ive a set of arms off the car to try them out on.
 

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Yes, please keep us posted on how you get on.

I'd be particularly interested on how you get em in and out of the wishbone.

Any ideas on the cost for just the bushes ? Are they available on their own ?
 

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God knows, Will buy the arms if I cant get them seperate, have a feeling they will be special order though.

Ive
got a hydraulic press, Which is cheating a bit, I fitted/removed the
previous ones with a home made puller/press (Threaded bar, Some plate
and (very)large sockets)

It needs to be sorted one way or
another, The ones ECS sell are OEM bushes so I would imagine its a
direct replacement, The Lower arm looks no different in all honesty
from the photo's
 

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poerflex are crap... for the wishbone bushes show above... great for
all else .. but if you regualarily use full suspension travel (ie going
up a kerb or a driveway at full lock) they pull themselves out.. I have
done 4 bushes in 2000 miles and am not impressed as at £50 an
alignement its not cheap.

so now I will be buying some TT ones same as the cupra, however they also need bonding in aswell as prssing.

anyone confirm fitting as per the ELSA instructions?
 

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I bought a set of om arms today as I want to sort them this weekend.

This will mean i'll have two spare sets of shot arms if anyone wants a pair to experiment on ?

Next time, in errr 30k'ish I'll make sure I'm prepared with new bushes in one of my spare sets of arms.

I'd be really interested to learn how you all get on with the LCR / TT arms / bushes as next time i'll whack some on.
 

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nice1, sounds like your car really is chewing the arms up! 3 lots of them floating about now! :)

here is a pic of a TT arm, so, the whole arm looks like its out the window as its totally different, unless the LCR one is different! bushes maybe the same though!

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i dont know, i'm not competent to change the bushes on the suspension arm! tried earlier this year an couldnt even undo the bolts! plus i remember putting powerflex ones in my escort and ended up splitting the CV boot! doh

looks like we await what Cyrix is gonna do!
 

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That arm does look completely different but at the same time the same as a MK4 arm; the only way to tell would be to lay one on top of the other and take some careful measurements.

I reckon that would fit straight on to be honest.

The subframe end I would assume is the same, the critical diension would be the length of the arm which would effect camber.

I bet someone on here knows the answer ?
 
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