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    Default Hq chassis bushes poor quality

    https://i.imgur.com/krF1ZFq.jpg. hi there just wondering if anyone has had problems with there chassis mount bushes these ones in pic were purchased about 10 or so years ago and fitted to my hq and they are in terrible condition splitting and falling to bits where the factory 40 year old ones are still intact bit squashed but relatively good I got them from rare spares I've now fitted another set from rare spares (stupid me)I'm worried now they will do the same thing does anyone know if better auto rubber and resto spares use the same rubber I'm about to fit the motor and all the lines and don't want to have to stuff around in the future and have to replace them again I'm interested to here peoples opinions on the matter cheers

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    hi
    Rubber bushes do deteriorate if u use them or not . Rubber looses its moisture therefore its flexibility . Place new old stock into service and it can split and tear . Very similar to tyres . I have found u still get some life outa the bush but generally plan for its replacement .
    Upper inner front wishbone bushes do this . I found them to crack up within a few years of install but still be ok for a few more years .

    In select Hq bushes Makay bushes are far far superior to Kelpro. Both are made overseas.

    eurathane --fit only to high wear rate areas in a HQ etc upper inner wishbone and H/duty lower wishbone front.
    Some eurathane falls apart/degrades after 10 years . The better brands donot . Also some material is so hard it wears away steel . The better brands donot .

    Do u have a full or half [sedan ] chassis???

    Use silver grade never seize on the bolts and tension to factory spec .

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    I have been told that GM A body [ Chevelle, Pontiac GTO, buick Skylark etc ] body-frame bushes are the same as the HQ. A company called Ames Performance in the US has high quality bushes & they will send by Post Office to keep shipping cost down. I have their bushes on my GTO, 20 yrs now, still in good cond.

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    Hi I have a wagon so half chassis....is it possible to replace the bushes without removing the whole front end and engine-auto.....I was thinking maybe there might be some kind of oil that I put on the bushes that encases the rubber and protects it from the elements

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    It might be the environment they are in maybe ??....it might have a effect on them....cheers

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    Hi
    I have a sedan so 1/2 chassis also . I would be interested if others have done it also [front 4x bushes ] .
    Have u done the 4x rear unbody ?? These can be done by placing jack stands under the wishbones and having the front 4 loose and then u can remove the back 4 .


    I replaced originals in approx. 90`s and again in 2019 , so they do last but not forever . In the 90`s I had the chassis ,engine ,transmission out .

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampy View Post

    In select Hq bushes Makay bushes are far far superior to Kelpro. Both are made overseas.
    Mackay... used to be made here in Oz, at their plant in SE Melbourne 'burbs. Sad really ..

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    HI
    Yup its sad but to be expected the copy brands eg Kelpro cannot even get it right .

    There is obviously a down turn in parts sales for even the more common cars. Rare spares is only one but many companies are either doing the occasional batch run or not at all . Some are ""remaining stock only "" . The wash up to this is then the cheap ripoff brands will only be left . Many many small parts are disappearing from stock .

    The Kelpro suit RTS HZ-WB heavy duty stiffer rubber bush . [does suit HQ--HX] [light duty bush wears out ]
    front, lower inner, front bush
    Its is to short by 3mm ,so it cannot self align when trying to be installed . Used H/duty version of supa pro


    What people have to remember is a lot of stock is not being produced !!
    This is not the USA eventually if not already parts are getting harder to source . The ebay ripoffs are doing themselves a disservice for Holdens . Remember there are far better cars out there .

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    Hi! Rubber and plastic surfaces may be altered by cracking, developing chalky or dusty surfaces, or becoming sticky. Colour changes may be caused by reactions that change the molecules of the polymers that constitute plastics and rubbers, or by changes in dyes or pigments that accompany general deterioration.
    so you should change yearly or check so you can assure that its still useful or not.

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