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Old 11-14-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Poly stanchion bushings-Are sleeves needed?

I may be ordering a pair of poly stanchion bushings and I don't know if they still use the sleeves like the factory ones.
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I may be ordering a pair of poly stanchion bushings and I don't know if they still use the sleeves like the factory ones.
There was just a discussion of these on Saabcentral... reviews are not all that great. Claims are that they quickly wear and cause lateral movement issues.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #3
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Yeah, ive heard good and bad about them. Mostly about them being harsh. Never wear related though. Ill have to check that thread out. Thanks.
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I really hope that's not true...I just ordered some.
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They come with sleeves.

I've had them on for about a year. I just recently developed a clunk, I will have to check them out.
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Please do. Also, check to see if your stanchion arm has hit the subframe right near the bushing.
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I don't see how the poly is an upgrade. The stanchion arm bushing is a ball in socket type setup, its pretty much metal on metal.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:51 PM   #9
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I don't see how the poly is an upgrade. The stanchion arm bushing is a ball in socket type setup, its pretty much metal on metal.
i thought all of the stanchion bushings came in the GS poly set , and i banged that metal sleeve out like a caveman, no press under this tree and so far all is good......and im pretty sure that the poly bushing will in no way fit unless you take that sleeve out , but im not a mechanic , not even really close
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I do believe the stanchion arm bushing being referred to in this thread are on the rear control arm (stanchion arm) that bolts to the rear subframe bolt, not the bushing in the middle of the control arm.
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I do believe the stanchion arm bushing being referred to in this thread are on the rear control arm (stanchion arm) that bolts to the rear subframe bolt, not the bushing in the middle of the control arm.

Correct.

I believe I will just get a pair of factory ones.
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I will be swapping back to the factory ones when i have some downtime. Poly ones definitely do not seem worth it.
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Yeah it does seem that way. The Abbot spherical ones are a good upgrade but they just cost too much unfortunately.
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Having just put these in hoping it'd cure a clunk in the front right (it didn't, probably strut mount), I can tell you it's not worth the effort. If you have full poly up front aside from these, they are a massive pain in the ass to install and get everything back in and tightened up. Is it stiffer? I don't really know. Did I want to roll the car off a cliff? Yes. I think I'd rather drop the trans again than deal with these.
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So how hard is it to swap in stock bushings in comparison?

Do aftermarket arms come with a good bushing or is the factory saab stanchion arm the only good one? I don't even see a factory bushing for sale. Eeuro only has aftermarket ones.
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As cheap as I can find aftermarket stanchion arms, I can replace them quite a few times before the SAAB arms become cheaper.
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So how hard is it to swap in stock bushings in comparison?
Stock bushings need to be pressed in with a large press. I took my original arms to a shop and had them press in a pair of original style Scantech bushings. The guy there thought they were pretty odd looking, but managed to do it. He said it took some effort, though.
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