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Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? #4812339
07/12/18 01:52 PM
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I've been trying to figure out how to torque lower control arm bushings with the suspension loaded (clearance issues), but do polyurethane bushings even need to be torqued with the suspension loaded?


1997 Maxima 195k, Castrol GTX Synblend 5W-30, FL400S
2004 Corolla 196k, VWB 5w20 + SSS 10w40, MGL4967
Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: zorobabel] #4812378
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It shouldn't need to since the lubed urethane bushing rides on the inner sleeve instead of the sleeve being bonded to the rubber bushing.

That said, what do the instructions say?

Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4812400
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^ This.


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Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: zorobabel] #4812514
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Thanks, it is what made sense to me, but figured I'd ask. Now I have to search for the instructions.


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2004 Corolla 196k, VWB 5w20 + SSS 10w40, MGL4967
Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: zorobabel] #4812520
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Normally yes they do. Spherical rod ends do not.


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Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: bdcardinal] #4812539
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?. If they are just a static bushing in with a sleeve through the middle why would they need to be torqued in any position, there is no bonding to the shell hence not stress on the material.




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Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: zorobabel] #4813068
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These are the instructions, and this is what it looks like:



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Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: zorobabel] #4813298
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Torquing that with the weight of the car on it, off it, upside down, right side up or on its back isn't going to make a lick of difference. No bonded to metal material = no stress or tearing that simple.


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Re: Do poly bushings need to be torqued loaded? [Re: zorobabel] #4821265
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I've changed the bushings this Saturday, I torqued the pivot arm off the car. Surprisingly this one (driver side) was easy to pivot after torqueing, I remember having to loosen the nut to move it (under the car though) when installing the passenger side.
Thanks for the replies!


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