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Old 12-10-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Are prothane swaybar bushing suppose to be noisy?

I recently installed svt front and rear sway arms with new prothane bushings on my mk1 zx3.

They squeak all the time at every single bump and imperfection on the road.

I did use the super grease it came with it but it sounds like an old worn out spring mattress!!!

Are they breaking in? This can be normal at all!


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I've had mine in for three years and I haven't had a squeak yet.

I just remembered that you have to use clamping collars (or a piece of heater hose with hose clamps) on both ends of the swaybar. The reason is the swaybar will "walk" on the bushings because they don't "lock" into the swaybar indentations like the stock ones.
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Is that for front and rear?
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Is that for front and rear?
Yes..
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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I'm just gonna replace them to stock replacement bushings. I can't stand the noise anymore. The fronts where sucha a bitch to do I cursed myself I would never do it again but here we go...working in 32 degree weather ftw!
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #6
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http://www.polybushings.com/pages/bushinglube.html
http://www.alloutracing.com/store/sp...-tube-902.html
http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...shing-Lube.asp

Did you lube everything up good with the supplied grease? Pretty sure any silicone based grease will do. I wish all suspension fittings came with zirks...
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Yes I did use their supplied lube creeks and sqeeks all over the place still.
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did you over tighten the sway bar mounts that go around the bushings? ive read that over tightening them (to the point where there is no visible split in the bushing) can cause noise and binding. from what I understand there should be ~1mm gap or so in the bushing. if you have the bushing on the bar, hold it firmly around bar and whatever gap you see there should be what you see on the car when the mounts are tight. some people use fender trim washers to get the fit perfect while still being able to tighten the bolts fully.
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I've had mine in for three years and I haven't had a squeak yet.

I just remembered that you have to use clamping collars (or a piece of heater hose with hose clamps) on both ends of the swaybar. The reason is the swaybar will "walk" on the bushings because they don't "lock" into the swaybar indentations like the stock ones.
Thats what I'd say^^^^^^^^ Some of the front bars did walk back & forth slightley= hence the squeaks. Try joncing or pushing down on the front end & listen for your squeaks.
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