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Old 24-09-2009, 15:57   #1
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At 5 years old i'm guessing that the OEM bushes will be past their best - and though i'm probably still a few years off MOT problems it pays to think ahead and consider something like the powerflex bushes to tighten up all thats become loose in the suspension dept.

I remember that for the F these were said to transform the car - can't say that i've heard many shouting about putting Poly bushes on TF's though, and maybe a harder bush in a car thats already less then "forgiving" in ride comfort terms may not be the best plan...

That said i'd still be tempted on longevity and preventative maintenance terms. So thought a thread to gather information about poly bush options for the TF was a good idea. Opinions anyone?
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erm, would be interested in this myself for a TF, as not many threads about the TF.
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Old 24-09-2009, 20:03   #3
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I think one of the main stubbing block is the cost of a full set.

www.polybush.co.uk/shop/451_MGTF

http://forums.mg-rover.org/showthread.php?t=208071

I put a full set on my Midget - one of the best things I did to that car.
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to be honest that's quite cheap compared to what Ipayed for my metro!! nearly 80 quid!

oh and thanks for the link!!
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Try this guy not sure if there is a difference between f and TF kits but i got mine for 63 + 9.99 postage

http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Flo-fl...__W0QQ_armrsZ1
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not sure if there is a difference between f and TF
they are different, IIRC it was quite a while before any were available for the TF - maybe a few overlap though
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I put a full set on my Midget - one of the best things I did to that car.
Thanks for the links Chris - not been tempted to go for it with the TF then? - yours must surely be getting towards the point when bush replacement becomes a matter of obligation rather than choice.

I agree price is a little on the steep side for a few bits of injection moulded plastic though - no alternative manufacturer i suppose?

must be a decent profit margin there - maybe scope for a group buy?
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Most of the "bushes" on the TF rear suspension are rose joints, so unless they're worn a poly bush would make things worse.
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Old 28-09-2009, 21:15   #9
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Most of the "bushes" on the TF rear suspension are rose joints
er - dont think so
there are a pair of TRE's if thats what you mean
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Thanks for the links Chris - not been tempted to go for it with the TF then? - yours must surely be getting towards the point when bush replacement becomes a matter of obligation rather than choice.

I agree price is a little on the steep side for a few bits of injection moulded plastic though - no alternative manufacturer i suppose?

must be a decent profit margin there - maybe scope for a group buy?
I would love to fit a set with some new dampers but it's all money, I will probably fit as and when the bushes need replacing.

I think the high cost is to cover the R&D done for a relatively small batch of parts.
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I think the high cost is to cover the R&D done for a relatively small batch of parts.
telling me - seems hardy anyone has actually fitted em!
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telling me - seems hardy anyone has actually fitted em!
mgtf nut has them all fitted, he's testing the latest for the lower rear link outer bush for Polybush, hopefully they may eventually produce a kit for the rear long link centre joints, he's very happy with them. I agree that their pricing structure is a tad off putting.
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Well they're not rubber bushes anyway, the short control arm outer and long arm inner bush seem to be a metal pivot with protective rubber boots. As they don't flex, just rotate and pivot about, I don't see how a polybush is going to make things any better, assuming there's no play in them. Would have thought any flexing bush (poly or rubber) would be worse as the control arms could then change length under load. Perhaps someone could explain?

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