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    s3 front wishbone bushes

    Hi,

    Been told my front wishbone bushes are knackered. Any advice on whether I should stick to oem or powerflex? Any ideas on how much effort is required to replace the bushes? Been bent over a few times and not enjoyed the experience...
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    Just replaced mine for powerflex . Its fairly simple to do too about a 3-4 hour job .I had to burn the old ones out .

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    Cheers John. Will have a look on ebay to see if I can get some powerflex ones...
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    A lot of people will run standard, as the standard bushes provide a comfortable ride and are durable enough.

    However, i chose powerflex bushes, bought from Damian from DPM / Awesome Gti and they are great...albeit that vibration and ride quality is now affected. Each to his own.

    Personally, i'd also get them fitted by a VAG fitter as he had the appropriate pressing tools to do the job quicker than standard machanics or at home. I paid 2 hours labour to have mine done front and rear...about £90 cash.
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    Does anyone know the Part number for the TT non voided bushes?

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    Powerflex in the front and OEM TT ones in the rear as they are solid and not voided like std ones... rears need to be pressed in ideally..
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    Yeah and that part number is actually listed for S3s too. When I was looking for reesy I did an all model search on ETKA and they fit S3/TT/R32/Beetle RSI as standard.

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    Must have been an option or something... all the S3's I have seen have voided bushes mine included... the solid ones make a fair difference...

    Powerflex alternatives for these are not brilliant, they are stiff and work well initially but they tend to squeeze out as they are a 2 piece bush... powerflex for the front bush though

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    Brilliant,
    Guess the TT ones have no orienation?. as i always seem to missalign bushes pressing them in.

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    Are the front powerflex bushes i have fitted here not any good then ?

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    I remember trying to get those *******s in.......got thrown down the garden in a rage a cupple of times lol
    i made a pressing tool for them after I got fed up of doing the walk of shame to go get them from the neighbours, it's a 30-40m throw to theirs

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 JOHN View Post


    Are the front powerflex bushes i have fitted here not any good then ?
    The horizontal ones at the front of the arm are fine, the vertical ones at the rear have a tendency to squeeze out... they are ok in fairness as a bush but may not last as long in there as others...

    If I had the choice I would use the TT ones over the powerflex in the rear position

    I like the look of these...
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    I did a rough guide on how to rebush these over on seatcupra.net
    I run powerflex front and rear and dont find it overly harsh
    If i were to do it again i would use the race rear bush which is pretty much a rose joint

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    got a full set of front powerflex bushes for the S3 if anyone wants them, brand new unused & boxed (oh there the slightly larger ones for newer models)
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