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Old 07-17-2020, 11:07 AM   #1
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The factory bushings in my early solid axle 960 torque rods are flogged enough to move quite a lot and cause some driveshaft vibration in 1st gear under load (only). I see IPD does OEM and aftermarket similar - are there stiffer/better options available commercially? I couldn't find any. I could get some made up but thought I'd ask around first.

What about rotating them 90 degrees? Or putting fresh ones in 90 degrees rotated? Bad idea? Common practice? Other?

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Old 07-17-2020, 04:40 PM   #2
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Old 07-17-2020, 05:20 PM   #3
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I stock the poly bushes for them but as you are near the home of Super Pro they should be easy for you to get local
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:06 PM   #4
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Honestly, I put in the Superpro stuff a good 8-9 years ago and have been quite happy with them, even while throwing some power thru them. I do have some adjustable torque rods to throw in the car still, haven't done it yet, but I wouldn't hesitate to run the Superpro stuff. Given you're on the same continent as them, hit them up or see if you've got a local distributor. SPF-4775K is a pair of the big ones.

Putting those in got rid of all that slop in the rear end.
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Old 07-18-2020, 12:11 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, that's exactly what I wanted to hear! And the part number, I feel spoilt!

I will find a supplier and get a set or two, do you happen to know the part number for the front end ones? May as well tighten up that end at the same time.

I need to dig up the TIG-weld reinforcement strategy for those arms so I can do this once and it's ready for big power in future :-)

Ditto for the subframe thingy. Not a problem right now, but the internet says it will become one sooner or later
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Old 07-18-2020, 08:38 AM   #6
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This appears to be the front ones: spf3120k
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Old 07-18-2020, 06:07 PM   #7
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Yup, that's correct for the fronts. Usually the fronts aren't too bad, but if you're doing them, do them both.

Pro tip on the rear's. Once you have the old ones out, the torque rods cleaned up, grease the crap out of the bushing, put it into a piston ring compressor, tighten it down as much as you can, then press it into the torque rod. The spring compressor helps compress it but it also helps guide it in straight. Sadly I figured this out on my third set or so of these (friends cars), and after launching a few greased up bushings across the shop. lol

Honestly, if you can keep the subframe straight, chances are the torque rods will hold up fine. I don't drift, but I also don't behave in mine and it has seen a LOT of 1/4 mile passes, including a good number with slicks, and they haven't had an issue, but I boxed the subframe up a long time ago. There's external plating, plus a cross brace internally, so chances of it moving are pretty damn small. lol
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Old 07-18-2020, 09:47 PM   #8
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Are we talking about the dogbones, one large end, one small end? Bolts to the differential carrier?
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Old 07-18-2020, 10:13 PM   #9
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^ yes we are.

Thanks gsellstr, good to know. Best pass? Not keen to do work that's not needed, and TIG welding would weaken the metal around the weld while adding overall strength so that did bother me, plus WOF concerns with modified arms would mean I'd have to do a stealthy job and paint them if I did mod.

LOL @ launched greasy bushings good tip - I don't own one, but have various engines to assemble so it should be on my shopping list and can move closer to the top now.
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Old 07-18-2020, 10:49 PM   #10
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Best to date is 13.3 @ 105, haven't run in close to a year, done a good bit of work since, tune related, but hurt the motor prior to it.
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Old 07-19-2020, 02:59 PM   #11
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How can you tell if the bushings need replacing?
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Old 07-19-2020, 07:59 PM   #12
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You'll see cracks and crumbling of the rubber. The front ones usually hold up a lot better than the rear, being a full bushing, where the rear ones tend to fall apart sooner, since there's so much flex in them during normal driving. Think square bushing in a round hold, with the gap being in the fore/aft direction, so every load change causes significant flex in the bushing.

The Superpro bushings are round, taking out that flex.
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Old 07-20-2020, 08:03 AM   #13
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Driveshaft vibrations from misalignment in my case, tintintin. Could be other causes, but it's a first gear and heavy load only thing, and you can see the wear marks showing the movement to be enough to cause an angular misalignement of the yolks.

I'll get this fixed first (after the broken rear window, that is) and if there's still issues after that then I'll keep chasing them.

13.3 is pretty respectable for sure. Guessing you're around 300whp with that time?
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Old 07-20-2020, 11:27 AM   #14
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Yeah, right around that.
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Old 07-20-2020, 02:37 PM   #15
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Reverse was not affected?
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