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Front end rebuild

ducvw2004

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Hi folks,

I want to rebuild the front end of my '81, in other words, replace all bushings, tie rod ends, ball joints, etc.

Any recommendations as to a particular kit? (urethane)

I seems like all of the vendors have a package, but they are more or less complete.

Help please!
 
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84 Z51 auto R.I.P. 89 black roadster SOLD
Plain-ol polyurethane is nice for handling, but VERY squeaky! Even if you apply the silicone grease...eventually it goes away and they squeak...and is it ever annoying! I used the polygraphite (graphite impregnated polyurethane) on a 3rd gen Camaro once, and those didn't make any noise at all. If you want to go with poly....spend a little extra and get the graphite!
 

GTR1999

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I only use Rubber but many use poly, be sure you loctite the bushings bolts as they loosen up with poly.
 

TimAT

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1969 LS-7 BB
I used the Poly- got a kit from Summit for $179. I did cheat just a little- I drilled all the shells thru the poly, cut grooves in the inner diameter and installed zerks. Packed them chock full of that lube that comes with them and if they ever squeak I can lube them with a grease gun. I did locktite the bolts like GTR1999 suggests,
 
Joined
Aug 30, 2002
Messages
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Location
Colorado Springs, CO USA
Corvette
84 Z51 auto R.I.P. 89 black roadster SOLD
I used the Poly- got a kit from Summit for $179. I did cheat just a little- I drilled all the shells thru the poly, cut grooves in the inner diameter and installed zerks. Packed them chock full of that lube that comes with them and if they ever squeak I can lube them with a grease gun. I did locktite the bolts like GTR1999 suggests,

I did that on my '84 as well. If I had to do it again...I'd use polygraphite.
 

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