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    Thread: Abnormal Control Arm Bushing wear?

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      02-19-2012 10:17 AM #1
      I've had my 2006 Golf MKIV since July 2009, put 30K on it in that time, and this is the 2nd time my front lower control arm bushings have been shredded to hell and require replacement.



      I have a really good warranty that replaces them at no cost to me - except that I have to take it to the shop and not have my car for a day or two - which is a real PITA.

      What is the "normal" life expectancy for control arm bushings? Is it dependent on driving behavior/environment/bad roads etc? or?

      And any suggestions for more durable replacements?


      Any thoughts appreciated, guys

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      02-19-2012 11:46 AM #2
      Are they using OEM bushings or cheap aftermarket junk?

      Is the car stock or lowered?

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      02-19-2012 12:28 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by greyhare View Post
      Are they using OEM bushings or cheap aftermarket junk?

      Is the car stock or lowered?
      not sure what they are putting in..

      totally stock though - not lowered (yet!)

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      02-19-2012 02:09 PM #4
      They are using junk or putting them in wrong. The standard bushings need to be correctly oriented and should not be that bad in 30k.

      You could go with the R32 bushing. It is solid so it does not need to be indexed.

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...l_Arms/ES3893/

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      02-22-2012 07:02 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by greyhare View Post
      They are using junk or putting them in wrong. The standard bushings need to be correctly oriented and should not be that bad in 30k.

      You could go with the R32 bushing. It is solid so it does not need to be indexed.

      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...l_Arms/ES3893/
      I replaced my first set of control arm bushing with a brand new complete OEM control arms and they started to get sloppy and tear at 20k so I went with Poly Energy mounts this time. My car is lowered quite a bit though so that would explain my bushings.
      x2 the R32 bushings are a good as well.

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