Thought I'd put this thread up as I've recently fitted a set of rear beam bushes from a Leon Cupra R to my MkIV and I found whilst researching it there wasn’t a whole heap of information on here about them – lots of posts saying ‘yeah, they’ll probably fit’ but nothing definite.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to do this mod but I’ve not seen any posts on whether it’s worth it or not - for reference, a pair of standard OEM bushes from VW costs £38.75, a pair of LCR bushes cost me £80.61 and my powerflex ones cost around £48. As you can see, the LCR bushes are whoppingly expensive and were a bit of gamble as I couldn’t find anything saying they’d definitely fit, let alone be any good.
The Part No's for the three bush types are:
VW OEM - 1J0 501 541 C
Leon Cupra R - 1Ml 501 541
Powerflex - PFR85-415
The reason for looking at the LCR bushes was that having had powerflex rear beam bushes in for nearly a year and 25k miles now, the novelty of the handling had worn off and I was getting fed up of the harsh bangy ride in the car. I got all my bushes replaced with powerflex ones just under a year ago and have spent the subsequent 11 months removing them one by one – they’re just too harsh for me and the miles I do.
However, I quite like the way car handled with them and wasn’t too keen on going back to a standard bush and am already a convert to the TT solid rubber bush for the front wishbones so after a bit of thought I decided to take the plunge and give the Cupra R bushes a whirl – surely they couldn’t be any worse than the powerflex ones?
The pics below show a comparison between the Cupra R bush (on the left) and a standard OEM one.
They look quite different – main differences are that the bushes are solid rubber, have a plastic washer on the large face and have the green plastic collar on the other. I’m not to sure what the function of the collar and washer are, my main interest was the fact they are a non-voided bush, so in theory stiffer than an OEM one.
Unfortunately though I forgot to take a pic of the OEM, LCR and powerflex bushes all together for comparison.
Anyway, with lots of help from Neil (old_n07) we got them fitted – piccie below to prove they do fit.
The bushes have been in for nearly 500 miles now – the first thing I noticed was that they are so much smoother than the powerflex bushes, especially around town where road surfaces aren’t always great. When it gets really rough, you can still tell you’ve got a firm-ish bush in there, but it still takes a lot of the ‘edge’ of the bumps and vibrations coming into the car. Out on the motorways and A-roads, again the car feels an awful lot smoother – weirdly, the car almost feels more planted at the back with the LCR bushes, although I think this must just be a perception thing as a result of the ride being smoother.
I’ve been for a couple of blasts round the twisty bits now too and I’m equally pleased with them – the car does feel different at the back compared to the powerflex bushes – not worse, just different. I’ve certainly noticed no negative effects to the handling - if I was hard pushed, I’d say the back end felt marginally less stiff and tight with the LCR bushes, but it’s hard to tell.
It’s been a while since my car had standard bushes in and it’s had a lot of suspension stuff changed since then, so I can’t easily say how they compare to a standard bush, but I know of another car running about with a very similar suspension setup that still has OEM bushes that I’m hoping to compare it to (Greg, if you’re reading this, I’ve got a small favour to ask…… )
To sum up then, I’m exceptionally pleased with them – the car is driving more smoothly than it has in a long long time and I’m really enjoying driving it at the moment.
I’d definitely chose the LCR bushes over the powerflex ones again, and can’t see myself putting standard bushes back in ever, but there’s no getting away from the fact that they’re pricey which is the only thing stopping me from giving them an absolute recommendation - although from my experience I’d be surprised if you were disappointed after spending the money on them.