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    A-Arm and Shock Bushings

    I'm about to upgrade my A-Arms from stock to HL edition stock on the front and rear, and am planning on going ahead and replacing the bushings while I've got it broken down. Any good recommendations on bushings? I've considered Garage products, but I can get SATV UHMW bushings for much cheaper. I don't really want to spend $400 on a-arm and shock bushings.
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    I have had the GPs on my 800 for a few years and they have been great. I never grease them (they are sealed so can't get any grease in anyway) and they don't squeak. Best $300 I spent on the squeaky 800
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mossy700 View Post
    I have had the GPs on my 800 for a few years and they have been great. I never grease them (they are sealed so can't get any grease in anyway) and they don't squeak. Best $300 I spent on the squeaky 800
    I'd like to get (and believe I can) comparable quality at a lower cost.
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    The rear sway bar bushings on my 2018 squeak all the time. Greasing them doesn't seem to last very long. GP doesn't have these. Do you know of any aftermarket suppliers that offers those bushing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAnEngineer View Post
    I'd like to get (and believe I can) comparable quality at a lower cost.
    John Archer (GP) makes a great product and gives you a life time warranty and are made in the U.S.
    SATV are more than likely made overseas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mossy700 View Post
    The rear sway bar bushings on my 2018 squeak all the time. Greasing them doesn't seem to last very long. GP doesn't have these. Do you know of any aftermarket suppliers that offers those bushing?
    There is no aftermarket bushing for the sway bar at this time.
    More than likely your using a petroleum based Grease NLGI 2, both are not very good for this application.
    The oil from the Grease leaches into the plastic bushings over time, causing it to swell and deteriorate, and is susceptible to wash out.

    Purchase a tube of Silicone Grease and put on your sway bar bushings, it is a NLGI 3, so it is more of a paste and will not harm your bushings.
    Also apply this to your suspension bushings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxic-21 View Post
    There is no aftermarket bushing for the sway bar at this time.
    More than likely your using a petroleum based Grease NLGI 2, both are not very good for this application.
    The oil from the Grease leaches into the plastic bushings over time, causing it to swell and deteriorate, and is susceptible to wash out.

    Purchase a tube of Silicone Grease and put on your sway bar bushings, it is a NLGI 3, so it is more of a paste and will not harm your bushings.
    Also apply this to your suspension bushings.
    Greg,
    I've looked online for a tube (grease-gun style) of silicone NLGI 3 grease and cannot find it. If you know of an NLGI 3 grease that comes in a grease-gun tube, would you mind posting a link?
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