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Sway Bar Bushing Lube?

Post by Steve Towers » Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:43 pm

What do folks use as a lube between rubber and metal. In this case, sway bar bushings. I know anything petroleum based in not good, as that will harm the rubber. I think lube with a PTFE (Teflon) base would work. The aerospace elastomer lubes like 111 or Christo-lube are WAY too expensive.

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Post by Thomas Smith » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:44 pm

I always use nickel based anti-seize. Its a little messy but lasts along time.
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Post by Mako Koiwai » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:02 pm

How would Marine grease work? Very sticky ... might resist being used up, washed away, etc. longer ?

Whatever ... make sure there is no binding. I think Brian added a extra set of washers to ours to make sure it wasn't being clamped down on

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Post by Jason Isley BS RX8 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:27 pm

White lithium grease. :thumbup:

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Re: Sway Bar Bushing Lube?

Post by Chuck Fowler » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:13 pm

http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/pr ... =9%2E11104 best stuff there is.
you can get it locally from PAW
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Re: Sway Bar Bushing Lube?

Post by Steve Towers » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:12 am

http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/pr ... =9%2E11104 best stuff there is.
you can get it locally from PAW
I'd like to read the whole compatability list. The web page doesn't say it's rubber compatible and it shown along with urethane bushings.

I found some stuff called "Sil-Glyde" sold in NAPA stores. Has all the right characteristics. $7 for a 4 oz tube.

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Post by Jason Isley BS RX8 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:02 am

Chuck Fowler wrote:http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/pr ... =9%2E11104 best stuff there is.
you can get it locally from PAW
That stuff sucks. Sticky, nasty, and picks up lots of dirt. Starts to feel like glue after a while.

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Post by Chuck Fowler » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:27 pm

Jason Isley BS RX8 wrote:
Chuck Fowler wrote:http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/pr ... =9%2E11104 best stuff there is.
you can get it locally from PAW
That stuff sucks. Sticky, nasty, and picks up lots of dirt. Starts to feel like glue after a while.
i would say any greasy suspension piece does, but for bushings you don't have easy access to re-lube, the stuff is great
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Post by Jonathan Lugod » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:50 pm

i use graphite moly from harbour freight. :thumbup:
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Post by Jason Flores » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:07 pm

Jonathan Lugod wrote:i use graphite moly from harbour freight. :thumbup:
Hey so do I!!

did i do your car or did you do mine?

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Post by John Fendel » Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:18 am

I've always used the Red Line Assembly Lube.
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Re: Sway Bar Bushing Lube?

Post by Webster Jessup » Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:30 pm

Steve Towers wrote:What do folks use as a lube between rubber and metal. In this case, sway bar bushings. I know anything petroleum based in not good, as that will harm the rubber. I think lube with a PTFE (Teflon) base would work. The aerospace elastomer lubes like 111 or Christo-lube are WAY too expensive.

Suggestions?
Just to clear up some misunderstandings.

MCG 111 would be a horrible lubricant in this scenario. Just because it's aerospace, doesn't make it a good lubricant. MCG 111 is for oxygen service, that's it. Aerospace lubricants are mainly designed for low vapor pressures, oxygen service, and contact with oxidizers.


I would use lithium based molybdenum grease as it's designed for high pressure and is high viscosity.
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Re: Sway Bar Bushing Lube?

Post by Steve Towers » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:46 am

Yea, you're right about the 111. I had a brain cramp - been a while since I was in an aerospace assembly environment. Might have been thinking about Krytox. Or not thinking at all.

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