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Old January 19th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Polyurethane control arm bushings review

Hey guys, new to the forum here and would like to contribute back as I have received help by others here! I couldn't find any polyurethane control arm bushings from energy suspension or by prothane as replacements for the old worn stock bushings so I did some research and found Armstrong Polyurethane bushings for our 7th gens. The seller was on eBay and the part is called ADUS 548. They do ride stiffer and feel more firm than stock. I used to have mild wheel hop and cunking, but they are now gone. Haven't tried and launch the car yet but they do make the car feel more composed during mild turns as I have experienced. My application is a 2003 Accord coupe 6-6, but I believe they're all the same for the 7th gens. For anyone looking for replacements, these are excellent replacements if you dont mind the added stiffness!



I had a shop press the old pair out and these in for 30 bucks total. They supply you with white grease.



The metal center cylinder is removable, make sure it isn't on while pressed in so the poly bushings have space to compress!

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Old January 19th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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How much was it?
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Old January 19th, 2013, 05:36 PM   #3
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interesting the listing says 113.98 free ship not bad for a improvement in handling
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Old January 19th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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Yup! 113.98. The seller is legit, he shipped it the same day for me. If your bushings need replacement, check them out guys, they're just as good as energy suspension just not as known.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Do you press these into the bare control arm or do you reuse the metal collar off the old bushings?
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Old January 19th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #8
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Do you press these into the bare control arm or do you reuse the metal collar off the old bushings?
You pressed these into the bare control arm, without the metal collar of the old compliance bushing. The collar groove of the new poly bushings are snug with the control arm.

I just did a few hard turns and shifting just now and I do notice that the car is more upright while turning. As for shifting, man these bushings take quite a bit of the shock and cocking of a hard shift. It does feel more of gentle and forgiving ride when you lazy shift, sorta say.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #9
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Awsome! Have been looking for a solid replacement and glad to see some positive results with your set up thanks for the info OP
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Old February 18th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #10
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Armstrong is the distributor. ADUS makes the poly bushings.

Let us know how long the lube lasted....before you have to pull those lower arms off and re-lube the poly bushings. I don't see a grease zerk on the lower control arms, so you are going to have to remove those arms, pull the bushings and relube.


Do the 7th gen Accord LCA's have grease zerks on them? Can grease zerks be added?
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Old February 18th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #11
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There's no rotation going on with the bushing under normal suspension travel; there will be no need for a zerk fitting.
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Book marked this for future upgrades! Thanks!
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Old February 19th, 2013, 09:15 PM   #13
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Hey guys I'm glad I can help! It's been a little over a month since I've installed these bad boys and I must say the ride has been consistently firmer than the stock bushings. I jacked up the car for an oil change this past weekend and can definitely tell the wheels have less play up and down and don't drop as low as before when hanging vs the stocks. Personally, I would say this is def a great mod/ replacement. If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask, ill def help in any way I can
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Old March 5th, 2013, 11:02 AM   #14
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poly bushing

I'm new to control arms etc--does it take a special tool to press these bushings in? Is it affordble if so? Thanks
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any updates on these bushings? how does it ride?
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any updates on these bushings? how does it ride?
I don't have these exact ones - I have a set of SuperPro poly bushings (same, if not better). The day to day ride is pretty much the same, as others have said before - cornering and response is where they shine. Gives a nicer, flat cornering feel.
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Old April 1st, 2013, 10:33 PM   #17
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Super Pro makes polyurethane bushings for our 7G.i got the complete set for the front. haven't had the time to install them yet...
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I don't have these exact ones - I have a set of SuperPro poly bushings (same, if not better). The day to day ride is pretty much the same, as others have said before - cornering and response is where they shine. Gives a nicer, flat cornering feel.
how long have you had them for. ive done these type of bushings before and they are a PITA to change haha.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 02:56 PM   #19
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how long have you had them for. ive done these type of bushings before and they are a PITA to change haha.
I've had them for a few months now, I think I put them on in December or so. My friend had no issues. He had a press in his shop, we got them in pretty quick.
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Old April 6th, 2013, 03:41 AM   #20
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how long have you had them for. ive done these type of bushings before and they are a PITA to change haha.
They are a pain only because typically because of all the parts you have to remove to get to the stock compliance bushing, not to mention all the rusted bolt and stuck allen key and what not lol. But it was well worth the time and effort for the upgrade.
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Old April 6th, 2013, 03:51 AM   #21
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any updates on these bushings? how does it ride?
The ride is more well balanced and after 3k miles and they're still holding strong! The most noticeable thing to me is there is less play up front which translates to less jerking when shifting gears. I've also noticed that there actually has been no wheel hop at all while racing since they've broken in for me (not saying there won't ever be any again). I've raced my buddy's G35 a month or so ago and the car just grips and go. It kind of feel like these are "engine torque dampers", but obviously for the wheels to stay planted rather.
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You definitely influenced the "summer to do list" for me. Thanks!
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Just so i understand, are these the same things as compliance bushings? Do you need front and rear?
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Just so i understand, are these the same things as compliance bushings? Do you need front and rear?
Yes they are the same. You only need front since there aren't compliance bushings on the rear.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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I just ordered these and i'm going to pop my LCA's off tomorrow an get my friend at the shop to pop the bushings in. Did anyone have problems getting the end links off?

also are the end links the same style as the ones in the rear? My end links in the rear were a pain in the butt and ended up just cutting them out. I'm wondering if these in the front are going to be just as bad..

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The front are just as bad as the rear. I had to cut my original end links off when I replaced my compliance bushings a few months ago. Granted, they were the original ones to the car and had about 118k on them when they were chopped.
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just bought them! installing them this wed with my new koni yellows and eibach pro kit
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Old June 19th, 2013, 04:52 AM   #29
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Sorry on the late response guys, I did actually have a problem with my end links too. They were so rusted that I had to replace them and break apart the old one. I noticed that if you have the car on jack stands and jack up on the lower control arm with a block of wood, it'll relieve pressure off the sway bar link so that taking off the nut with the Allen wrench and a 14mm would be cake.
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just bought them! installing them this wed with my new koni yellows and eibach pro kit
How's your new set up feeling?!! Did you notice how much more stiff the suspension assembly are?
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