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Old 01-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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GTO Solid cradle bushings

Just wrapping up the final lathe work on a few sets of solid rear cradle bushings.

Look for these to be available very soon.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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I have these in my car. They are great. My car leaves straighter and more consistent since I have installed them.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #3
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I have these in my car. They are great. My car leaves straighter and more consistent since I have installed them.

Glad they are working out for you. Did your car raise up in the rear when you installed them? How about ride quality?

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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The rear didnt really raise up and I don't drive it on the street but in the pits it still drove fine.
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Would these do ok on street cars you think?
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:05 PM   #6
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Just wrapping up the final lathe work on a few sets of solid rear cradle bushings.

Look for these to be available very soon.

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WOW, THOSE LOOK GREAT!!!!!!
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Would these do ok on street cars you think?

I'll have to get some feedback from some guys that drive on the street allot that also have fairly stock suspension.
I drive my GTO on the street but I have it set up up very stiff with our coilover kit for racing so it's not a good source of feedback, I didnt notice much of a change when I put them in though. It just doesnt squat and squirm on a hard launch as it did before.
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It just doesnt squat and squirm on a hard launch as it did before.

Compared to stock or poly bushings?

Also, would you consider making the top pad thicker like the Noltec/Whiteline/Lovells variety?
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:14 PM   #9
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Compared to stock or poly bushings?

Also, would you consider making the top pad thicker like the Noltec/Whiteline/Lovells variety?

Compared to Harrop bushings, I would imagine compared to stock would be a huge difference.

Thicker? I've had guys ask for thinner so that the cradle sits closer to the floor but not thicker.
I could make a one off set but it woudnt be something we would stock.
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In for how streetable they are.
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Me too ^^ also should help with wheelhop I imagine?
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Also my suspension is fully stock as of now so I would accept a free set as a guiny pig
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what exactly are these going to help? is this partial camber fix when launching or what oh and $$$
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In pending three results:
Price difference vs Polys
Streetability/any unwanted vibration transfer
Reliability (I assume this wouldbe a muuuuuch more reliable part, but sometimes replacing a bushing with a solid piece will overstress other nearby bushings and cause premature failure)
I was going to buy the Lovells ones but if these are cheaper or work better then I may be reconsidering.
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Just wrapping up the final lathe work on a few sets of solid rear cradle bushings.

Look for these to be available very soon.

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I don't see how they will work without some kind of support on top of the cradle... What supports the cradle where it meets the body?
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In for results/answers.

Aluminum I'm assuming?
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I don't see how they will work without some kind of support on top of the cradle... What supports the cradle where it meets the body?

There is an upper bushing that is not shown.

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I like it
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maybe some holes to lighten them up ,lol
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^more machining can add cost.

Is the potential added cost worth the ounces of weight savings? lol
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maybe some holes to lighten them up ,lol

I'll post up the finished photos tonight, there is pocketing on the other side to remove weight.
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Looks good..
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Those look super nice and would be even better with E-coating or anodized. How much vibration do they introduce and will they cause any damage like cracking of the mounting holes/body?
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Those look super nice and would be even better with E-coating or anodized. How much vibration do they introduce and will they cause any damage like cracking of the mounting holes/body?

The production run will more then likely be anodized. We didnt see any cracking with ours in our car. Will need to get feedback from some customers on street use as our car is too loud to hear much road noise plus we don't drive our car enough on the street to get good feedback on road noise.
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I'm thining that having these will make the cradle alignment even harder to do? I know on some of the cars that we've aligned the rear cradles on we needed alot of persuading power.

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any tips on getting the factory ones out?
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Those looking amazing! Can't wait to give some feedback on them
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any tips on getting the factory ones out?

Simple take the big ass bolt out along with teh 3 little ones that hold the x member up there. it will drop down a little stick a 1" socket inbetween the x-member and the frame and jack up the x-member the weight of the car will push the bushing right out. like pushing toothpaste out of a tube. you could also use a piece of pipe or a larger scket also works better I think I normally use a 1 1/2"
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They need to be tested in a daily driven street car.
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