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Chevy Camaro Suspension Bushings - Along Came Polyurethane

Energy Suspension's HYPER-FLEX Bushings

By Dakota Wentz, Photography by Dakota Wentz

So it's the little things that matter most, huh? Whether it's true or not, I'm unsure. But when it comes to suspension, there is certainly a case to be made. It's a common misconception that all one needs are new shocks, sway bars, a Panhard bar, and so on, and their car is ready to take the high seas straight to the track. This is where the problem lies, however. All those components do work, and drastically improve handling by stabilizing unwanted suspension movement. Whether it's made to stabilize lateral, forward, or an up-and-down motion, aftermarket suspension components are made to keep the car tight and straight. Although the new suspension parts are doing just that, the bushings in those parts might not be.

Factory OEM bushings are designed for highway cruising, not dipping into a corner at accelerated speeds or taking on loads of torque. Because of this, the bushings crush under pressure, which decreases handling and performance. Even though the new suspension parts are doing exactly what they are designed to do, the rubber bushings can't quite keep up with the demands of the car, and you suffer. Many suspension companies sell their products (considering these products require bushings) with polyurethane bushings already installed to fix the problem. But when it comes to control arm bushings, motor mounts, torque arm mounts, and parts you don't plan on replacing, the only way to compensate is to install the polyurethane bushings yourself.

Energy Suspension in San Clemente, California, has the cure for the inadequate rubber bushings. Throughout its two decades of polyurethane bushing development, HYPER-FLEX technology has been applied to nearly all aspects of the Chevy market. What exactly is HYPER-FLEX? Its Energy Suspension's technically advanced chemical formulation performance polyurethane that has been granted nine U.S. patents. The HYPER-FLEX polyurethane product is much more durable, performance-oriented, and longer lasting than rubber components used on cars, trucks, SUVs, and the like. The bushings can also withstand oils, atmospheric conditions such as ozone, smog, road salt, chemicals, and other contaminants that can destroy and breakdown rubber bushings over time.

HYPER-FLEX bushings are also designed for each specific application. Because some parts need to be stiffer and some softer, Energy designs each bushing with the correct durometer, which is firmness or softness. From front to back, Energy has designed a bushing to replace the OEM rubber bushings on just about all Chevy cars and trucks. Whether it's a control arm bushing, a trailing arm, a Panhard bar, an end link, a leaf-spring pad, or a body mount. If there's an OEM bushing, there's a good chance Energy has one, as well.

By Dakota Wentz
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