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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-15-2014, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Polybushings cradle mounts review

Back story on my vehicle:
2001 Intrepid 3.5 V6 w/168k miles

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• K&N intake setup
• Under drive pulley
• 3.89 gears
• Complete “Special” suspension setup (front/rear sway bars/springs/struts/all new rubber)

The suspension was done about 3 years ago, and after it was installed it handled much better than the tired old suspension, which had around 135K of very used miles. My commute (75 miles a day) is a combination of traffic jammed local roads and high speed expressways/toll roads, with speeds averaging 85 mph on the toll roads and 5-75 mph on the local roadways. Since the install of the poly mounts that Johnny sent me, I’ve logged 300+ miles of mixed driving. This was so I could give him a really a much better idea of how the car responds on both wet/dry pavement in the ever changing Texas weather.
From the time I left my buddy’s house that did the install, I immediately noticed a difference in how the car handled, and just like I told Johnny, I was very shocked. This is what I noted right off the bat:

Acceleration from a stop
• Tap the gas and the tires would immediately hook and the car would launch
• Floor it and the tires would break/spin and launch in the car whatever direction you were pointed. Almost 99% of the time, the traction light would come on due to the wheel spin and the front tires have plenty of rubber.

Acceleration from a roll
• Tap the gas and just like from a stop, car would lurch forward
• Floor it and my car would just go, period. No waiting for the suspension to settle (for lack of a better word) or shift.

Handling (High speed)
• Car was much flatter entering and exiting turns and it would maintain speed throughout. In fact, on almost every occasion, my enter/exit speeds were much higher than the car could previously handle, even with the “Special” setup.
• Quick maneuvering, the car felt agile. Never felt the car was losing control or was too much to handle

Handling (Low speed)
• Car would corner much tighter and with less steering wheel effort
• Just like the high speed handling, entering or exiting turns, my car was much flatter and would maintain speed throughout. Enter/exit speeds (on the roads I tested) were much higher than my car could previously handle before
• Quick maneuvering, the car felt agile. Never felt like I was losing or lost control
Suspension Noise
• Prior to this, I actually had a noise/creak from the front suspension. I figured one of the sway bar bushings had decided to give up the ghost, but in fact it was the cradle mounts making the noise. After the swap out, the front suspension noise is gone! From first glance the old OEM mounts looked normal, that is up until I grabbed one. Although they really showed no signs of rips, tears, or falling apart, I was surprised on how soft they were. I thought to myself, this was holding the suspension together? The old rubber bushings compared to the new poly mounts and how they felt (rock solid) was not even a contest.

Install time
It wasn’t super difficult (install time was around 2 hours or so) and it was done in a driveway with jackstands and power tools.

My overall thoughts
Just like I told Johnny via email, this was one of the best mods I’ve ever done to my car, period. Car handles much better than it has in years, and this was after spending around $2k in suspension parts for the “Special” swap. These mounts made that much of a difference! I am now a total believer when it comes to the poly mounts and I look forward to buying the rest in poly (end links/swaybar/strut mounts) from Johnny in the future.

Two thumbs up!

Old bushings being removed





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New bushings compared to OEM



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As soon as I saw the first pic the first thing that came to mind was "damn this car must be from the south!" (do to littel to no rust)
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Great review. Never thought cradle bushings would affect the handling this way.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 07:41 AM
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Guess I will add this to the mod list as well.
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They'll be on my shopping list!
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Where did you buy them ? And price please ... Ty
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Talk to Johnny at Polybushings....I believe he added it to the new product list
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I told you guys a long time ago they were awesome. Dave, aka Chewievette is the first person to ever contact Johnny about cradle bushings. Dave got the first set and I received a special "firmer compound" test set to try out. He made me special set of sway bar bushings twice. I've been rocking Cradle bushings for little over 4 years now I think? maybe longer.
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Mine will be here next week, Can't Wait !!
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Hrmmm, something to add to the list of "thngs to do" during the engine swap!!



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New item, for 2nd gen.
They are available now!

http://www.polybushings.com/pages/1046.html
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I'm glad to hear that these worked out! I'll definitely be going with these when I need them for my Special.
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Installed mine this past weekend. Not a bad job took about 1.5 hours and I was surprised to see that the stock ones were in very good shape. Much stiffer now than stock.
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Great pictures. I ordered a set from Johnny last night. The position of the lower bushing looks self-explanatory. On the upper bushing

Does the flat side of the upper bushing face down and mate against the top of the lower bushing, such that the bottom of the lower bushing is flat with the bottom of the engine cradle?

Was there any trouble removing the upper bushing if bottom of car isn't perfectly rust free? If so, how did you remove it.
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Installed the poly bushings. Sorry, my question was poorly phrased. The upper bushing mounts between the frame rails and the engine cradle, with the metal side of the bushing facing up and the cupped side facing down. The cupped side goes over a centering cone on top of the engine cradle. The mounting bolt goes thru the lower bushing then thru the engine cradle then thru the cone then thru the upper bushing and then threads into a metal fitting in the frame rail.
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