I am having a hub refurbishment undertaken, so thought that with everything off the car, it made sense to undertake a full suspension overhaul as the parts are off anyway, and the replacement parts are cheap.

The car is fitted with poly bushes at present, and rides well (in my opinion, I am yet to drive another Pantera!), but I am recommended to go back to OEM. What would anyone recommend?

If I go Poly Bush, any particular brands/model that anyone recommends?

Would you recommend that I replace all the bolts/washers involved?

Springs, shocks and suspension arms look okay, and may survive the cull!

Current cars stance is like so, is this about right? I like the ride height as I can drive it hard on rough roads, and am yet to ground it out, or catch the front splitter.Side Profile


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Why do you want going back OEM when you are happy with the drive? Honestly I equipped all my rides with polybushes and I am happy with it. Longer life than OEM and you can play a bit with the stiffness (not necessary using the strongest one) when you make the choice. Have 1500 mls on my Pantera speedo with the bushings and no complaints. 

I guess the question isn't around being happy and going back, per se.

I should explained. I didn't fit the polybush, so I wouldn't know what make/model they were, but I am undertaking a total suspension, brakes, wheel and tyre refresh, so would replace the bushes anyway.

The team undertaking the work recommend I switch them out for  Metalastik bushes.

If I can keep sharp handling, and get less noise, more comfort, that has to be a good thing, no? I am afraid I am not super technical when it comes to suspension, so someone might have some interesting insights.

Thanks, Tom

The oem style rubber bushings have bonded center and outer so the rubber is stretched/springy in operation, whereas most of the poly bushes on offer don't have such as they are not fixed and rotate around the center tube which leads to the squeak.

Dennis Quella has a style that has a hex steel core so the bushes do not rotate on the center but are forced to act more like the oem rubber ones and as there is no poly on center rotation they don't squeak either!

If it ain't broke don't fix it! Poly bushings are easy as they don't require a press, personally I'd stick with oem rubber, there's nothing wrong with them other than they are 35 years old and need replacing.

jimmym posted:

Beautiful car Tom.  I love the color.  Do you know what the color and paint code are?

Hi JimmyM,

Thank you, I absolutely adore the colour, real depth, and a nice tonal variance in different lights. Lots more photos and video on my Instagram (same hook as here).

I don't know the code, but it is Porsche Iris Blue Metallic.

It was on the 993 range of Porsche 911.

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