I just replaced all the bushings on my machine. Two of the factory bushings went bad in the front (lower control arms) and of course the sway bar bushings were never good. The garage product bushings are definitely a lot tighter. Made a nice difference, no more banging around.
I have several fellows from Canada that are pushin 2000 miles and over on their outlanders and Renegades with our bushings . Our GNCC guy got all last year on ours and they were still tight as the day He put them in . I have yet to have one person tell me that they've wore any out . the arms get worn if the stock one are left in too long and they spin . But we'll make oversized ones for you if that happens . you just have to let us know .
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Should I consider myself lucky I'm at 3K miles on factory bushings that are tight as day one? Actually hard to accept grease! I've used Amsoil heavy equipment grease since day one. I truly believe using an inferior grease will drastically reduce the service life of these bushings in no time.
My 1000 has around 140 miles and 35 hours. My dealer greased it once. I have greased it once. I have no idea how to tell if the bushings are good or bad. Everything seemed tight. All bushings accepted grease in what I would call a normal way. I didn't notice anything unusual.
Will anyone explain what the novice needs to look for in determining the shape/condition of the stock bushings?
The way i checked mine was to grab the tire with both hands and wiggle up and down, side to side like you would check ball joints/bearings, shine a flashlight at the bushing and you will see some side to side play and possible up and down also depending how bad. You can do it with bike on the ground or in the air. If nothing moves your good, but chances are you will have abit of play.
To me with the bushing bad the bike felt really sloppy, i but GP bushing last winter and ive had no troubles with them, the bike feels tight and more responsive. Got about 1500km on them and they still wont take grease, that's how tight they are lol I pre-greased them before installing so i'm not worried. GP bushings are the way to go hands down, will buy them again if these ones ever wear out.