Most racers probably don't give bushings much thought - after all, a bushing is a bushing, right? However, aftermarket bronze bushings vary in several key areas such as the bronze alloy the bushing is made from, manufacturing tolerances and dimensions. Manufacturers of aftermarket bronze bushings often use bronze alloys that are cheap and easy to machine as this reduces machine time and cost. In contrast, our bushings are made from SAE Bearing Grade bronze which is more costly to procure and machine but results in a bushing with a lower co-efficient of friction and longer life. Our bushings also feature very tight, consistent tolerances for improved performance. We've also listened to racers and made some very slight changes to critical bushing dimensions. For example, the diameter of the outer race which fits into the chassis bushing carrier is slightly smaller on our bushings than most other aftermarket bronze bushings. This puts less stress on the (plastic) bushing carriers which reduces the risk of damaging the bushing carriers (which often renders the chassis unusable) when installing the bushings. The additional clearance also makes aligning the bushings (if you choose to do so) easier.
With all of the great features described above, you'd probably expect to pay a little more for our bushings. If so, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn our bushings cost less! Why pay more?
Tip: When installing bushings, be sure to "align" them - this will minimize friction with the axle and help improve overall performance of your cars. We've put together a how-to article and video which shows how to do this - for more information, please click here.