Last fall I replaced my rear yoke and trailing arm bushings . Now with 410 miles on them the large
rear trailing arm bushings are done . I contacted Rare Parts the maker and they were defensive and
wanted me to purchase new ones and if sent the old ones back they, upon inspection would reimburse the original seller (Old Parts) a seller on ebay. Seemed like a lot of hoops to jump through so I inquired at all the
known Cadillac Suppliers and it seems the Rare Parts is the only maker of the RP15606 bushings . Further
internet searches found this is a common problem. This has led to Dan McNarry and Russ Austin heading up making replacement arms with high tech bushings that do not distort and last. Rare Parts needs to retool and use rubber that will last . In the mean time DO NOT purchase trailing arm bushings from them with the
expectation they will last as I assure you they will fail quickly
I asked the same question that you did about putting the poly bushings ( like are on Dans arms ) and Russ came back with they are not available in the correct sizes for our stock arms
Jeff came back with --poly bushings will make the car drive like a garbage truck from his research
So both those issues leave us with no reasonable bushing replacements available
Those issues are covered in the prior posts in this thread
Hope that helps
Between a serious bushing replacement and drive shaft vibration issues ( others have ) our drive train have litle chance of being as good as they were when the car was new For the long haul
This is not GOOD news !!
I have no issues with my own car ever regarding the above but i sure would like to know we have a light at the end of the tunnel regarding the bushing issue
Any chance the stock arms could be machined( by a shop ) to accept another size poly bushing if that is the only type avaiable that is durable enough to hold up for a reasonable correct time
We may have to live with a harder squeeky ride it appears if that can be done
This might be a very good subject to be bringing up at the CLC --to see how those boys have addressed this issue over the years
Tony, Can you check around to see if someone can revulcanize the original bushings if someone sends them a core. Perhaps you can contact Steele Rubber? Let us know what you find out. As far as the CLC most members of the forums are non-members so please post your question and give us the feedback. Here is the link: www.forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org
Maybe you didn’t see it but I did some research on an earlier message and found a manufacturer in Georgia, USA who makes these types of suspension bushings with rubber.
Perhaps you could furnish a sample to them and they could match it up and quote us a price.
When you get back of course.
Here’s the info:
I saw the post. I don’t need control links or bushings, but if I did I would check with someone like Steele that is well known for revulcanizing rubber mounts and see if they can work with sleeve bushings? I don’t know but does not hurt to ask and unlike trying to match up a metric size bushing, you will probably get a quick yes or no answer. Let me know what you find out.
I will speak with steele rubber products on Mon
They are closed
Just spoke with Steele Rubber Products
Shay at extension 3217
1800-447 0849 ( 8-6pm m-f )
Pls call here and she will email you a form to be filled out so you can send her a rear control arm core to consider
They will take about 2-3 weeks to let you know if they are interested in making that revulcanized part that we need so badly for our rear end control arms
We know there is a definite need for a product that can hold up for more than 400-600 miles like the only parts available now
Looks like there could be a light at the end of the tunnel regarding the issue
That’s the scoop so let us know how it all goes
Looks like there is a serious need for the product and hope they see it that way
Great idea of yours to be contacting them on this subject
Fingers crossed !!!
Sounds good, Tony. Sort of thought they might be able to do something. So, if Jeff, Doug or someone wants to send them their control link with bad bushing they may have a better solution. The only thing I would question is why couldn't someone just send the old bushing?
Shay at Steele was only asking to send the bushing ( bushing core ) not the complete trailing arm
Is the rear end yoke something else we should be looking into being revulcanized while we are looking into the rear control arm bushings being done ?
Nothing like —a tight Rear End -the way I see it —LOL !
I am sure there may be other areas where someone like Steele could fill a void where there are no other options.
Just to add, I have no knowledge of the availability of the upper control yoke bushings or the extent to their reliability. If I needed one, I would use google, and poll the troops here on the reliability of sourced bushings. If they were also crap material I would then pursue someone like steel to install new quality rubber. Again, a great project for you guys with "bushing issues"!