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Hi I have just bought a low mileage 2012 Yeti 1.2 dsg ..its great but due to the low mileage needs some new bushes !
Any advice on rubber or polyurethane bushes?. Does anyone have Poly bushes any comments on the change in the ride would be good to know? :)
Thanks Yeti club

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Hi MGR and welcome to the world of the Snow Monster. :)

I don’t have any polyurethane bushes on the Yeti in my home mini-fleet (see signature line), not having had a need to replace any of the standard bushes. Perhaps because it gets plenty of “exercise”? (Even during lockdowns, as SWMBO is a teacher and therefore was working throughout both the spring and autumn lockdowns. Not to mention emergency trips on my part to rescue or attempted rescue of daughters and in one case sign her organ donation forms as her next of kin.)

I do however have several on my BMW, including front wishbone and its rear pivot bush, ARB mount bushes and the rear trailing arm pivot bushes. I find on that car, that the difference in road noise or harshness in minimal. Too small to be noticed. But then it does have the M-Sport suspension option in the first place, so the factory bushes were quite hard to begin with. The difference in control precision is however a very noticeable improvement. Particularly for the front wishbone rear pivot point bushes. (Which on the BMW are far smaller as standard than the Yeti’s relatively massive items, and the standard items particularly prone to premature failure as a result.). I’ve also had similar poly bushes fitted on both my previous BMWs. Which probably says something about how I feel about them?

My experience over several years of using “Powerflex” branded bushes in particular include:
  • Superior control precision and maintenance of correct designed geometry, particularly under hard use. Which in turn leads to reduced tyre wear.
  • Keen pricing from genuine , high feedback score sellers on EBay. Often little different from OEM bushes from ‘BMW direct’ themselves.
  • Easier to fit DIY than standard bushes. Powerflex in particular often being designed as “split” bushes with two halves, that are designed to be fitted without the use of hydraulic press or similar. Although this varies from car to car design and application obviously.
  • Longer life. If this also extends to long periods of inactivity I have yet to discover with the current car. Although theory says they should withstand lack of exercise better than rubber bushes?

So you’ll gather I’m a bit of a fan of Powerflex and similar. Other brands exist of course. I would also stress again, this experience does not extend to the Yeti - yet. They would however be my first “go to” port of call if/when I do need them. Do Powerflex do poly-bush kits for the Yeti? I haven’t checked?

P.S. Nice to have my belief re-affirmed that “low mileage” can often lead to “more problems”. Too many used car dealers seem to advertise and price “low mileage” cars as if it was an advantage. I hope for your sake that the bushes are all that have suffered. Not sure myself if a 2012 TSi 1.2 is the engine that would have a cam chain or belt driven? (Although that was discussed in a recent thread on a rattly chain). If a belt, I would be checking when that was last changed fairly diligently. Anything made primarily from rubber tends to suffer from lack of use.
 

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Hi MGR and welcome to the world of the Snow Monster. :)

I don’t have any polyurethane bushes on the Yeti in my home mini-fleet (see signature line), not having had a need to replace any of the standard bushes. Perhaps because it gets plenty of “exercise”. Even during lockdowns, as SWMBO is a teacher and therefore was working throughout both the spring and autumn lockdowns. Not to mention emergency trips on my part to rescue or attempted rescue of daughters and in one case sign her organ donation forms as her next of kin.

I do however have several on my BMW, including front wishbone, including rear pivot bush, and ARB mount bushes and the rear trailing arm pivot bushes. I find on that car, that the difference in road noise or harshness in minimal. Too small to be noticed. But then it does have the M-Sport suspension option in the first place, so the factory bushes were quite hard to begin with. The difference in control precision is however a very noticeable improvement. Particularly for the front wishbone rear pivot point bushes. (Which on the BMW are far smaller as standard than the Yeti’s relatively massive items, and the standard items particularly prone to premature failure as a result.). I’ve also had similar poly bushes fitted on both my previous BMWs. Which probably says something about how I feel about them?

My experience over several years of using “Poweflex” branded bushes in particular include:
  • Superior control precision and maintenance of correct designed geometry, particularly under hard use.
  • Keen pricing from genuine , high feedback score sellers on EBay. Often little different from OEM bushes from BMW direct themselves.
  • Easier to fit DIY than standard bushes. Powerflex in particular oven being designed as “split” bushes with two halves, that are designed to be fitted without the use of hydraulic press or similar. Although this varies from car to car design and application obviously.
  • Longer life. If this also extends to long periods of inactivity I have yet to discover with the current car. Although theory says they should withstand lack of exercise better?

So you’ll gather I’m a bit of a fan of Powerflex and similar. Other brands exist of course. I would also stress again, this experience does not extend to the Yeti - yet. They would however be my first “go to” port of call if/when I do need them. Do Powerflex do poly-bush kits for the Yeti? I haven’t checked?
Hi Flintstone - thanks for the full reply much appreciated.. good to know harshness and road noise not particularly heightened on the BMW (Note the M)...
Not sure if powerflex do them have been quoted using Superpro! No idea if these are good ones and currently it is most of the rear bushes in need of replacement. (I'm in Surrey/Sussex you don't know of a good specialist!)
If I go fro them over standard will let you know the difference-- still good to hear form anyone who may of had them fitted on the Yeti .
Thanks again M
 

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Dunno about SuperPro from personal experience - but would imagine the design and material specs are pretty similar.

I used to live in west and Northern Surrey for 25 years. (Guildford then Kingston on Thames area). But that was many moons ago now. So unable to help with suggestions that would be up to date for specialists. Any garage that has motorsport experience as a hobby though, would be fairly familiar with fitting poly bushes - I would expect.
 

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ah thanks again yes know Kingston well.. Will see who I can find locally..
 

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Depending on how well you know the Thames Ditton area. I used to live near the railway level crossing near Hampton Court Way, within "spitting distance" of the last location of the AC Cars factory (for enthusiasts of the Ace, Cobra and 3000ME). And a cross-river stone's throw from Hampton Court Palace. Worked for18 years in the big "Milk Marketing Board" building, overlooking Giggs Hill Green between Kingston and Esher. Now demolished and replaced by houses.

Good luck with fitting the bushes. Do you not fancy a DIY attempt? :)
 
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