sweet, add me to the list pleaseSomeone contacted me by Email. It might have been Shabody.
Anyway I have time to make another batch and the material is available.
The price has gone up unfortunately by $2 due to inflation of both shipping and double sided tape. A set of bushings is now $52 shipped.
This is clearly a remarkable material. This test gives little idea as to its toughness - albeit you can guess from the elongation prior to break on the test piece after it failed, how tough it is going to be, given the material flows to allow high local stress to redistribute itself.
How is the poly tape holding up? Looking for a better solution than what I've been using... Vinyl tape and bushing grease. Requires frequent maintenance, but I wanted to be able to see the sticker. Time to reapply again and hoping this is working better than what I've been doing. Cheers!Just got my bushings installed and took the car for a quick spin.
I need more seat time to really dive in on the nuances of the effects but it is immediately clear these bushings make an impact.
Simply put the car feels more solid. Not because rattles were reduced (if anything I noticed some new ones) but because of an increased sense of rigidity front to rear. My first impression is that this increased rigidity translates, for me personally, to more confidence in corners. Loading the suspension feels more predictable.
My suspension is stock at 70k miles and the increased chassis stiffness almost makes it feel more like the weak link in terms of dynamics. I am okay with this because I plan to refresh the suspension soon.
I am sure this has been discussed but from a mechanical standpoint, I can understand an increase in bending stiffness with these bushings. An increase in torsional rigidity seems more questionable to me. Either way I am both fascinated and thrilled.
I was inspired by Node's use of the Teflon tape but wanted to also find a tape that would allow me to cover and still read the factory door jamb sticker. I purchased this rather expensive roll of "ultra high molecular weight" polyethylene tape. It is pretty low friction and also translucent. I ordered 2" wide, 10mil thick. Its a good way to shim the bushings as well.
Here are some pictures. My car is silver so you can hardly see it and the bushings slide nicely on the tape so far. You can clealy read the sticker as well. Time will tell but the tape seems quite robust.
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I am at about 1 year with teflon tape. It is pretty worn with a couple of tiny holes here and there, but it still works great. I might remove and replace the original tape at some point, but no need to yet.How is the poly tape holding up? Looking for a better solution than what I've been using... Vinyl tape and bushing grease. Requires frequent maintenance, but I wanted to be able to see the sticker. Time to reapply again and hoping this is working better than what I've been doing. Cheers!