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Has anyone used Prothane (or another brand) and not used the thrust washers that came with the kit? The reason that I ask is that for some reason when the thrust washers are installed on the arms/bushings, they are way to wide to go into the mounts. Both on the frame and for the upper arms on the differential housing. I am probably going to have to call Prothane in the morning but if I don't have to use the bushings, I wont. The factory rubber bushings didn't use washers and I can't imagine that my cruise night/head turner driver really NEEDS them? Thanks.
 

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I used Engery Suspension Poly bushings and it came with 3 different thrust washer depending where you were using them. If you do a search there are alot of opinions on the subject about problems using poly's in the rear. Mine are binding up on me and I may go back to rubber when I remove the rear end to put it in a new frame.
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I don't remember getting any kind of washer with rear polygraphite bushings. I don't know if prothane has different requirements...

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I don't remember "thrust washers" on my Energy Suspension bushings. But it's been a bunch of years...

I've been convinced that harder bushings increase the "binding" of the rear suspension; but I'm not convinced that it makes any difference on a street-driven vehicle. It probably makes a difference on a road race vehicle.
 

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And if you do NOT use the thrust washers the poly bushings can work out of their shell until you have metal to metal contact ;)
 
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