I prefer whiteline bushes, there a little softer than Prothane, so the ride on a not so smooth road doesn’t rattle the plastic bits off the dash.
On the White line website, there’s section where you can pick your bushes based on size. In order to get the correct bush. That’s what I did.
I’ve done the bushing game. PM if you want in indepth (My) POV of suspension bushes. I’ve got a thread out there someplace that I did about a year ago (maybe two) that I rattle on about bushes, and my experience is.
In a nutshell
Whiteline is my bush of choice for all suspension bushes that don’t go between the suspension and the subframe. I like to keep those bushes rubber. For the sway bar to subframe mount, I use the OEM bushes and put collars on each side of the rubber mount (around the swaybar) to keep in place and not slide side to side.
We are talking about the sway bar bushes right? not the control arm wishbone. There shouldn’t be am metal sleeve for the sway bar. The rack, IFS mount to the frame (in front), & control arm (wishbone) bushes DO have steel sleeves. could you post a picture of what bush you’re referring to, please?
Not to overstate the obvious, yep, those are swaybar endlinks. I have to say I haven’t seen a kit like that until now. it would appear that what you removed isn’t “factory” or what we’re use to be seeing, either. The previous bushes have obviously been over tightened; but the bit that missing is this
Here’s how the car originally came, if you didn’t already know.
Mispackaged or poorly built, the result is the same to me
My money was properly packaged
Now a new doubt invades me, I seem to remember that positioning the wishbone with new bushes on to the cross member, there was a LOT of longitudinal play as if the bushes were half an inch too short… What nightmare did I get myself into now???
Ok, well that makes sence now; and I feel like an idiot, this is making a bit more sense. I’ve found several “bushing kits” for the XJ’s but I haven’t fund any details as to whether their upper or lower control arm bushings; and I can’t find any specs. But here’s a couple of websites where you can find your bushing by dimension rather than application. I’ve been very successful going this route over application. Nolathane available at summitracing.com Prothane - not my favorite Whiteline - these guys are terrific. I believe their based out of Texas (If I remember correctly) call them, and they will be very helpful
on getting the right bush for the application.
have you considered the OE bushes? I get mine at Rockauto.com Beck/Arnley, Moog,
Uro parts aren’t my favorite, but if there’s nothing else available…