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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Cobalt Suspension Bushing Fix

Our '06 LT that has 48k miles is already on it's second set of front suspension lower control arm bushings, the "pancake" bushing to be specific, and doing just a quick search of the internet it seems to be a VERY common problem with the Cobalt. The problem for me though is that the warranty is out so the next set will come out of my pocket and it's obvious that the factory replacements aren't any better because it seems GM hasn't lifted a finger to actually fix the problem other than keep replacing them so my question is this. Do any aftermarket suppliers such as PST offer bushing kits that eliminate this issue or am I doomed to replacing these bushings every 20k miles or so regardless of who's bushing I use? I can deal with a harsher suspension due to stiffer bushings so long as I don't have to replace them as often as I would using factory bushings. When this problem first appeared at 20k miles, I couldn't find any aftermarket company that had poly type bushings for the Cobalt but now it seems they are available however my question is do these kits resolve the problem?
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Just upgrade control arms themselves. The Fe5 set up is pretty awesome.

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Thanks for the input Banker.
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Ya thats what i would do too. Unfortunately the answer to your question is yes, you will have to get used to it unless you upgrade. The FE-5's for the lsj(SC) are an easier(direct) swap from what ive heard.
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Anybody tried the MOOG replacement? Or these? Cheap for the whole arm.

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spend the extra 100 bucks and get the fe5 from 05-07 ss/sc

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Gotta bad feeling finding an SS in any of the local salvage yards around here wont be easy and I jumped the gun by stating that aftermarket companies were making polyurethane bushings for it now because if they are, I still can't find them. I'm not crazy about the idea of having to upgrade my lower control arms just to take care of a bushing issue but I'm not crazy about the idea of having to replace the bushings on the control arms that are on it every 20k miles either because that will add up from a long term point of view too.

Oh well, thanks for letting me know what I can expect and thanks to all for your input.
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Is there a difference between ss/sc and ss/tc control arms? Would the ss/sc control arms fit all year Cobalts or would the ss/tc control arms have to be used for 08+?



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ss/tc only fit tc's i believe. the ss/sc will fit all years except for the tc's. that's my predicament too. fe5 tc are cheaper than fe5 sc :(

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Ok cool. I take it the bushings last a lot longer with the SS control arms.



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