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PostSubject: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:47 pm

I was just curious if anyone here has ever removed the body bushings and solid mounted the body to the chassis?

I was discussing this topic with my chassis guy, and he suggested this as a way of strengthening the overall vehicle.

It makes sense I guess.....by removing the soft rubber bushings and mounting the body directly to the frame, you have now used the strength and structure of the body to almost reinforce the frame and limit flex.

I guess it would also drop the car about 1-2" right?

Just a thought.
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:59 pm

WHY ????
Overkill .You gotta have some give/flex even in a race car.
Glass is gonna crack.
how are things gonna line up fenders core support etc.????
My suggestion would be poly bushings.
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:17 pm

why would the glass crack?

You can take a full size gm body off the frame, put it on jack stands and all the doors/ trunk still open and close fine.

Drag cars run solid motor mounts, solid tranny mounts, sepherical eyelids for shocks and control arms....

Even unibody cars that recieve full frames underneath (tube chassis or 2x3) are essentially doing the same thing.

(not blowing off your opinion, just legit asking why that would potentially happen, not saying your right or wrong)
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:23 pm

Because these cars aren't designed to be rigid. They are designed to flex and move. If you take out all the flexability then things will start breaking. Just look at the people who used heavy sway bars on solid upper and lower rear control arms. Once the flex is gone you quickly see that these cars were designed by people who didn't totally understand geometry or tolerences.
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:29 pm

Don't do it. You will be sorry. Ask me how I know! Surprised
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:30 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
Don't do it. You will be sorry. Ask me how I know! Surprised

How do you know Question
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:05 pm

Do it and let us know how it works out for you.
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PostSubject: Re: removing body bushings   Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:18 pm

I would worry about clearance issues with the body and the chassis mounted parts.
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