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I just replaced my front stabilizer bar bushings to fix a clunking noise I was getting. It solved the problem and the clunking is gone, but the replacement bushings don't seem to fit quite exactly. They are the correct aftermarket units.

driver/left side bushing driver/left side bushing

passenger/right side bushing passenger/right side bushing

The bar is centered as far as I can tell, the bushings are fully in the grooves, brackets are torqued to spec (29 ft/lb) and oriented correctly.

I've tried removing and reseating the bushings, shuffling the bar and brackets around a bit, but I just can't get these bushings to close up.

Is this a problem?

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Not all aftermarket parts are created equal, so they are not always an exact fit. Lubricate the moving surfaces (bushing-to-bar) with silicone grease and most likely this setup will last very reasonable length of time.

  • So, worst case scenario, the $10 bushings just might wear out sooner than otherwise? – Recovering Nerdaholic Jul 23 at 22:42
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    Yes, and lubricating it is the important part there vs. whether the bushing actually "closes". – Enot Jul 23 at 22:44

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