Polybush develops anti-roll bar bush for Sprinter

  • Made from high-tensile polyurethane material
  • Helps reduce MOT costs and increase safety
  • Developed in response to customer demand

Polybush, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of suspension bushes and components, has developed an anti-roll bar bush for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It claims this reduces MOT costs and increases driver safety through improved turn-in and stability.

Customer demand

Polybush says this was developed in response to customer demands, who complained about excess noise and damage to metal-mating components such as the anti-roll bar itself. The new bushes can put up with the strain of heavy loads and uneven or rough terrain and will typically last around four to five times longer than original Mercedes-Benz bushes, the company says.

Advantages of polyurethane bushes

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter anti-roll bar bush is made from polyurethane, which is an ideal material with its combination of high-tensile strength and elasticity. This translates to immense durability in the toughest conditions.

With a tighter fit to the anti-roll bar, this reduces the amount of knocks and squeaks otherwise experienced from loose bushes and minimises wear.

Polyurethane bushes also have excellent resilience and spring back into shape effortlessly to absorb shock and prevent dirt ingress and wear. They have one final advantage in that they don’t age or perish, whereas the standard rubber bushes both perish and are attacked by oils and fuels.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an extremely popular van and has been seen as the most premium van in the large van segment since its launch in 1996. Over the past couple of years, the Sprinter's competition has improved but we still rate it ahead of its next nearest rival, the Ford Transit.

The Sprinter is available in four body lengths, three roof heights and a gross vehicle weight range of between 3.2 and five tonnes. There’s a range of four- and six-cylinder engines on offer with power outputs between 93 and 188hp, although they are thirsty engines.

Safety is something Mercedes is famous for, and the new Sprinter benefits from a raft of systems that aim to keep both occupants and pedestrians out of trouble. For instance, Cross-Wind Assist comes as standard. This can detect when a gust of wind pummels into the side of the van and compensates for it, meaning you stay driving in the direction you intended.

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