SHELBY GT 350 Member
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I have poly offset bushings, installed them way back when I lowered my car. The only downside I have heard about them is that they can shift under hard suspension/steering load such as a/x track. My car obviously isn't subjected to that and 8+ years later they are still in their original installed positions. And I had so much other work done at around the same time (springs, c/c plates, lca's etc) that I can't say I noticed any difference with the bushings.
As your research suggests, I don't think you can go wrong with the solid (aluminum) bushings. The amount of change in steering feel could probably vary though, depending on how worn/deteriorated your current bushings are.
What may be worth doing is look underneath the car and watch the rack while somebody else runs the wheel back and forth. Car on the ground so that the suspension is loaded. See if the rack shifts at all, that will tell you right there how much you do or don't need these bushings at the moment.
If your struts are worn, new ones will tighten up steering response a lot. I only got to put about 8 miles on my Koni str.t's before my car decided it's time for a new flywheel (and now sits parked for the time being) but I was absolutely amazed at how crisp steering response became with installing new struts.
2001 GT Convertible
All the usual bolt-on's /200 I6, C4
And a few Explorers too... 2008 4.0 XLT 4x2, 1996 XLT 5.0 4x2, 2003 Sport Trac XLT 4.0 4x4