I should have posted an update but I didn't. I ended up just installing the regular-looking aftermarket bushing I had laying around. (I didn't use the Currie part.) It's been a good long time and many miles since I replaced it and she's holding up fine. So to answer your question, I think the OEM or OEM-like part will be fine. That's the short answer.
I think there is a "directional" approach to installing these things. This means if you look at the replacement part, there are "air gaps" on two side within the bushing and then there's rubber connecting the inside to the outside of the bushing on the other two sides within said bushing (I know, I know, horrible explanation, but if you look at the pic of a new one you will see what I mean!). I believe when I installed it, I didn't alight the rubber sections to the direction of the slamming torque of the axle, so it was basically moving fore/aft without any of that rubber actually absorbing the impact. THAT'S why the first time I replaced it, it wore out so damn fast. In fact, that's probably why some people have this issue and some don't... it all depended on how the car assembly person pressed it in.
So when you go to re-install that bushing, look at page 1 of this post and see how I have the finished bushing pressed into place (specifically, note there is a flat spot on the outter ring of the bushing). DO NOT install it the way I did! Rotate your bushing 90degrees and then press it in. Hope you can see what I mean in my pix.
Originally Posted by tankman67
I just purchased a 2006 and it has the same issue. I think the previous owner just ignored it because the rubber bushing is almost nonexistent. Anyway, did anyone determine which part is best? I see them online at Napa, Advance Auto, Quadratec, and them OEM, etc. Any help would be appreciated. I don't want to have to replace this again for a long time!
Thanks in advance.