Originally Posted by PhilCommanderPayne
Hey, I’ve just purchased the pinion bushing from creative steel. How is the noise and vibration? I am still really worried about that rather than going for Mopar.
Also are Dorman/ Westar as good as getting Mopar?
The Creative Steel black pinion bushing does have a little more noise than the original bushing, but not much. Mostly seems like it just transmits slightly more of the gear noise/whine from the differential, but probably not anything anybody but you is going to notice or complain about. The Mopar bushing that I removed was trashed, only about 20% of the rubber was still attached which was allowing the differential to flex wherever it wanted, so it really wasn't doing much of anything anymore. So, it's entirely possible that a new Mopar bushing would transmit more noise as well, so there may not be that much of a difference.
For the amount of torque that gets put on that pinion bushing, I don't understand why they didn't put a tougher bushing in there. The stock bushings work fine in the other two locations, but using the exact same bushing for the pinion as the passenger side which obviously takes much less abuse seems absurd to me. The fact that seemingly ALL Commanders have this bushing fail at relatively low miles should be a clue that the factory bushing is inadequate.
I'm not sure about Westar, but the Dorman bushing that I got for the passenger side looked the same as OEM, but had a lot more little bits of rubber hanging off of it. Essentially it just didn't look as nicely finished, but I doubt that would affect its performance or longevity.
Knowing what I know now, I think I made the right choice with the CS black pinion bushing, and OEM style for the other two (I think Dorman/Westar are probably on par with Mopar bushings). The CS bushing seemed MUCH tougher, and with luck, I'll never touch it again!