Red or Black bushings from Prothane?

Prothane Red vs Black

Red or Black? Black, or Red?

Prothane makes bushings in both colors. But is there a difference? Is one harder than the other? There are a lot of misconceptions about the color difference in Prothane’s bushings, so let us at DST clear that up for you.

How are these two colors different?

Aside from the actual color, there isn’t really a difference at all between the red and the black. They are the same durometer, or hardness, so they will perform the same and both should last the life of your vehicle. Big thanks to Dean for illustrating the confusion some feel with this question.

Prothane Red or Black bushings

What about the graphite rumor?

The black bushings do have a small amount of graphite mixed in with the polyurethane which has the potential to help with squeaking. But really, the best way to prevent Prothane bushings from squeaking is to use the supplied pre-lube and grease them properly at install. So whether you choose the red, or the black, just be sure to grease them properly to avoid any squeaking.

9 thoughts on “Red or Black bushings from Prothane?

    1. Yo Dalton! The prices for various parts don’t vary based on color. There is a very small amount of graphite in the black so it doesn’t effect the price at all. Again be sure to grease the bushing up properly at install, regardless of which color you go with!

  1. That was such an intuitive question from Laurence Mason. His parents must be very proud of him. In red OR black.

    1. Great question Edwin! It’s highly recommended to use Prothane’s Super Grease. Prothane’s Super Grease was designed specifically for their bushings to prevent the polyurethane from squeaking. You technically can use any grease you want, but the difference is longevity for both your bushings and your squeak free ride.

      What grease do you use for maintaining your tie rods and ball joints?

    1. Hey Anthony,

      If you’re referring to graphite impregnated red poly bushings then I think you’re out of luck. The purpose of red bushings is so that damage or imperfections are easier to spot since the black color can hide these things. Prothane backs up both red and black bushings with a lifetime warranty so the quality of the part is not affected by the color.

      I spoke with a tech over at Prothane and he said since the process of adding graphite changes the color of the bushing (you would have a red bushing with black polka dots) manufacturers only put graphite in their black bushings, if they add any at all. So we’re left with the painful decision between style and substance, but honestly, as long as you use the manufacturer supplied polyurethane bushing grease you shouldn’t need to worry about the extra lubrication that the graphite supplies.

      Has anyone come across graphite impregnated poly bushings that aren’t black?

      Thanks for the question Anthony.

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