- Sep 17, 2008
OilLite has its place, but it's not in anything structural like this. C93200 bronze should work, but it's a bit softer than steel and might compress, shorten and swell, increasing its OD and defeating the hole-clearance idea. C1018 steel or mild steel would be fine. Brass is harder, but as a bushing it wears too quickly. With thinner walls it cracks.Yes..if the bushing is too long in relation to the hole and you will not get the wire through the hole, too short and you could shear the wire....making the bushing a little short and using thin washers or shim stock so it clamps but does not shear is the trick. ....Or good measurement of location of the hole and a lathe to make the bushing. I really like 4130 tube for bushings, I would not use a sinterned bronze bushing (oil-lite) here as they are pretty brittle. I have never used navel bronze in a strength application (ranther than a bushing supported by other material) so I do not know how it would behave. I did once try to cut an oil-lite bushing and it crumbled.