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Author Topic:   Removing bottom A-arm bushings
xhubby
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted May 19, 2004 06:31 PM  
What's the best way to remove old stock bushings from bottom A-arms, & get new ones back in? Thanks.

FASTLAP
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 171
posted May 19, 2004 07:06 PM  
I used the old heat and beat method. Had the new steel bushings pressed in & tacked to be sure

24KC
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 35
posted May 19, 2004 07:41 PM  
Genuine PITA cut them close to the A-frame with a sawzall, and then you should be able to get them out easily with a chisel.

joeyi
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted May 20, 2004 04:39 AM  
i let the old rubber bushings burn then singe them with the torch

NJantz
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted May 20, 2004 05:39 AM  
Sawzall, hammer, and chisel are my tools of choice. Then I put some small tack welds on the new bushings.

Dman
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 270
posted May 20, 2004 08:37 AM  
I use an air chisel (and some earplugs).I hook the chisel under the lip of the bushing and pry up as it chisels.Sometimes the inside edge of the bushing is flared so I fold it in with the chisel first then go under the lip and pry/chisel. No fun!
Put some grease on the new bushing to help it in.
No need to weld. the double shear mount and the outer flange on the bushing won't let it come out of the a-frame once it is on the car. Good luck!

vosevichs
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 78
posted May 20, 2004 11:09 AM  
I call my friend... He has an air chisel. That is our tool off choice. Hammers, Chisels, Sawzalls?? that's alot of work. We don't worry about welding them. They aren't going anywhere.

bkap
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 95
posted May 20, 2004 12:49 PM  
How about a trip to Harbor Freight or Northern Tool and get an inexpensive bushing removal/installation kit. Easy to use. That way you don't have to breathe the burning robber. Or listen to your teeth chatter when using an air chisel.

NJantz
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted May 20, 2004 01:21 PM  
bkap- what fun would that be?

xhubby
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted May 20, 2004 04:32 PM  
Thanks guys. I think I've tried just about all of the ways described, except the air chisel. I was hoping someone would have a magical way that was easier. I guess I'm just getting older & lazier. Thanks again.
Ya'll have a good 2004.

juliaferrell
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted May 20, 2004 07:00 PM  
If you have a press just push the rubber inner out...........run a bead of weld around the inside of the sleeve and it'll practically fall right out. Nipping outer ring with torch works ok too.

bkap
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 95
posted May 21, 2004 09:25 AM  
NJantz, you're right. Especially the fun of watching someone else beating themselves to a pulp with all those rube techniques (most of which I've used over the years.) I even used to use large sockets and a bench vice, which is a barrel of fun to do by yourself! Sort of a poor-man's press.

Dman
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 270
posted May 24, 2004 09:36 AM  
I looked at harbour freight and northen tool.
No bushing installer/remover to be found.
Give us a number.
Dman

xhubby
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted May 24, 2004 07:07 PM  
Well guys, I got them changed. I took a 1/4" drill bit & drilled abunch of holes all around through the rubber. Then I used a die grinder & ground from hole to hole. The center steel bushing came out real easy, then I air chiseled the outer steel bushing out. Was kind of noisy, but didn't take too long. Thanks again.

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