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Author Topic:   installing control arm bushings ??
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 134
posted March 30, 2005 06:48 AM  
any of you guys have any tricks to doing this, i try to do it in a press. It usually looks like a monkey trying to have relations with a chicken by the time i am done. the biggest problem i have is to keep from crushing the the ends of the arm when pushing the old ones out. I have thought of trying to make a spacer to put inside the arm when pushing, but I was hoping that you guys would have an easier way that i am missing. Thank you

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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 117
posted March 30, 2005 07:09 AM  
If you're talking about the lowers here is how I do it. Take a torch and set the bushing on fire. Drink a beer and wait for the rubber to burn. Beware the center bushings have been known to shoot out. After you remove all the rubber, slice the outer housing with the torch and romove them. If the new bushings are extremely hard to install, ream the control arm ever so slightly and install your new bushings and finish the rest of your beer.

Artie Perilloux
A & M Motorsports

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posted March 30, 2005 07:37 AM           send a private message to A&M Motorsports   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
I do exactly what he said.

But before I start I put the new bushings in the freezer.

then after I slice out the old bushings sleeve I go get the frozen bushing and drop it in the warm a arm and hit it usually one or two times and your done.

takes longer for the rubber to burn out than anything else!!!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 270
posted March 30, 2005 07:50 AM  
This has been discussed in previous postings. The easiest way without getting a burn permit is to use an air chisel to remove them.Clean any rust from the hole.Take a piece of tubing the length of the width of the a-frame at the bushing.Slice the piece of tubing in half and slip it into the a-frame.This will keep the a-frame from collapsing.Use anther piece of tubing or a cheap socket(one of the tool man. makes a set of bushing drivers.) the outside diameter of the rubber in the bushing and a little grease on the new bushing.Drive the bushing in.You don't have to worry about tack welding it in place. Once the a-frame is installed it won't go anywhere.And if the a-frame gets bent you can easily re-use them on the next set.There really is no easy way. Good luck!

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 35
posted March 30, 2005 05:35 PM  
Drill a bunch of holes through the rubber, cut it up real good eventually the inner sleeve will come out then sawzall the outer sleeve close to the arm. Whats left of the sleeve where it actually is in the arm will pop out easily with chisel and hammer. Clean the rust out of the holes with a die grinder and new bushings should fall in.

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