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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 19, 8:09 AM Thread Starter
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Rear end install

Planning on installing this weekend, is it preferred to put polyurethane bushings on rear ears or rubber moog type and why? Also what method to install can I use a block wood and mallet. I ordered this just in case for some time install as the stores close do not have a rental bushing install tool
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 19, 8:37 AM
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John it depends on intended use. For a stock type cruiser, rubber if fine. If you're building a "canyon carver" or drag car, then poly is preferred. A freckle harsher ride, could be noisier.

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No it is just a street cruiser, Thanks and anything on the install method?
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No it is just a street cruiser, Thanks and anything on the install method?
I just used a block of wood and a c clamp.
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I just used a block of wood and a c clamp.

That's much safer. I've seen pics of broken ears & it ain't pretty.

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Re: Rear end install

I put my bushings in the freezer for a couple hours before installing.
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That's much safer. I've seen pics of broken ears & it ain't pretty.
Yeah, no way I was gonna beat on my new Moser
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 19, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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I just used a block of wood and a c clamp.
That was my initial thought, push in to get thru with clamp and wood, then hit wood to get them all the way, and I put them in the Freezer yesterday, will leave them there and take out 1 at time to install, do not want to break the ears
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Re: Rear end install

have found the best way for me is to install them with a piece of 1/2" threaded rod with hex nuts, piece of oversize (bushing od.) pipe and some washers ect to press them in instead of hitting on them. especially on the ones in the rear end housing.. think jegs or somewhere sells a tool kit for this installation.
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I cut a short piece of steel pipe that shouldered on the ear. Coupled with steel plates (or large, thick washers) with holes in them for a long (at least 1/2 dia) bolt and nut.

Start the bushing through the hole in the ear, place the pipe section on the opposite side of the ear to receive the bushing body, put the bolt through one washer (one that is large enough to cover the bushing's shoulder) against the bushing shoulder and through the bushing, ear and pipe. Place the other washer (large enough to cover the OD of the pipe) over the threaded end of the bolt, add the nut and tighten to draw the bushing through the ear. You may need several bolts, but one fully threaded bolt of sufficient length to get the threads started should do.

EDIT: Sorry Heckler, I must have missed your post, as you described much the same "tools" and process.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 19, 7:51 PM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow I will see if I can find the threaded rod pipe and washers 1 is in needs 1/4 inch more to go but broke wood with the c clamp method
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That seal driver kit you bought has all the large washers you can ever need to install some bushings.Just add a couple of steel washers that fit the threaded rod nuts so the aluminum doesn't gall up.Then all you need is a pipe that fits the rear end ears,some 7/16 or 1/2 inch all thread and you're good to go.
That installation tool that they sell is sweet but if you're not going to use it once a week or so, it's not worth buying it to only use it once.BTW What kind of control arms are you going to be using ?

When I installed my new bushings I also boxed the control arms at the same time with a weld-in boxing kit and used polyurethane bushings in the control arms with new stock rubber bushings in the rear end ears so it would have some give to it.Around that time a lot of people were doing their bushing install the same way so I felt I should do the same.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 19, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Actually my plan is to use the aluminum and get washers and pipe to go over end, I ended up getting umi performance 4026-b for the uppers and the lowers had found some already boxed lowers picking up today from powder coating, and also got the 4034-b sway bar
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