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post #181 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 14, 9:33 PM
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Your timing is great, I'm planning on doing the same upgrade and look forward to your results.

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post #182 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 14, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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OK...I sort of got ahead of myself...Maybe all you guys have seen this trick for getting those stubborn control arm bushings out...

I use a drill and a 5/16th's drill bit...I start real slow on the outside of the bushing, letting the bit "walk" around the out side of the bushing till it starts to "auger" its way between the rubber and steel sleeve...


(I cant take credit for this trick...I saw a guy on youtube do this. Just thought I'd pass it on)














I used these bushings...they are the "cheap" option at NAPA...

$10.66 a pair...yep...$5.33 a piece. I've compared these to several more expensive ones...and these look exactly like the originals. ( I actually have a couple "NOS" bushings I bought a LONG time ago)




This is a "patented" Big Mike installation trick though...

Big hammer...big socket...WHACK, WHACK, WHACK!!!

First hit...



Second hit...





Done deal...



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post #183 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 14, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Finished product...


Front shot on the hoist...





Rear...






On the "drive on hoist" so I could tighten all the bolts at ride height...




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post #184 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 14, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know what happened to his post...but Phillip corrected me on my drill bit size. I had originally stated I had used a 5/8th's bit...that's wrong...it was a 5/16th's...

Thanks again for the good catch Phillip!

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The socket whack is the only truly time-tested method for installing those bushings. Takes 1/4 the time of getting the press ready

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post #186 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 14, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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The socket whack is the only truly time-tested method for installing those bushings. Takes 1/4 the time of getting the press ready


Come on now Keith...your tellin' me I'm not the first guy to use a hammer and socket to install these...???

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I'm telling you that if nobody showed you that, then you're pretty dang smart.

I had to be told and then shown and then shown again then whacked with a socket upside the head.

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post #188 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 14, 9:11 AM
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I have a couple of questions. What is the back spacing on the rear wheels?
On the lower arms you boxed, I'm assuming the factory holes in the arm are not the correct location for the sway bar, is that correct?

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post #189 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 14, 9:54 PM Thread Starter
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I have a couple of questions. What is the back spacing on the rear wheels?

I never measured them when I put them on...I was in a hurry to get going that day...I will check it when I get it dug out of the snow bank...!!!




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On the lower arms you boxed, I'm assuming the factory holes in the arm are not the correct location for the sway bar, is that correct?

No Phillip...I got them as close as I possibly could to the factory measurements...

I used this web sight that BillsCamino linked me to....

http://www.leverfamilysite.com/Sway_...le_Spacing.htm





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Thanks for the link.

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post #191 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 28th, 14, 5:55 PM
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do you really think the rubber is preventing the metal sleeve from the bushing to stay in there better? I dont think the rubber is applying anywhere near the force on that steel sleeve compared to the force that the steel is already compressed into the control arm. neat trick, but I cant believe that the old rubber is contributing to holding the bushing sleeve in. I would bother with removing the rubber first. everything you did looks great though. thanks for putting it up for us.

btw FO_FDYFO is ebonics for four fifty four.

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post #192 of 339 (permalink) Old Nov 28th, 14, 7:21 PM
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In process of rebuilding my lower arms. To aid in getting the bushings out, the sleeve was compressed using an air hammer with a chisel blade. Use it on both sides of the small end and on the inside of the big end. 2 smacks with a hammer and they fell right out. I use the same method for the front control arms also.


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very nice.

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Little trick Tom Mobley showed me a few years ago.

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One advantage to removing the bushing, the shell would crush easier. Maybe a combination of what we both did would work the best.

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