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I'm trying to figure out if I can make use of some 13/16" bushings that I'll probably never use.

Has anyone figured out a way to enlarge the hole of sway bar bushings.

How could a guy open up the hole of a 13/16 bushing to fit a larger sway bar?
Like 1-1/8" or 1-1/4"

I wonder if I could fabricate a 1-1/4 inch hole punch from a piece of pipe or tubing?
Then capture the bushing in a jig and push the punch thru it on a press???????
 

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You could clamp it in a vice and bore the hole to the desired diameter.
But, it's hardly worth the effort...the things are cheap.
 

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You could clamp it in a vice and bore the hole to the desired diameter.
But, it's hardly worth the effort...the things are cheap.
How exactly ???

Putting one in a vise would distort it.
Trying to drill it out with a drill bit would no doubt grab the rubber and twist it right out of the vice, not to mention the hole would be nowhere near round and probably pretty rough, even if successful.
 

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Using a large endmill comes to my mind...do you know anyone who works in a machine shop?

Trying to puch it out with a pice of pipe seems like it could be a tough go...
Yes, I have access to a machine shop.

Maybe if the pipe was hot and/or lubricated?

I imagine it would have to be razor sharp.

I'm just looking to see if anyone has ever done this and what they used and whether it was successful.
 

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Freeze it in dry ice or liquid nitrogen, Use and soft collet cut to the size of the bushing, Bore out to desired size.
This is easy to do and will only waste 30-45 minutues of a shops time. Been there done that.
 

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it your TIME .... spend it how you like :rolleyes:

if you have a few thousand dollars worth of Bridgeport & tooling you'll have no problem cutting a new I.D. on your bushings ..........

toss the bushing in the box in the garage & work on something worth while :D
 

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How exactly ???

Putting one in a vise would distort it.
Trying to drill it out with a drill bit would no doubt grab the rubber and twist it right out of the vice, not to mention the hole would be nowhere near round and probably pretty rough, even if successful.
I'm not talking about clamping the crap out of it... :rolleyes:
How about considering using the sway bar mounting bracket as a restraint and a couple adjustable parallels to hold it in place in the vice.
Hell, we bore/machine/profile teflon blocks all the time...double face tape holds it in place.
And I said bore...HS single point tool...not drill.
 
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