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Old 09-22-2014, 04:44 PM
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Default Rear Control Arm Bushings - looking to borrow or use press and tool

Anyone near central Denver have a press and the tool for the rear upper and lower control arms along with a strong impact wrench? 1993 80 series. Perhaps I could borrow, or if you are brave, we could them together at your place with me supplying food and drink .

I'd like to do this one evening this week or on the weekend.

I am already starting to pre-soak the nuts and bolts.

The front lower control arms will be done by a professional. I have no plans to wrestle those.

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Old 09-23-2014, 11:58 AM
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The fronts were somewhat easy with the aluminum press bushing and I would assume the rears are the same. Be warned though, it takes a substantial amount of pressure to pop those suckers out, and what I found was that the cheaper harbor freight presses (like mine) have too much misalignment to really be safe. The best option, easier and safer, is to find a press that doesn't have a trolley with a bottle jack in it. You need one where the only thing dropping down onto the work, is the piston cylinder itself. For example: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FehDMgod3WQA8A

On one of the bushings, my suspension arm wasn't 100% level, and with the slop in that carriage, it shot the bushing out the side and across the room. I slid wedges in between the carriage and the frame after that, and it did help. I plan on retrofitting some casters on the carriage so that I get the slop down even further.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:01 PM
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Probably won't help much but I do have a large thick washer I ground down the outside and ground out the middle of for the lower control arm rear bushings. I had a socket perfect size for teh uppers but the rears were a bit bigger. Not exactly the correct way to do it though...a nice exact machined press tool would be much nicer/safer
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:30 PM
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All good comments. I'm told the rears are substantially easier than the fronts. Because the fronts have caster bushings and I will buy those from Slee when the time is right, I will pay them to do the heavy lifting and aligning.

I would like to get this done before Outlaws (10/4) but so busy at work that may not be able to happen.
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