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Old 04-28-2011, 01:13 PM
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So I finally couldn't take the bottoming out with every crack in the pavement, so cut open the arm and bled for a few minutes before buying an 80 series OME medium kit from Slee. Not that his prices are high, I just was hoping to not have to spend the $$ right now. It will inevitably lead to more spending....brake lines, u-joints, tires....

That said, I need to install this myself to save $$, and on the fast side. Meaning, the wife will only give me a few hours on a Saturday to get this done before I have to come back and help with the kiddos. I'm looking for recommendations to getting the castor bushings changed. I don't have a shop press yet, though buying one would cost the same as paying someone to change them out for me in some cases. Anyone have a press that I can come use for a bit on a Saturday or something? Oh, and not to be picky, but closer to Denver the better b/c of the time issue.

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Old 04-28-2011, 01:24 PM
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they are tough to press in and do it right from the times ive seen it done, i would have slee do them if it were me or nother cruiser shop thats done them before.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:39 PM
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Dan might still have the extra floating control arms so you could get pressed in by any shop and give yours to the next guy... Let me know if you need help. we can swap that suspension in hour.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:35 PM
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An hour? Really? Wow....It took me several hours to replace the shocks a month ago or so. I put brand new Toyota shocks on....that was a mistake. Nothing wrong with the shocks, but that clearly wasn't the problem.

The help would be huge...not sure what your shop arrangement is, but I at least have a flat concrete pad and a full size floor jack. (missing my old neighbor's 2 post lift now) I have heard a bottle jack comes in handy for swapping the springs, and I have one of those as well.
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I have a press you can use at 84th and Wads. 20 ton. I'm not sure what the "correct" way to do them is (referencing the above comment), so you might be better with a cruiser head.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:37 PM
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It seems like there are only two parts that are tricky or critical to the bushings. A press tool (which I have) when removing them, and then getting the new bushings in the correct position before you press them in. Other than that, if you follow basic rules of thumb with pressing things (support, etc) and have a large enough press, it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:48 PM
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Hey Barry I do have the extra set of control arms that are handed around the club specifically to expedite lift installation on 80s. I can get them to you tomorrow if you want them.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:12 PM
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Sorry but I'm failing to see how cc will fix you from bottoming out?

Install is pretty straight forward, the template helps a lot. Also definitely a two man job with some lube recommended.

Lmk if you need help in the c/s area.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:32 PM
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I'm not available this Saturday, but the next I am. Or, if you want to grab the extra set of arms, and do it on another day, that is fine too.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:50 PM
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I had my 80 for a few years without the bushings in. Its not the end of the world of you drive it to CM without them. Just hold on tighter!
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