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Old 09-12-2008, 12:14 PM
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Default Control arm bushings - FZJ80

Is there any trick to keeping the bushings in place? Looked under the rig this morning and the driver's side control arm has moved passenger enough that it has been digging into the axle housing brackets. Both bushings are about 1/2" exposed now.
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The bushings should not move! maybe try staking the edge of the control arm after you slide the bushing back.
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:25 PM
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Yellow or blue bushings? You might try some Loctite sleeve retainer to glue them in place.
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Did the inside of the bushing opening get powdercoated? Might not have enough grip if it did.
In that case x2 on the Loctite.
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aren't the bushings supposed to get pressed in? that means they should be pretty dang tight.
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Thats strange. We did press them in and they were pretty tight. I would center them and stake as Kevin suggests. If it still happens we will make the seller warranty them
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I'm wondering if you shouldn't try to shorten your panhard rod a little.. are you getting any frame rubbing on either side under mad flex? It looks like your axle is being forced over towards the passenger side, and that's why your bushings are sticking out on the DS. You might be able to move them back to center with it all still in place, if you can get the right puller around the U-channel of the axle.. then either stake it like UB suggests, or maybe squirt a little metal onto the control arm that will act like a little stop? It's not bad as it sits though, and can't get any worse since the control arm is right up against the U-channel of the axle. But it should all be centered while at rest, so I wonder if your axle could stand to slide over a skoch.
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Pardon my statement, and with all due respect, but staking the arms is not the proper solution or fix considering the cost of the arms, bushings, labor, etc.

It takes so little force to center the axle (I've done it twice this week with a small rachet strap), that I doubt the parts have the correct tolerances. I will be buying these arms soon, so I am not knocking them nor his price.
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Pardon my statement, and with all due respect, but staking the arms is not the proper solution or fix considering the cost of the arms, bushings, labor, etc.

It takes so little force to center the axle (I've done it twice this week with a small rachet strap), that I doubt the parts have the correct tolerances. I will be buying these arms soon, so I am not knocking them nor his price.
Stakes done properly are easily repaired. I have the billet arms too and would not have any resistance to stake them if my bushings were moving. The fact is CA bushings are interference fit and should not be moving without considerable force so why are they?
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