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> The easiest way to get old rubber bushings
> out is to burn them with a torch. Keep
> heating until they start on fire, and let
> them burn a bit. Then all you have to do is
> push them out.:)
> P.S. do this out side, lots of black smoke!

Actually, using a hydraulic press is far easier still! :^) I wouldn't heat critical suspension parts like that if I could avoid it.

The original poster is right about the shells, BTW. Using a hydraulic press to get those shells out is really iffy, unless you have just precisely the right drivers. I've heard of people using a zip gun and a cold chisel to scrape them out. I've also heard of people heating the outside of the bushing housing for a long time with a torch and then trying to push the shell out with a hammer and a socket. Of these, I've only tried the press method, and it proved impractical.

The correct way to do this ( for us mortals anyway ) is with a hacksaw. Very carefully, i.e.so you don't cut into the bushing housing, hacksaw a pair of parallel tracks about half an inch apart down the part of the shell which is best supported by the rest of the arm. You'll end up with a little strip of bushing shell that's barely held on to the rest of the shell, because you cut almost all of its connection to it. Now what you do is very carefully peel that strip away using a cold chisel of less than half an inch width ( adjust dimensions to taste, ) taking care not to gouge the housing walls. After this, the shell is just incrediby loose, and you can drive it out of the housing with gentle taps of a hammer on the right size socket.

A variant of this is also discussed in Wick's book, BTW. I think he uses it just to get the rubber bushings out, however ( hey, there's another idea! )

Doug Dawson
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Just say, A hacksaw is a marvelous tool. Etc.
 
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