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best way to get out rubber spring eye bushings?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by OffRoad, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. OffRoad

    OffRoad 1/2 ton status

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    i'm swapping front leaves and i'm preparing the new ones now. they were cut out of the old truck with a torch. i'm down to the bolt and the rubber bushing. i don't have a torch. what should i do?:confused:
     
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    Press them out.
     
  3. jekbrown

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    1. press.
    2. torch.
    3. drill-n-chunk method as shown in my 52" spring swap tech article.

    j
     
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    it may take a bit longer, but it works because this is how we got the crusty old rubber bushings out of some 63s. go to walmart, buy a small propane torch and heat those mofos up and start taking pieces out with a flathead that you don't really need. worked for me and didn't require too much money or muscle.
     
  5. 73k5blazer

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    $10 Propane torch from the hardware store works well.
    Put the spring in a vise sideways with the eye hole vertical and put a coffee can on the floor underneath it, torch them, the rubber will burn and drip out.
    Make sure everything around it is clear and you have adequete ventilation, as the flames can get high, and so can you if your not careful.
    Works well though.
    It's the only way the bushings from trucks here in MI come out. It's amazing what a little rust can do. When I first brought my 73 here from AZ, the bushings came out with a couple light taps of the hammer.
     
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    drill them out. run a decent sixe bit through in a couple of places. should chunk the rubber and make it easier to get it out. less risk of burning the garage down.
     
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    What he said, oh ya have fun with the metal sleeve too:eek1: :haha: :haha:
     
  8. jekbrown

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    metal sleeve technique is shown in my tech article too...

    j
     
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    I drilled them out
     
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    I must not have read said thread. My hands hurt for 2 days after that, from trying to remove those da*n sleeves:eek1: :eek1:
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    not a thread, a tech article... tech section. :)

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    If you decide to press them out I would still drill some holes through the bushing first.

    Its quick and easy and will save you a bunch of hassle on the press :D
     
  13. OffRoad

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    thanks for the response guys. i'll prolly try the $10 torch method.
     
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    A sawzall works too. Just cut a slice in the bushing (without touching the spring eye) and then hit it with a hammer a couple times.
     
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    I guess i'm spoiled. My 40 ton air over hydraulic press laughs at just about anything i throw in it. :D
     

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