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Burning bushings out of springs...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    Will it adversly affect the springs? I mean if I just take a torch to the bushings and let them burn away till they aren't in my way anymore. The bushings in my 52s are stubborn little bastages.
     
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    surpip 1 ton status

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    i wouldent think that the rubber would get hot enought to do anything bad to the spring
     
  3. pauly383

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    I would use mapp gas next time I do it . Mine weren't rusty ( AZ ) but wouldn't come out . We torched them with propane , took a little while but once hot enough burned away quickly .

    Then it was just drive them out ( outer sleeve ) with air chisel .

    And it still took all day to do all my rear spring bushings :wink1:
     
  4. camiswelding

    camiswelding 1/2 ton status

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    drilling and air chisel is the way to go...takes about 10 minutes per eye... and then you dont have nastly molten and charred rubber everywhere ....
    personal experience!

    it wont get hot enough to take the spring temper out...but why chance it

    cam
     
  5. HELLBENT DESIGNS

    HELLBENT DESIGNS 1/2 ton status

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    i usually burn em out! the bushing usally pops out before anything gets real hot :angry1:
     
  6. sled_dog

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    eh, the are all chewed up from drilling and chiseling and still won't come out. Tiny chunks at a time. I'm sure I spent 45 minutes per side and got no where. Been a long time since I messed with them.
     
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    if you do it and dont have a b tank setup definetly ue mapp gas, it burns hotter than propane and weill greatly speed up the process.
     
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    ill prob try burning them next time i need to do some just to try it. i used a ball joint tool to push the small metal sleeve out. then i was able to chunk the rest of the rubber out with a large flathead screwdriver. the part that took the longest was getting the metal sleeve out of the eye with the air chisel. took about 20 mins per bushing to remove and install a new one.
     

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