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HELP!!!SPRING BUSHING SLEEVES!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BLUESMAN, Dec 7, 2001.

  1. BLUESMAN

    BLUESMAN 1/2 ton status

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    I need help getting these Da@# spring sleeves out! Any advice????
     
  2. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Torch! or lots of PB Blaster and a BIG hammer

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  3. Greg72

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    Here's how I did it.....

    Get your Sawzall and put in one of their Bi-Metal blades (18tpi)....CAREFULLY insert the blade through the spring eye, and cut straight down to create a 'notch' in the sleeve. When the blade breaks through the sleeve you will 'feel' it if you're paying attention....work slowly, and check both sides of the cut to make sure that the blade is cutting 'level'

    Once you break through...you can drive a screwdriver under it sleeve with a hammer and bend it up slightly...once it starts to pull away from the spring eye....you should be able to use a drift (or socket extension!) to pound the sleeve's edge and knock it out.

    If you check my photos I think there is one on the sleeve removed...you can see the cuts I made, and how I bent it to allow me to drive it out! Once you do the first one, it will be easy.....you just need to get the 'technique' figured out.

    Here's the photo: <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/albums/albun55/aax.sized.jpg>http://coloradok5.com/albums/albun55/aax.sized.jpg</a>


    -Greg72

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  4. wayne

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    If you are removing the whole bushing the easiest way I found is to use a small drill bit and drill around the old bushing and get as much of the rubber out as you can and then just use a hammer and punch (or a big bolt or a ratchet extention) and just pop them out. I found it a little easier to get them out if you get them out far enough to get a vice grip on them and twist them around to help loosen them and then drive them out the rest of the way.

    See <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Waynes-Toy>Project Mighty Mouse</a> here.
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  5. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Although I haven't tried it yet, I like Pugsley's method, soak the rubber in lighter fluid, apply flame.

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  6. DuneRunner

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    Small Propain Torch(sp) (plumbing torch(sp)) and heat up the steel sleeve that the bolt goes through. Then the rubber should slid out. After that I used a Hack Saw. (didn't have Steel blades for the Saws All at the time)
    Be sure to grease up the new bushings
    Good luck, KEN

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  7. TwoCrowsDesign

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    Torch 'em!

    John
     
  8. BLUESMAN

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    Thanks everyone...I got 'em off with the drill,torch and and big friggin hammer!Sanded them down smooth and installed the urethanes with lots of grease.Now to install the 56" springs unto the rear hangers(frt. 3/4 ton's).It's all coming together!!!!
     

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