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How to get shackle bushings out?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by txbartman, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I just got my ORD HD greaseable shackles in yesterday. I plan to start installling them soon. How do I get the existing rubber bushings out?

    When I replaced my bushings in my swaybar, it was a pain in the butt. I drilled numerous holes and beat the crap out of it with my BFH until it finally came out. Is there a better method for the shackle ones and the ones in the eye of the springs?

    I also don't have a torch so I can't use the heat method. Or, is that a better way and justification for getting one of those small propane torches? Would it even work?

    HELP!!!

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  2. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    About the only other way that I know of would be to use a press and push them bushings out.

    Other than that idea, what you have done is how I get them out. The torch is my "last resort", as I do the drilling first. [​IMG]



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  3. tRustyK5

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    The little propane torch would do it...all you need is enough to get the rubber burning. Let it burn for a little bit and it should fall out. Keep an extinguisher handy though![​IMG]

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  4. arq

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    drill holes and if you have the leaf out far away from under your vehicle, dose the end in gas and light a match to it. this is highly NOT recommended method, but it has a similar effect to the torch. or you can just get a propane torch. you will see black smoke, try not to breath it in at all costs. very toxic stuff.

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  5. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    FIRE! This is the absolute best way to remove rubber bushings. All you need is one of those cheap plumbers torches.

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  6. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I had great luck with a 20 ton press. After your gear installs and doing bushings the BFH way, it make you appreciate hydraulic power presses (good investment, if you don't already own one). A 12 ton with do fine too, it's just that I have access to a 20 ton so I use it. One note, you still need to remove the inner metal sleeve. A BFH and chisel will do, but a pneumatic chisel with a muffler splitting attachment makes the job a cake walk (just loud).

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