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Rear suspension! Update with pics

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Grieby54, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. Grieby54

    Grieby54 1/2 ton status

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    Ok... I am putting new leaf springs on for my rear susp. I have the shackles out... but you know the bushing inside of the shackle? It needs to be replaced... so I bought a set of bushings and I'm trying to get out the old ones. But I can only get out the inner metal ring, and the bushing itself. There's an outter metal ring that I just CAN'T get. So is there a trick to it? And if not... is there anywhere I could buy a new 1977 Chevy 1/2 ton rear suspension shackle??? I've called all my local part stores, including dealerships, and NOBODY has it. I'd do a junkyard search... but that puts me back where I started with a need for new bushings. I'm on hold with Chevrolet right now, but I dunno if they'll have it. All I need is the shackle... not the bushing. And the shackle will work if it's anywhere between 67-87. But if you guys could tell me a few tricks how to get it out... that would be even better! :confused: :( :dunno:
     
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    sawzall should do the trick.
     
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    how do you figure?
     
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    well that's how I got them out. see the gap between the main leaf and spring eye just use that gap to fit the sawzall through there then chisled it out.here I took an pic for you.

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    oh I just reread it. there should be an gap on the shackle too just use the same method and it should do the trick.
     
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    Ok... here's my problem: I've been beating on it like hell with a chizzle and it's not budging. Not to mention I don't know where I'd hit it with a sawzall becauset it's completely surrounded by the shackle. So if I cut from the inside... I'm afraid I'd cut the shackle.

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    ok, just use the sawzall and be very carefull that's how I did mine. I went through the same thing back in jan and it was an PITA.
     
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    I bought whole brand new rear shackles at my GM dealer, my parts guy found them for me, they were $10 cost, I dunno what list would be, but if they are out there, just make someone at your dealership find them.
     
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    yea... been one so far... so you would cut out a section.. then just bang out the rest?
     
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    my dealership guy said "well we don't even deal with trucks that old..."
     
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    yup, just use an fine tooth blade and go slow. I think I rember just hitting the surface of the shackle eye but nothing serious.
     
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    that's all we have around here are trucks 87 and older, so I guess they can't say that to us, If I find out the part number I will relist.
     
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    That'd be great... thanks man... but in the mean time... I'll be sawzalling as best I can I suppose...
     
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    An air hammer with a small blunt point made short work of the bushing sleve on my springs. I just pounded them inward all around and then just worked on it around the edges and it eventually slid out.

    Without one I would still be pounding on those bushings 2 weeks later.
     
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    Unfortuneately you got a jackass at the dealership...i bought a set from sands chevrolet in phx 3 years ago....they were like $10 a piece.

    DW
     
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    don't suppose you could tell me the part#???
     
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    try a spring shop...

    The dealers can get them--they just are lazy if they say "not available!....I can buy new shackles with bushings at a local truck parts supply place for 20 bucks apeice...most places that sell and install leaf springs have or can get them..

    I have tried many ways to remove the bushings--like using a threaded rod and a peice of pipe and washers to suck it thru the shackle,or hammer and chisel it until the sleeve collapses,then it comes right out...a cutting torch is best...quicker than a sawsall and if your careful,it wont damage the shakle--a quick pull of the trigger and you can cut a slot in the shell of the bushing and it comes out easily once the slot is cut... :crazy:
     
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    Part number 14022597. List $17.87 Net $14.89

    Just bought two this week for the chalet as i was redoing the entire suspension.

    Doug W.
     

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