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Suspension Progress

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Ressurection, Jul 25, 2000.

  1. Ressurection

    Ressurection 1/2 ton status

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    Found the trick to taking out the bushings on the front end of my front leaf springs:
    Step 1. Cutoff wheel on a 4" grinder to cut both ends of the bolt.
    Step 2. Drill about 8 holes in the rubber, then with vice-grips twist and pull the inner sleeve out.
    Step 3. With a 1-1/8" flat drill bit drill out the remaining rubber.
    Step 4. Cut 2 or 3 slots in the outer sleeve with a sawzall. Be careful not to cut into the spring itself. Then with a cold chisel knock out the sleeve.

    The hard part is getting the new one into the spring, and then into position in the bracket! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    You can't beat going Topless!
     
  2. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    actually installing the new ones is the easy part, as long as you put em in with grease. As far as the brackets being too tight, just take a large pair of channel locks or a big crescent wrench and bend them outward a little. the leaf spring will slide right in and when you torque the bolt, it will bring em back together.
     
  3. coopertwpk

    coopertwpk 1/2 ton status

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    actually map gas does wonders on the rubber bushings they just pop out,but watch you feet and legs molten rubber is painful for some odd reason, who would have guessed?
     
  4. Executioner

    Executioner 1/2 ton status

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    Can I suggest that you do not use the original style, but instead upgrade to some type of poly bushing ?
    If you trying to stay O.E.M. I can understand that, but you might be able to find a poly set that looks like
    OEM.
    Good luck
     

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