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Using SOAP!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DuneRunner, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. DuneRunner

    DuneRunner 1/2 ton status

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    Today I started to replace the factory rear bushings. I found that drilling the rubber was harder
    than I had planed. I broke 2 bits and tweaked my back a little. After 1.5 hours I finished getting
    only the passenger side of the rubbers off. That's where the SOAP comes in, I put a little down
    the sides of the rubber bushing. I let it penetrate and then the Sledge came out and a Punch.
    BamB Then came the steel sleeves. That took 25 min. Using the most primitive of tools
    (Hack saw, Old drill and a vice, mini sledge and a couple of punches and a little sweat) I was
    successful. Tomorrow I will bring out the Saws All and Do the drivers side the right way...

    Has anyone else done it differently? (I don't have access to a torch)
    Later, KEN


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  2. Pugsley

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    My usual method is a dose of something flammable and a match - it's quick and easy to char them out[​IMG]

    Special thanks to those lost from IAFF Locals 94 and 854 - You shall never be forgotten
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  3. DuneRunner

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    A little Lighter Fluid and a match?

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  4. Pugsley

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    That's it[​IMG] Let the rubber soak up the fluid for a few minutes, and toss the match on it - it may take 2 or 3 tries, but the bushing will get small enough it will just fall right off.

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    Yeah burning them out is the way to go. I usually use a cutting torch though. But i dont see why lighter fluid and a match wouldn't work.

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    Sounds like Pugsley should keep a fire extinguisher handy....[​IMG]

    Shane

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  7. DuneRunner

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    I can't wait to try it when I get home....

    Thanks Guys.
    KEN

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    I do[​IMG] I actually set my workbench on fire doing that once[​IMG]

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    i have never heard that. thats awesome idea.


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    I just removed the stock rubber bushings from all 4 of my springs too (except they were new, to replace them with urethane ones)

    anyways the burning trick crossed my mind but I wasnt sure how well it would work.. Now I know I should have done it.. the bigger ones pounded out well enough but the small ones were a B!TCH!! Took a lot of elbow grease and some serious hits with a hammer but they eventually came out..

    mike
     
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    ya burning is GOOD is stick my propane torch inside the sleeve and melt away.

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    I put the passenger side back together today. It was a little tight but fits good.
    Started to take apart the drivers side and ran out of day light. Tomorrow I will try the Propane torch. and The lighter fluid trick first, I wanta see if that works It'll Be FUN!
    Q. Should I heat up the small steel sleave that the bolt goes through or should I melt the rubber?

    Thanks guys for the advice...
    KEN

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    Just burn out the rubber - after a few minutes of burning, it will start charring, and essentially turning to dust.

    Special thanks to those lost from IAFF Locals 94 and 854 - You shall never be forgotten
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    OOOO YYYAAAAA
    Thanks for the encouraging words to use the Propane torch.
    I heated up the inner steel sleeve. (the one that the bolt goes through) and before you know it. Its out...
    I had to then drill out a little of the rubber. and then hack saw the inner sleeve AGAIN. Thanks again KEN

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