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Old 06-27-2008, 12:02 AM   #1
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I installed these today and it was all pretty easy except for the part where you have to take out the old bushings. I tried their recommended techniques but after struggling for 15 min I decided to try it a different way. I put a 1-3/4" hole saw on my drill and drilled it out, took about 30 seconds per side. The only issue I had was when I was torqueing(sp)? everything down to the recommended 51.6 ft/lbs it seemed a bit tight on the bushings and distorted them a bit, is this normal?
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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Forgot to mention, when I sandwiched the bushings together the tube in the middle didn't span the entire width of the bushing, it was maybe 1/32" short on each end. Is it supposed to be short like that?
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:27 AM   #3
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I did mine when the car only had 1000 miles on it. I ended up getting them out with a flat head screwdriver and alot of force. If they were any older/dried out I dont think I woulda been able to get em out using anything short of your holesaw method.
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You should have eaten your Wheaties. The conditions you posted sound normal to me though.
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Forgot to mention, when I sandwiched the bushings together the tube in the middle didn't span the entire width of the bushing, it was maybe 1/32" short on each end. Is it supposed to be short like that?
It is normal that the tube is slightly shorter.

To get my old bushings out, I initially tried using a large socket and stomping on the bracket. This let to a bent bracket I herculesed it back to it's original shape, and then just used the double screwdriver method. It wasn't that bad.

How do you like them now that they are in?

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I used the socket method. Make sure you jump/stomp/etc right next to the bushing, not in the middle. Worked beautifully for me just stomping.
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I used the socket method. Make sure you jump/stomp/etc right next to the bushing, not in the middle. Worked beautifully for me just stomping.

That's pretty obvious.. I tried to get as close to the edge as possible, but the damn things just refused to budge!
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That's pretty obvious.
So you'd think But I've seen others stomp in the middle and then get a look on their face.
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I was also unsuccessful with the stomping out the old bushing method, so I went at it with two screw drivers and that did the trick. It helps to have the bracket clamped down to something if you plan to pry the old bushings out.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:16 PM   #10
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It is normal that the tube is slightly shorter.

To get my old bushings out, I initially tried using a large socket and stomping on the bracket. This let to a bent bracket I herculesed it back to it's original shape, and then just used the double screwdriver method. It wasn't that bad.

How do you like them now that they are in?

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I haven't actually driven my car yet, I just installed them yesterday and I have some other things I'm going to install before I drive it.

I didn't want to try that socket technique because I was afraid of bending the bracket, good thing I didn't
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #11
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The sleeve is slightly shorter. Reason being is as you tighten down the bolts the rear subframe will squeeze them together and close the gap. There are also tolerances at play here, but our manufactuerers are very consistant.

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