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Old 04-21-2020, 11:28 AM   #3
yarikoptic
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Member#: 56008
Join Date: Feb 2004
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Hanover, NH
Vehicle:
2001 Outback LL Bean
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yeah - I ended up deciding to replace it (just one side for now).
And it became a (not yet complete) journey. That rear bushing bolt was completely seized in the arm + bushing. I first cut at the top of the bushing, and then at the bottom (after soaking in PB and trying to impact wrench wiggle it for too long), and even then it took it a bit of force and banging to get it out from the arm. It had lots of crud inside which I have cleaned up now and whatever left of the bolt goes in smoothly now -- it is all ready to be replaced.
As for cutting -- top one I did with the grinding disc (nice but dangerous), bottom did with a cheap 3$ reciprocating blade from home depot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DIABLO-6...8BFD/202049533 . It seems to be sufficient for a single cut (had to trim the tip after half done so I could put not yet used part of the blade to use for the 2nd half).
ATM waiting for all the spare parts: broke also the ball joint bolt in the wheel hub - replacing the hub to not mess with taking ball joint out -- should have just left it alone heh heh, had to cut the sway bar link since it was impossible to take it off as well - also greedy me replacing on one side only for now.
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