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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 09, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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hotchkis rear suspension

o.k. guys i have purchased the hotchkis leaf springs, the ? i have is how tough is it to replace the shackle rubber bushings that are in the frame rails i have seen on here that some guys really have a tough time replacing them, one thread a guy actual smashed his frame rails, do these bushing really fit that tight looking for input


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Re: hotchkis rear suspension

Mine were easy - both removing the old and installing the new. Depends how rusty and crusty it is back there.


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Re: hotchkis rear suspension

I took the fuel tank out but still had a hard time with the passenger side bushings. Had to use a pair of 18" channelocks to squeeze the bushings in and then all was good. On the leaf end, mine popped right out with little effort.

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Re: hotchkis rear suspension

Mine was pretty easy. I squeezed mine together with the bolt and shackles from the kit.

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Re: hotchkis rear suspension

I used threaded rod to pull mine in (common approach if you do a search). Tank was out, easier for sure.

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If the fuel tank is out, you can burn the rubber out with a torch.

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Re: hotchkis rear suspension

Mine were a pain. In hindsight I should have dropped the tank and spent more time cleaning the inside where the bushing goes. They were very tight.

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Re: hotchkis rear suspension

Mine went in easy with the tank............then I noticed the different part#s for the leaf and frame bushings..doh

I had to drop the tank and use some threaded rod,washers and socket for a spacer to push them back out. 1 side only, thank God

Assembly was a snap. I guess I should have read the instructions first. The bushings are slightly different if you pay atention.

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