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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 10, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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LWR Control Arm Bushing Alignment

While reassembling the control arms (bushing sleeve install) I saw that the passenger side bushing cup is not in line with the opposite cup (same control arm). I dont see that is is twisted, it is on the horizontal plane only. THe other is pretty much perfectly aligned. The flanges witht he holes look like they were squuezed together a bit. I measured the other and got them the right distance but is still a little off. Is this an issue? If so do you think they can be aligned again?

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Re: LWR Control Arm Bushing Alignment

Yes, it will place a strain on the bushing if more than 1/2 bolt diameter. You might put the bushing end in a securely mounted vise and use a long lever to correctly align the control arm, trial & error.

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Re: LWR Control Arm Bushing Alignment

Thanks. i may take it to a Machine shop and see what they can do. I have not tried to install it but it looks rather crooked to the naked eye. i will post a picture.

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Re: LWR Control Arm Bushing Alignment

It can happen if you don't put something in the ears when pressing the bushings in and out. A piece of 2x4 or 2x2 fits right in the ears. Another way to try to get them back out is to get a piece of 1/2" allthread, some nuts, and cut a couple of pieces of plate to use as thick washers. Then stick it in the holes and turn the nuts out to push the ears back apart. If it is the whole thing squeezed together a bit, you can use a long piece of allthread for that, then put a piece of pipe between the two ends when you do the ears so the inside pieces don't try to flex inward.

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