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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 11, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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When to replace control arm bushings?

How do I know if control arm bushings need to be replaced? Im almost done with my restoration and the guy that did the suspension forgot to change them out. Now motor with side headers is in and they have to come out to get control arms out. My guy thinks the bushings may be ok. I thought one or 2 of the uppers looked cracked or dry rotted.

I really dont want to go through any more hassle at this point if unnecessary.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 11, 04:19 PM
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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

Sorry to say this but if they look cracked then they should probably be replaced The work involved to replace them will be forgotten after your first couple of drives

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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

Get the weight off the suspension and use a lever of some sort to see if there is any play between the shaft and the bushing. Also if the shaft looks to be off center in the bushing, the bushing is probably shot.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 11, 06:59 PM
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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

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My guy thinks the bushings may be ok.
Get a new guy m8..that means the same as "I hant a clue if they do"
A little visable cracking is not unusual at the ends..well thats all u can see.

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Get the weight off the suspension and use a lever of some sort to see if there is any play between the shaft and the bushing. Also if the shaft looks to be off center in the bushing, the bushing is probably shot.
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The lever, big wreaking leaver, under the wheel, have someone jig it up and down...and u put your hand on places to find ANY movement....the ONLY place u can have ANY movement is a 10 or 20 thou in the bottom ball joint...
The top bushes are not a major...except pressing out the old and the new in.

Note for Any NZers or Aussies for in the future....most parts up front here are interchangable with HQ and HZ holden....The top bushes and shfts are not....the holden ones are a smiggen smaller and u will not notice till u have them instaled....been there done that...once,

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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

If your car is going through a restoration, then they need to be replaced (along with any other wear part ) If you have access to a engine hoist, you can try unbolting and lifting the engine to one side to gain clearance.

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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

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So i found out that the bushings were replaced back on Winter of 2004. The car started restoration back then so it still has not been driven. This is why my guy says they look ok. He forgot that his prior worker already replaced them. Could the bushing dry rot over 8 years of just sitting?
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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

No..the ends edges may dry and crack but the main area of concern is away from sunlight which is the biggest killer of rubbers....so no use now wear nps
Even so still check as described above...Never take anything at someones word like that or assume anything....save time money and stops going pre maturely bald lol

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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

Just sitting since 2004 they should be fine. But you can unbolt the end caps of the uppers to look at their condition to be sure.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 11, 03:44 AM
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Re: When to replace control arm bushings?

If the shaft isn't centered in the A frame hole they need replaced, it won't hold alignment. If they are centered I would leave them alone for now considering where you are in the restoration.

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