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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 02, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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I searched for this topic with no luck. I ripped out my old, tired monos today to install my custom springs coming this week. With the springs, I also ordered some new poly bushings.

The problem are the shackle bushings that are inside the frame rail. One member on here got them out with a air chisel, but I don't have one of those to use. Any other idea to get these things out?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 02, 01:11 PM
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All I can say is that you will just have to get up inside under your car and DIG the suckers out the hard way like I did.

I ended up using a short piece of ALL-thread rod and needed nuts and washers as a press to push the new poly bushings in place. One-half at a time.

They were so tight that I had a heck of a time pushing my upper shackle bolts through them b/c they kinda squeezed shut. It is a real hassle but given enough time and patience you will get the job done.

Good luck. pdq67



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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 02, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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So I assume you use a sharp screwdriver or something? I have my gas tank out, so I have some room to work.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 02, 02:43 PM
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If you have a sawzall, you can cut a wedge shaped chunk out of the bushing. Just don't go to deep and cut into the metal. Then you can use a punch to drive it inwards from the edges to break it loose from the frame. The frame hole for the bushing is generally rusted, and that is why they're so hard to get out.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 02, 05:44 AM
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Since they are just rubber with no metal insert, you probably could use a spade bit in your drill and remove the majority of the bushing without damaging the frame. Scrape the last 1/8 inch out.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 02, 11:32 PM
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I used a drill and made lots of holes in the rubber, and then i used a large flatheaded screwdriver and bent the bushings out, and the other side of the bushing i hammered out with the screwdriver.

It worked fine afterall.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 02, 04:08 AM
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I took a torch and burned mine out.

If doing this... be careful of the gas tank.
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