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Old 03-03-2008, 02:21 PM
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Let me see if I remember:

Inner sleeve: Heat and stwisted outward with channel locks.
Outer sleeve: Chisel the edge until it's seperated from the arm. When the seperation is far enough, spray plenty of wd40 in between and grap with the channel locks and twisted it loose. Repeat for other end.

I am surprised, the front one is the hard one to remove (with hack saw).
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:49 PM
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I got my bushings last week from Chris -- they look perfect, and Chris was a pleasure to work with. Looking forward to installing them.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:30 PM
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Try reheating the aft center pivot bushes again -- this time a little more heat just passed the point of smoke. Then try to twist and pull once again. Sometimes they require a little more effort to remove. Make sure you only heat the center pivot bush, not the aluminum casting.

Thanks all for the nice words!
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:22 PM
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Think there'd be any chance of getting some to Texas by Friday?

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Old 03-03-2008, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by chris walrod View Post
Thanks all for the nice words!
Chris,
I took the Dung Beetle out for its maiden voyage after installing your bushings and completing a ton of maintenance items. Without a doubt, the front end feels far more secure and planted, and the car as a whole, feels more solid.

Huge thumbs up!


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Old 03-03-2008, 09:04 PM
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Thanks, A little more heat and a little more forcefull twisting and pulling did the job.......Job Complete, rear wheel bearings then off the jack stands and we should be good for a test drive.

Thanks Again.......
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:19 PM
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Just finished installing my bushings last night. If the snow was gone I'd be out for a test drive. Maybe tomorrow.

A couple of notes/suggestions:

1) Getting that first metal sleeve out in the rear made me cringe with ever chisel strike. But it worked perfect, no problem.

2) For the other half of the rear bushing, I found one of my sockets was exactly the right diameter to punch it out. A 24mm socket fit perfectly in the hole, right up against the bushing. Two taps and it was out. That saved me from a bunch of additional cringing.

3) For the front bushing I made two cuts in the steel sleeve, about 3/8" apart. I got close to going all the way through the sleeve, but stopped just short. Then I used my punch to peel that small section out of the way. Bushing fell right out.

4) I followed a previous (good) suggestion to use lacquer thinner to help remove rubber remnants off the sleeves. I went between the lacquer thinner bath and carbonizing the leftovers with the torch. Two times through the sleeves were ready for polishing.

5) The supplied sticky grease is the only substance that I dislike more than CV grease. But it worked like a charm, no issues except there's some stuck in my hair, right next to the CV grease that's still there from last year.

6) It's actually possible to fully assemble a side using the arm from the opposite side. I'm sure the arms are marked, but it was late when I got to reassembling. I missed it. So I got to do it over.

7) Bushings were high quality and fit perfectly. Instructions were spot on.

Easy enough. Thanks Chris!
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:34 PM
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I just got back from a drive (finally!) and I can not tell you how impressed I am with the feel of the front end with the new bushings.

My car only has 29,000 miles on it, but I though this would be a fun project over the Winter. Even if you don't think you need these, get them. The difference is just amazing.

Chris, thanks for your help, thanks for the great product and thanks for selling them at such a great price. Best hundred bucks you will EVER spend on your car.

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Tom,
The difference is certainly noticeable. Did you use a different shop to press out the bushings, or did you give it a go at home?

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Chris sent me a replacement set that had the bushings removed. I think I probably owe him a kidney or something,
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:59 PM
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Maybe sway bar bushings next, Chris?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:30 PM
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Maybe sway bar bushings next, Chris?
I'd vote for tightening up the rear suspension... not sure what that would entail, but that's what I'm looking for next.

Any plans?
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by md11plt View Post
I just got back from a drive (finally!) and I can not tell you how impressed I am with the feel of the front end with the new bushings.

My car only has 29,000 miles on it, but I though this would be a fun project over the Winter. Even if you don't think you need these, get them. The difference is just amazing.

Chris, thanks for your help, thanks for the great product and thanks for selling them at such a great price. Best hundred bucks you will EVER spend on your car.

Thomas
Hi Thomas, I am glad to hear this result!! Also glad the replacement arms worked as well. Thanks for the nice words!!!

I would love to dive into the rears -- I need a donor control arm to hack up first. Still looking.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:21 PM
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My 951 is occupying the garage while I wait to afford the track stuff it needs so I sent the bushings in with my car when it went to the shop for an oil change. 4.75 hours to do the job, which seems reasonable and the alignment appears to have been retained. My mechanic is conservative when it comes to street cars and did make sure I understood his prior experience with aftermarket bushings (which jived with mine) but I'm willing to try these out on a daily driver & we'll see how long they go without squeaking :-)

First impressions are that the random shimmies are gone and car finally feels as planted as my old one did, which had only 7,700 miles and 3 years on it when I got it. Now on to the durability test!

Thanks, Chris!
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:05 PM
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I just replaced the driver side on my car. However, I can see a problem with one side of the front bushing being exposed, going dry, and can cause squeaking.

Posted a separate thread on this. "Potential problem with replacement control arm bushing".
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