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Wreckaboy1
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Loc: NH
track bar bushing
#980964 - 12/26/02 11:09 AM

i decided to replace my track bar bushings. I recieved a part number 4.7115 from energy suspension. When i burned the old bushings out of the sockets, the new bushings don't seem to fit. I noticed on the bar there is like a metal ring on each hole, is there a metal ring outside the bushing that needs to be pressed out??? The new bushing look like they will fit if this is done. Help! Thanks



DANA 60 conversion by the way



Joe

a_smith
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Loc: Honaker Virginia
Re: track bar bushing new
#981028 - 12/26/02 12:05 PM

The factory bushings have a metal ring on the outside. This metal ring will need to be removed before installing replacement bushings. I also need some new tracking bushings, so I'm interested in the results of the upgraded bushings.

nit2
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Re: track bar bushing new
#981221 - 12/26/02 03:30 PM

get rid of the metal ring and teh bushings fit, I have had them on for about a year, they make a difference. I have driven it with out the bar attached too, I would not reccommend this at all.


Dale I
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Re: track bar bushing new
#981268 - 12/26/02 04:13 PM

The metal ring is the sleeve around the old bushing that is pressed into the track bar. I took my bar off, removed the bushing, then used a sawzall to cut through the outside metal ring of the old bushing. Don't cut into the track bar. Then you can remove the ring fairly easily with some pliers. I also used the Energy Suspension part 4.7115 for the track bar.

Wombat
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Loc: Goose Creek, SC, USA
Re: track bar bushing new
#982219 - 12/27/02 10:14 AM

I'm getting ready to replace the track bar bushings on my 2000 since the environment that I live in is not very good on the stock rubber bushings. What torque specs are ya'll using when you tighten everything back up? I have heard it's something like 389 ft-lbs!?!?! My torque wrench only goes up to 250 ft-lbs so where can I accurately get the extra torque from?

I am planning on using DayStar bushings, part number KF07023 ($11 from Suspension Components.com)

beddins
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Loc: Round Rock, TX
Re: track bar bushing new
#982411 - 12/27/02 12:43 PM

i tightened mine down after i replaced mine as hard as i could with a 2 ft breaker bar, figured that was tight enough!

Wombat
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Re: track bar bushing new
#982439 - 12/27/02 01:11 PM

That dog will hunt! a.k.a. Sounds like a winning solution to me!

Thanks, beddins. I need to learn to keep things a little more simplified. I think this aircraft mechanic stuff where everything has to be torqued down to a specific amount has brain-washed me

Kickin Y2K
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Loc: Grass Valley,CA
Re: track bar bushing new
#982479 - 12/27/02 02:05 PM

Easiest way to get old bushings out, heat the center metal sleeve with torch till it gets hot enough to push itself out. Put the fire out on the rubber bushing Push the rubber bushing out with a screwdriver. Then the outer metal sleeve is a tight fit and usually rusted in place. An air chisel makes quick work of this

beddins
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Re: track bar bushing new
#982619 - 12/27/02 04:12 PM

a press works nice, too! wombot sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry, if i ever work on someone elses' vehicle, i get out the t-wrench.

TimP
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Loc: Sterling Heights MI.
Re: track bar bushing new
#982782 - 12/27/02 07:07 PM

I would not over tighten the bolts . That is a pivot pointto tight can make the truck ride harsh. torque spec is 121# to 141# The leaf spring bolts should not be over torque spec there is a pivot point there
My 2 cents
Tim

nit2
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Re: track bar bushing new
#982871 - 12/27/02 08:02 PM

Hey Tim , sent ya a PM too but how did you do the rear disc.??

Wreckaboy1
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Loc: NH
Re: track bar bushing new
#983243 - 12/28/02 12:23 AM

well I successfully punched the two rings/sleeves out. I torched the ends of the track bar to get them cherry red, then used a brass hammer and punch it came out with ease. Thanks for the help.

joe

roan65
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Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Re: track bar bushing new
#983387 - 12/28/02 04:34 AM

I need to replace bushings as well.. The energy Suspension bushing, are they the black graphite ones?? How about part numbers for the other bushings??

Wreckaboy1
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Re: track bar bushing new
#984026 - 12/28/02 06:00 PM

the energy suspension bushings come in either black or red. I chose red and they are made of polyeurathene. PM me for details.


Joe

nit2
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Re: track bar bushing new
#984035 - 12/28/02 06:05 PM

G on the black ones doesn't mean graphite it means black, a B means blue, be sure to use the silicone grease they provide or better yet get more and use lots.
Craig


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