Any body have any tips on how to get the front leaf spring bushings out?I had been beating on it for about 2 hours tonight and cant get it to budge.Also whats a good replacement for them and where to get?Thanks
PB BLASTER !Try drilling around the bushing then beat somemore I used that method then beat on it with an air chisel !! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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tip I learned from a puerto rican named Enrique
take your drill and a drill bit and drill into
the bushing outer edge, let the drill work its
way round and round and in no time it will roll
right out. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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take a medium size screw driver and pound the blade in between the end of the spring where it wraps around the bushing, to open up the eye. then w/ the bushing facing up, put a 3/8" dril bit into your drill (strong drill i hope), and drill into the bushing. at the edge of the rubber and the metal outer sleeve, start working it back and forth. after a short while when the drill starts to loosen up the drill will catch between the rubber bushing and the steel outer sleeve and start moving its way around the bushing. after a couple of times around you will notice the rubber part working its way up, out of the sleeve. keep the drill going around untill the rubber part is out. then take an airchisel or BFH and chisel and work around the sleeve and drive it out of the eye of the spring. is easier than it sounds. i have no pics, but its real easy.
I pressed mine out, no beating, drilling, BFH, sweating. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] Replaced them with urethane bushings from Energy Suspension.
Allthread, various sockets, washers etc. Then deep socket on impact. Pulled them out no beating! If you want squeek free poly bushings, clean up the spring eyes, insides of the hangars and shackles etc. All smooth no rust etc + plenty silicone lube = no squeeks.
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I ended out buring the center out with a torch and picking at them with a screw driver.I ordered a bushing set of Energy Suspension bushing that should be here tommorrow.Thanks for the help guys. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
what did you guys do to get the shackle to line up with the leafe spring to put it all together? I had a ton of trouble with that when I did mine. Also how did you get the spring to spread enough to get the shackle out? I got mine, but it was a pain.
96 F250 PSD ext cab SB, 5 spd 3'' DP with straight piped exhaust, tymar intake. 150k mi. Dana 60, SD v code springs, RSK
i pressed my fronts out but the backs kept trying to lay over on there side. so i took them home and the center smaller steel sleeves met my bottle torch. the rubber all melted around from the sleeve and dripped out. it wouldnt work when i tried to melt the actual rubber. but ifyou get that sleeve hot the boltgoes through its a breeze. then the only thing left is the outer sleeve. an air chisel works great. or a sawzall. dont go to deep or you will get into the spring eye. then beatit out. very easy this way. do outside and not over anything you want that rubber dripping on.
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