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I can't stand the binding and squiking of the poly bushings anymore and have decided to install oem rubber(I know, I know, it sounds backwards, but I've been dealing w/this annoying sound long enough. ..........Heres the question; the poly bushings will easily pull out of the leaf, but, is there a certain technique w/installing rubber,metal sleeved ones myself, or am I better off pulling the leafs out and letting a spring shop do it? Thanks

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Re: leaf spring bushings

Take it to a spring shop. Rubbers are almost impossible to install by hand. Plus, if you use grease on the rubber it will greatly speed up the rubber deterioration.

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Re: leaf spring bushings

get a couple of the tiny steel wedges use for splitting from a tile or rock supplier, tap them between the spring and eye loop until you can slide the steel/rubber in. I got my old ones out by hand this way, and you can do one at a time and not end up with the whole front end apart.

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Re: leaf spring bushings

I just went through all that with my poly bushings and found out the drivers side ball joints were shot...It's amazing how much noise they were putting out.

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Re: leaf spring bushings

Spray lithium grease on the inside of the leaf spring eye and set the new bushing in. Put a block of wood on top of the new bushing and pound away with a hammer till its in. You'll need to removed the springs from the truck of course. I've done this about 10 times in the past it works

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Re: leaf spring bushings

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get a couple of the tiny steel wedges use for splitting from a tile or rock supplier, tap them between the spring and eye loop until you can slide the steel/rubber in. I got my old ones out by hand this way, and you can do one at a time and not end up with the whole front end apart.

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