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Old 03-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hey guys, how do you guys remove the control arm bushings?? What tool/gimmick do you use?

Question applies for front and rear.

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Oh and also, if it'* another special procedure : How do you install the new ones?
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Well if you're replacing the sleeve as well be typical tools involve the torch and a large hammer then for re-install with sleeve you will need a press typically a 20 to 30 ton shop press is needed
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What do you mean by "the sleeve"? I can't find that part anywhere. Isn't it just a bushing pressed directly in the control arm?
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usually it'* made up of 3 pieces an exterior sleeve the bushing and a Center sleeve if the bushing itself rode in the control arm with no metal sleeve it would just got cut up...its all press together so it looks like one piece ive attached photos of the complete assembly..you can buy just the inner portion but heres the whole part
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This was the technique I used to remove them. I ended up doing a lot of work on the control arm because I am a masochist. First I drove out the urathane with a C-clamp and then I cut out the sleeves with a hacksaw and metal punch. If you're going to go all out on the control arm, I would remove the ball joints with their stupid metal-rivited fasteners and installed brand new ones. I chose Moog (as well as moog bushings). Installing the new bushings will require a press. My local machine shop pressed them in for $5 a bushing so I just went with that.

I think it'* generally accepted that the cheaper route to go is to buy brand new control arms from Dorman, I believe.

On the rival site (), someone posted a cool little pictorial writeup if you want to do it yourself.

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Ok I understand how it'* made... Where can I buy new sleeves, I shook the internet inside and out and I can't find any...

Thanks a for all the infos, it'* really appreciated but I think it'* going to be the part where I pay someone to do it : I'll remove the control arms, get new bushings and try to get new sleeves and I'll have them pressed back in... I thinks I'Ll have enough DIY with changing my tranny, gas tank, pump, sender, steering rack, all 4 hubs, all 4 tie rod ends, all 4 ball joints...
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I took out the calculator and quickly understood I may have a bunch of cash to put on the car, but it'* never going to be near buying a new one, even a cheap new one with no leather, no supercharger, no ECC, no balls...
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I'll have one of my friends family member living in the US get a 2000$ JC Whitney order for me and I'll get started... nice summer coming up!
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