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Old 06-22-2020, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Tips for removing new leaf spring bushings

Figured I'd ask before I cave and take em to a machine shop, but I got new leaf springs for my D21 that came with some pressed in cheap rubber bushings, I got energy poly ready to go in there. Any tips on removing these easily? they're new and nicely packed in there.
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Old 06-22-2020, 09:40 PM   #2
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Make a tool...piece of pipe w.the ID just bigger than the OD of the bushing.

Put this on the side that the bushing is gonna come out on.

Use all-thread, or a long bolt, all the way thru the pipe a d tighten the nut so that it pushes the bushing into the pipe
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Old 06-22-2020, 09:46 PM   #3
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I did this last spring. New leafs and poly bushing upgrade. I should have told him to leave the bushings out. I think I used a large socket and c clamp. Mine came out easily.
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Torch with Mapp gas, heat the metal til the rubber smokes then easy to push out. I did ALL my bushings last year, front and back, tried drilling, prying, beating, digging, cussing and Praying. Torch was the easiest, kept a spray bottle of water to stay safe.



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I did it the way KellyBig did it
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@Nunya I noticed you have Red calipers/black bracket. I did mine opposite. Black calipers/red brackets. lol. Your truck is red, mine is black.
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@Nunya I noticed you have Red calipers/black bracket. I did mine opposite. Black calipers/red brackets. lol. Your truck is red, mine is black.
Since that pic I have done a dual caliper upgrade, this time I used Caliper paint, guess what, RED. Red bushings.... ............maybe I am getting predictable
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Since that pic I have done a dual caliper upgrade, this time I used Caliper paint, guess what, RED. Red bushings.... ............maybe I am getting predictable
Kool. I have the dual piston calipers too. Easiest upgrade I've ever done.
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Old 06-23-2020, 09:37 PM   #9
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Torch with Mapp gas, heat the metal til the rubber smokes then easy to push out. I did ALL my bushings last year, front and back, tried drilling, prying, beating, digging, cussing and Praying. Torch was the easiest, kept a spray bottle of water to stay safe.



i did the same but oem bushings. do your energy ones squeak, or have you greased them since you’ve installed em?
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No, Thanks to advice from folks on this forum, I made sure to really schmear the grease into the metal and rubber when I assembled. Even if she does end up squeeking in the future, I doubt I would disassemble to grease it. After all, I DO have a volume adjustment on my stereo.
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