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#1 88whitestarion

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 05:24 PM

My winter project is to go through the suspension. I have a set of OEM rear control arm bushings that I bought from the dealer 12 years ago. I think I saw on the boards where you need to burn the old ones out. I hate to do that unless I'm confident I can get the new OEM bushings back in. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions/tips to getting the stock bushings back in?

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 06:03 PM

I haven't taken the rear apart yet, it's actually on my plan for this winter as well.  So, I can't say for sure, but in the control arm bushing work I've done on other cars you can usually just press them out and press the new one's in fairly easy.  If you don't have access to a press you should be find a shop locally that does and they can probably do it pretty cheap if you bring them the arms and bushings.  You might be able to burn the old ones out, but you'd have to get the new ones in which might not be easy.

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 06:19 PM

The rear inner bushing(the one closest to the back bumper) has no sleeve. It just has a lip on both sides. So getting that lip pushed through could be tricky. The other three bushings all have a steel outer sleeve.

I do have a Harbor Freight press, so I'll probably give it a shot myself. The trick is probably finding the correct size tooling(sockets have served me well in the past) to press it in without destroying the rubber bushing.

Again if anyone has done this, please let me know.

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 07:33 PM

Auto Zone and Advance have a rentable bushing press kit you canrent for free.
Used the one from Advance on my buddy's WRX. It works.
The poly bushings are usually in 2 pieces which makes it super easy to install them.
Burning the old ones outis pretty much the easiest way to get the old ones out.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:00 AM

I am replacing with a new OEM bushing. If they come out so hard that burning is required, then getting a new one in sounds difficult. I looked in the factory service manual and it doesn't even cover the topic of R&R.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:40 AM

Burned mine out, but put the 2 piece polys back in. No issues, but I don't know how much trouble the OEM style will be.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:40 PM

Are the polys still available? I guess I could try to put the OEM back in, but if unable, go to the poly.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 02:31 PM

MKS motor sports sell them..................

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:43 PM

Or slice those oems in half...
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Posted 03 December 2019 - 10:02 AM

If you burn them out you'll need to repaint or coat the control arms. I don't know if you planned to do that anyway, but thought it might be worth mentioning.

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 11:23 AM

I get burning them out is easier. However, if I can't press them out, then how am I going to press them in. Apparently, no one has pressed in an OEM bushing. I would prefer to keep the ride a little softer with the OEM bushing. But I guess I'll need to go to poly if I can't get them back in. I haven't attempted this yet, so maybe it's not that bad.

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM

I used a large arbor press to remove mine. Worked well, but you will destroy the bushing in the process. i have no idea how you would press one back in and not damage it. Mitsubishi Voodoo Magic ...
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:14 AM

There's probably a special service tool Mitsubishi used back in the day.
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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