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I am getting the rearend of my jeep put back together, and am to the point of putting in the new main eye bushings. The problem is, they do not want to go in at all!! I have one about 3/4 of the way in, and can't get it to move any farther. I took a grinding stone and ground all the nicks and burs off, and got all of the rust off of the inside of the eye. I also removed the outer metal pieces of the old bushings, so those are not holding me up. Are these supposed to be press in?..thanks again for any advice!!....Ben

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Default Re: leaf spring main eye bushing install?

I've only put rubber ones in and never had a problem. If you are trying to install poly bushings, I've heard of people sanding some of the bushing to get them to go in all the way.

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Grease them. Grease won't hurt poly.

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Default Re: leaf spring main eye bushing install?

I am sorry I didn't make it clear...the bushings have a metal sleeve on the outside, with rubber on the inside and then a metal sleeve for the bolt to go through....they are the main eye bushings for the rear spring....thanks again, Ben

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Every poly bushing I've ever used for the main eye on a CJ doesn't use the outer metal sleeve, they are only used with the rubber bushings. Don't use the metal sleeve on the outside.

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... don't just "grease" them.
Use some silicon based lubricant or white lithium lube ... or even a red synthetic. Molly turns polly into poo poo ...




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John, where did you get the idea that molybdenum grease hurts poly bushings. Polyurethane is an extremely chemical resistant elastomer, the stuff is impervious to just about anything. Most petroleum based greases, especially those with chemical additives will turn rubber bushings to mush, not polyurethane. I've used every type of grease imaginable on my poly bushings over the past 15 years, never had one deteriorate yet. The worst thing I can say about poly is it is hard, therefore can make the ride harsher and transmit vibration, and it has a tendency to fade when in colors such as red or yellow.

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Default Re: leaf spring main eye bushing install?

sorry for the lack of knowledge here, but how do I get the sleeves off of the bushings? they seem to be glued or pressed in, and are very tight..thanks once again, Ben

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Default Re: leaf spring main eye bushing install?

Hey, Ben, sounds like you are installing stock replacement bushings. I have only done it once but I used a press. An alternative would be a vise or a c-clamp. A little lubricant that is rubber friendly will also help.

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Default Re: leaf spring main eye bushing install?

The reason I don't like grey/black molly on red polly is it tends to stain.
That's why I used the word/s 'Poo poo'.
This trait became especially evident on a set of red polly tie rod dust caps.
It wasn't long after their first molly greasing that they appeared to actually be soaking the lube up ... but it is probably just the graphite? smearing into every scratch and pour of the polly. I'll get black or stay with rubber next time around...




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