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Spring/shackle bushings?

Trying to get my rear springs put together for the 72 Commando. I've got what I think are original stock springs. The rubber bushings in them are pretty much cracked and hard. So, I think I should replace them...What I am seeing is a steel inner sleeve then a rubber bushing, then another thin metal sleeve. Do I need to be looking for all 3 of these parts? Has anyone seen the bushings listed with any suppliers that fit that description?

Same question on the front shackles, I've got new springs comming in (thanks to the AJC-EC Jam raffle!), the springs come with bushings...but I need to rebuild my shackles...any suggestions?
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

Alcan could have sent you the rear bushings.
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

The bushing consists of all three pieces I got my replacements thru ESPO Springs http://www.espo.com/.
Be prepared for a real struggle to get the old ones out them out.
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

If I can find direct replacements for the whole thing...Getting them out will be easy...

Blue Tip Wrench! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] It stinks some...but they just fall out after a while...

Thanks for the link.
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

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Blue Tip Wrench! It stinks some...but they just fall out after a while...

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Yeah, tried that and they never "fell" out after I cut all the way through between the shackle and spring, burned all the rubber out, then drove out what was left with an air chisel. The Espo ones are a little high, but after you hunt around for weeks like I did, one place that can sell you all of them sounds pretty good, even if it's a little more.

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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

Maybe PostalJeepster will chime in about the source, but he passed a set of poly bushings on to me with his old packs...

Ditto on the major PITA getting them out... took a bout 10 minutes each with the bluetip and *still* had to resort to major BFH'ing on them!
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

A little WD-40 and a 10 ton press.........right out.About 5 minutes per bushing.
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

the best way i have found is to drill all around the rubber untill it falls out then tourch the outer sleave in two places, don't worry you won't cut the spring if your fast, and it falls out.
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

Try www.polybushings.com [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Re: Spring/shackle bushings?

We have finally got all the bushings as well as the 1" lifted shackles for the front, even greasable. I agree with toad about the drilling, very quick and then a pneumatic hammer with chisel bit for the metal sleeve, yes it ha to come out also. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/givemebeer.gif[/img]
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