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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2001, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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replacing axle pivot bushings

I've decided my squirrely truck is the result of bad axle pivot bushings, and if not they're only 13 bucks apiece. Question is, what is needed to pull the old ones out and push the new ones in? I was considering borrowing a balljoint press from autozone, if it even requires that much force. Thanks for any info/advice.

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Re: replacing axle pivot bushings

I replaced mine several years ago with polyurethane, and I don't remember any trouble with them. I remember thinking I might need a press, but I didn't. Mine were REALLY degraded and soft, so if yours are too, you shouldn't have any probs. Using Liquid Wrench will make them slide more easily, too. I hate AutoZone.

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Re: replacing axle pivot bushings

Well, I burned out the rubber, but is the metal sleeve around the rubber supposed to come out too? My replacements from NAPA have a metal casing around them. If so, how do I get that booger out? I'm attempting to do this with the axles still on the truck but I'm starting to wonder if that's impossible.

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Re: replacing axle pivot bushings

I don't specifically remember a sleeve on mine, but just compare the size of the one in the axle to the one on the new bushing. If the new one fits inside the old one (and it should fit tightly), do it that way. If not, remove the one that's easier to get at. I'm SURE I did mine just working under the truck for an hour or two.

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Re: replacing axle pivot bushings

Prob too late to answer you Muddybronco, but you need to take out the metal sleeve too. I chisled mine out. Would be a problem if the axle is in the way. B*tch to get out. They come out from the side that the axle is mounted by.

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Re: replacing axle pivot bushings

Nytom's right, if you are replacing with the OEM style steel sleeved rubber bushings, then you will need to press or chisel out the old sleeve (bitch). If you are replacing with polyurethane (like the ones from Energy Suspension) then you simply need to remove the old rubber (torching is easiest for this) and slide the new Poly in.

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Re: replacing axle pivot bushings

Well, after I did some thinking it was pretty easy getting the old ones out. I just used a Dremel with a small cutting wheel and cut kinda diagonally most of the way through, then used some channel locks to twist the sleeve into a spiral...sorta. Anyway, got them both out, but now I'm having an equally fun time getting the new ones in. After using the dremel to grind a better taper on the left bushing, I got it in all the way except maybe 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch, but i don't think i can finish it under the truck, assuming it's not in far enough already. However, I haven't even started on the passenger one, considering the axle is right in front of it so that i couldn't get a decent swing of the sledge. I'm going to just take that whole beam off and do it on a workbench with a sledge, or maybe a press if that doesn't work. Unless there's another way??? Thanks.

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