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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-19-2001, 08:40 PM
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How hard to change radius arm bushings?

What is involved in changing my radius arm bushings on my 84 Bronco? Never done it before.

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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

easy way is to pop out the rivets off the brackets and bolt them back on easy to do if you have good air chisels


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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

I've always unbolted the shocks, springs, sway bar, & calipers, and pulled the TBs forward until the radius arm clears the bracket. Then I just let it go back in & put everything back on. I've done 3 sets that way.

Unless you get bolts that fit the rivet holes perfectly & torque the $#!t out of them, the brackets may shift while you're hammering across the washboards & clipping curbs.


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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

What's a TB? I am about to replace my radius arm bushings and sway bar bushings with polyeurethane.

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TB=Traction Beam, from TTB for Twin Traction Beam


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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

my 1980 broncos radius arm bushing mounts had bolts so just removed them to change out the bushings... then my 1980 had the rivets ....

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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

I just ordered the poly bushings for the radius arms and going to change the bushings on the sway bar as well. I'll let you know how it goes.

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You might as well do the end links, if you're doing the sway bar bushings. And while you're down there, you could do the axle pivots, too. If you have some time, I also recommend body mounts and, for the really gung-ho, the shock bushings.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] (No, I haven't done mine.)





(The ones I bought didn't fit.)[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img]


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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

I used a dremel tool to cut off as much rivet head as possible and then cut the rest off with a chisel. I bolted everything on with grade 8 bolts, nuts, washers and lock washers. Not too hard just time consuming.



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Re: How hard to change radius arm bushings?

I just took the radius arms out when i did mine,(cause i didn`t have stands tall enough to pull the axles forward very far like steve does). It wasn`t that difficult but i have an air compressor and all air tools.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

The only tough part was aligning the bolt on the "bottom" of the beams under the coil spring, but i still did them in under 4 hours...

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