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Old May 6th, 2003, 18:19
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Angry One C-clamp down, how the H#LL do I get these bushing sleevves out????

I've been trying for 2 hours now. I got the Bilsteins that Rusty is selling for $45 a piece and they're in my garage. The problem is that the lower bushing for the rear has a sleeve in it. Well, that's simple enough, I'll just push the sleeve out. Well, not quite, I've managed to break a C-clamp and possibly waste one bushing. Now what is it that I'm doing wrong?? I don't have access to a vice. I tried the two sockets and a hammer, I tried two sockets and the clamp, I tried one socket and beating the piss out of it. I can't get it. I've sprayed penetrating lube liberally, even tried peeling the bushing back to get it down in there. I don't know what else to do. PLEASE HELP!!! THanks

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Old May 6th, 2003, 18:40
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The only way that I know of, short of burning them out that you can do it at home is with a nice big vice. Of course if you have a hydraulic press or ball joint press at home that will work too. You might want to take the shock over to a shop or to someones house who does have a vice.

If you can carefully heat the sleeve with a blow torch, just enough to warm it up, you might be able to slide it out without damaging the bushing. I did that with a very pesky bar pin.

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Old May 9th, 2003, 00:04
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i know to get mine out i took a socket extension and stuck it in the hole and beat the piss out of it. the extension will be dead, but you'll be good to go

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Old May 9th, 2003, 01:18
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I bad to beat my shocks against a safe with all sorts of tools clamped/wedged/hammered on the end of of it. Try to get it moving a bit and then twist viciously like a junkyard dog with a big ass pair of vice grips.
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Old May 9th, 2003, 07:29
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A vice or press makes this job easy. Beating on it with something doesn't acomplish much be cause the bushing absorbs the hammers impact and it has little effect.
But constant pressure will force it right out. I would really look around for a friend with a press or vice, or go buy yourself one.
An inexpensive press would most likely be cheaper than a good vice large enough to do the job.
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