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Unread 03-04-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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Main eye/Leaf eye Bushings Help!

So I bought some new leafs for my Jeep and I also bought QT main eye and leaf eye bushings. Has anyone ever put these in before? They look like they will fit by using a rubber mallet but thought it would be smart to ask before I broke anything.

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Unread 03-04-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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Odds are that some lube and a large bench vice or small press would do the job way faster.
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Unread 03-04-2010, 07:07 PM   #3
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I did some the other day and took a small pry bar, and stuck it in the eye opening of the spring pack...from there, I took a c-clamp and clamped the pry bar down tight against the spring creating a bigger gap between the eye & the spring.

I then took some dawn dish soap, and used a rubber mallet...and whack, went right in.
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Unread 03-04-2010, 07:17 PM   #4
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As mentioned above, Dish soap works good. Some people make a press out of threaded rod & washers and stuff.....its your opportunity to be creative.
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Unread 03-04-2010, 07:26 PM   #5
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Put the bushings in the freezer overnight and then tap them in with a block of wood.
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Unread 03-04-2010, 10:51 PM   #6
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Put the bushings in the freezer overnight and then tap them in with a block of wood.
That sounds like the easiest way to do it but I would be afraid of it cracking because there is (metal?) around the actual rubber bushing. Do I need to worry am am I just stupid lol?
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Unread 03-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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Don't worry about cracking it. Those things are very durable. We actually broke a vice trying to put my bushings in on my QT leafs, before doing it the pry bar way.
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The metal is what needs to freeze, this will cause it to shrink slightly and make them go in easier. That is how I did mine and they went in fairly easy with a piece of 4x4 post and a heavy hammer.
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bushings

Can you install new rear leaf bushings w/ out taking out the whole spring?
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Unread 03-05-2010, 12:03 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips guys! I'll be putting them in tomorrow.
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Can you install new rear leaf bushings w/ out taking out the whole spring?
Nope, you have to remove the leafspring bolts and lower the springs out of the jeep to install new bushings.
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Come to think of it.....my new leafs always come with bushings. wtf?
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Unread 03-05-2010, 05:47 PM   #13
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Sorry, its been a long day. I buy full leaf packs. Up hear you don't re-use the main....yer lucky yer main don't break before they sag too far.

My sisters XJ had one main break. She says, "how come the jeep wants to turn sideways when it hits a pothole?...."
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Here's another option. Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot and pickup a few things. A section of 1/2" threaded rod, some 1/2" bolts and washers, and two floor mounts for pipe (I think I found them in the plumbing area). Basically anything that is wider than the bushing, has a hole in it, and is flat will work. Here's my receipt....You may already have some of this stuff laying around in your garage.

Heres what it should look like assembled.

Place the bushing up against the spring, run the threaded rod through the bushing and spring, and re-assemble the makeshift press. Hand tighten the bolts until the side plates meet the bushing. Make sure the bushing is sitting evenly in the spring. You may want to grease the outside of the bushing to help smooth it through the spring. You should get something like this.


Go ahead and slowly tighten the bolts. It will compress the plates and press the bushing in. Make sure it's going in evenly.

Eventualy the bushing will make contact with the outside plate. At this point, you will need to remove the makeshift press from the spring.

Now grab yourself a dead blow hammer and tap the bushing lightly until it sits evenly in the spring. Grab the next spring and repeat.
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Here's another option. Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot and pickup a few things. A section of 1/2" threaded rod, some 1/2" bolts and washers, and two floor mounts for pipe (I think I found them in the plumbing area). Basically anything that is wider than the bushing, has a hole in it, and is flat will work. Here's my receipt....You may already have some of this stuff laying around in your garage.

Heres what it should look like assembled.

Place the bushing up against the spring, run the threaded rod through the bushing and spring, and re-assemble the makeshift press. Hand tighten the bolts until the side plates meet the bushing. Make sure the bushing is sitting evenly in the spring. You may want to grease the outside of the bushing to help smooth it through the spring. You should get something like this.


Go ahead and slowly tighten the bolts. It will compress the plates and press the bushing in. Make sure it's going in evenly.

Eventualy the bushing will make contact with the outside plate. At this point, you will need to remove the makeshift press from the spring.

Now grab yourself a dead blow hammer and tap the bushing lightly until it sits evenly in the spring. Grab the next spring and repeat.
I'm probably going to have to do this because my shackle end bushings are being a pain in the a$$ to put in!
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