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Unread 09-14-2010, 06:09 AM   #1
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Rear Leaf Main Eye Bushings

Got a question regarding the rear leaf spring main eye bushing. Upon installing new shackles, I found out one of my rear leaf springs was missing part (almost half) of the main eye. So, I decided to replace it with a leaf spring from a salvage yard since I didn't have the money to replace all of them. Anyway, I have the energy suspension poly bushing kits for the front and rear end. However, the kit includes larger bushings for (I assume) the main eye. These are two piece bushings with the sleeve. When I went to remove the leaf spring, I found that the main eye has some sort of single piece bushing with a larger inner sleeve. Also, it looks like it has an outer sleeve as well. Do I need to purchase a different bushing for the main eye? I see where quadratec sells one, and it looks like the one I pulled from my spring. It appears to have a thin outer sleeve, bushing, and thicker inner sleeve. Can anyone point me in the right direction here. Thanks!

FWIW...that main eye bushing was a complete PITA to get out. I ended up drilling multiple holes through the rubber and finally twisting the inner sleeve out.

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Unread 09-14-2010, 06:17 AM   #2
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I am not completely sure what you are talking about without pictures. It sounds like a piece was put in the bushing to make it fit the bolt better or the rubber.

You are good as long as the new bushing fits the bolt and rubber.
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stock springs have a completely different factory bushing system. it uses a inner and outer sleeve. i believe if you remove the outer sleeve the aftermarket poly bushings will fit. measure first as i havent played with stock springs in a very long time.
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Unread 09-14-2010, 07:00 AM   #4
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stock springs have a completely different factory bushing system. it uses a inner and outer sleeve. i believe if you remove the outer sleeve the aftermarket poly bushings will fit. measure first as i havent played with stock springs in a very long time.
I was actually wondering if the poly bushings would fit if I removed that sleeve. I'll give that a shot. If not, I guess I'll have to order the stock eye bushing. Thanks!
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I just did polys in my upper frame eyes... The instructions stated to remove the out metal sleeve if it exists... and the bushings say they will fit frame or spring eyes.

Hope that helps.
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Unread 09-15-2010, 07:09 PM   #6
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So, does anyone have good ideas on how to get that outer sleeve out?
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Removing the metal sleeve is a pita. There are about 3 ways that I can think of and they all require a bfh and a chisel. I had access to a small oxy/acetyl setup that I was able to cut thru the sleeve then with a cold punch and chisel, pound it out. Second way, try to cut through the sleeve with a cold chisel. Third, score through with a sawzall or hack saw then use the cold chisel between the sleeve and the eye. No matter which way you choose it is a PITA!!!!
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So, does anyone have good ideas on how to get that outer sleeve out?

Heat that whole end up w/ a regular torch untill the rubber slides out of the outer sleeve w/ a little pushing ("hot sticky mess" is a good description) then use a hack saw to cut throught the sleve folowed by a screwdriver/chisel to fold that outer sleve in untill it releases from the spring eye. I did 4 of these not to long ago, Easy job.

I think i even have pics.(maybe- ill look later)


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you can use a ball joint press to push the outer sleeve out
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Once you get the rubber out, if your careful you can use a sawzall and cut a small section out of the sleeve, just be careful not to cut into the spring. Then with the tension off the sleeve you can pry, beat or twist what's left of the sleeve out
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I just did this today to 2 front springs. Instead of a torch I used a drill 1/8" and drilled several holes the rubber all the way around. Then drove the center busing out then did the saw cut through the outer bushing and pried it out.. about 30 minutes for 2 of them..
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Where can I get the stock ones
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