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Unread 02-06-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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Best way to remove Spring Shackle bushings?

So what's the best way to remove old spring shackle bushings? I'm trying to get them off the rear frame spring shackle bracket.

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Unread 02-06-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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Theyve got to be pressed out. You can do it with a vice if youre careful.

Oh, and thanks, Devildog.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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Just did it. Use a small cutting torch. Heat the center sleeve and the rubber will melt out. Now cut a slice in the outer sleeve without cutting the bushing support. Tap it out with a punch. The sleeve material is so thin that I had no luck pressing them out. If no cutting torch is available, a propane torch could be used to melt the rubber bushing out and then a grinding bit to slice the outter bushing. I used a large c lamp to press them back in. Kind of hard to get the jeep frame in a press sideways. ha ha
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Unread 02-06-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
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Kind of hard to get the jeep frame in a press sideways. ha ha
Hm. Removing parts works wonders. Or just eat your wheaties
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Unread 02-06-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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the only two ways I have found to remove rubber bushings is 1) torch as stated above, which is messy and can be time consuming using a propane torch. 2) if you plan to use poly bushings then you don't need the thin sleeve that the rubber bushings need. If you can get a small cold chisel or punch then you can sometimes knock it out with the rubber bushing.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 10:56 AM   #6
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I just went through this myself.

First I used a drill to get the rubber and inner sleeve out. Then I used a torch to lightly cut the outer sleeve out. I knew there had to be a better way, so I googled it and this way worked for me.

http://www.handymanxchange.com/remov...kle-vt148.html

You stick a screw driver in the gap in the spring eye and hammer it in to open the gap a little. You can then pound the bushing out with a hammer and a socket that is slightly smaller than the eye. The eye closes back tight after you remove the screwdriver.

I also used this method to help get the new bushings in.

PS. This method is much easier if the springs are off the jeep.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 11:03 AM   #7
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I chucked up a thin sawz-all blade in the sawz-all and sliced the inner sleeve. Then I used a punch to collapse the sleeve and drive it out. Did pretty much the same thing on the bushing parts.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 12:25 PM   #8
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I was just about to do this . Glad I saw this thread. I bought some poly bushings (Rancho) and see they are two-piece.. I guess I thought they'd be one-piece. I'll have to do some searching to see if others have had any trouble with them.
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