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post #1 of 14 Old 02-06-2011, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 14 Old 02-06-2011, 05:21 PM
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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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post #3 of 14 Old 02-06-2011, 05:33 PM
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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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post #4 of 14 Old 02-06-2011, 06:33 PM
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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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post #5 of 14 Old 02-06-2011, 07:34 PM
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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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post #6 of 14 Old 02-07-2011, 09:56 AM
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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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post #7 of 14 Old 02-07-2011, 10:03 AM
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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.

Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

Wheel, Wrench, Repeat.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-07-2011, 11:25 AM
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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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I have a 1960 willys, and am replacing the suspension, something I thought would be relatively easy. The old bushings in the frame (for top part of shackle) have been a nightmare. The inner sleeve and rubber popped out, but the outer sleeve is 'welded' to the frame, and even after cutting thru sleeve with hacksaw, and using a punch aggressively, all I have is a messed up sleeve still firmly attached within the eye -- have also applied penetrating oil liberally. Any ideas? Do you think heating the frame with a butane torch could help?

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I have a 1960 willys, and am replacing the suspension, something I thought would be relatively easy. The old bushings in the frame (for top part of shackle) have been a nightmare. The inner sleeve and rubber popped out, but the outer sleeve is 'welded' to the frame, and even after cutting thru sleeve with hacksaw, and using a punch aggressively, all I have is a messed up sleeve still firmly attached within the eye -- have also applied penetrating oil liberally. Any ideas? Do you think heating the frame with a butane torch could help?

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Sorry for the double entry -- I am getting an error message from site asking me to register again -- but apparently it took the first time..,.
Also SCRAPMAN -- can you post the full link -- I am not finding it.

Thanks again
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-30-2015, 03:17 PM
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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 just did this about a week ago. My rubber was toast, so I drove a screwdriver through the rubber in between the inner sleeve and outer sleeve until I deformed the inner sleeve and it tore away the rubber enough to drive the guts out with a punch. To get the outer sleeve out, I cut a notch lengthwise in the sleeve, just deep enough to cut through the sleeve, but not so deep that I cut into the frame hole (maybe a small scratch or so). This relieved the tension. I then filed a washer down to the same diameter of the sleeve, so that it barely fit inside the hole. You can then used a long bolt as a punch to drive it out, or used a bolt (or threaded rod), nut and washer in conjunction with a larger socket to press the sleeve out, much like you would with a balljoint press.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/stumpfarmings-73-cj5-build-1935041/
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-30-2015, 03:21 PM
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Here's some pics showing how I did it. Read description above.
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/stumpfarmings-73-cj5-build-1935041/
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