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How to tell leaf spring bushings are bad?

I hate these days. You know when 1 little project turns into a complete rebuild issue.

So I had my jeep up in the air to replaces a bent tie rod, once up I noticed that I had shear a leaf pin. So I take that apart. Now I get it out and grab the leaf to reposition myself and is move. I notice pretty good movement in the upper front bushings. As I inspect both sides seems to have some movements this movement is the same at the rear hangers and the front upper. I just installed a more set of front hangers and buhings about 8 months ago and have only wheeled/driven the jeep 15 times max. I do not recall how much they moved when installed....

I know you do not want to tighten down the bolt really tight as it will create binds and limit flex.

Also I am running a re 4.5 lift kit.

1985 CJ 7 258 bored/Cammed, MotorCraft Carb, Mallory Ignition, NP435/Dana 300, 4.5 RE Ex, 1.25 JKS Body Lift, Detriot AMC 20 Rear(detroit locker and Warn Hub Conversion), Herculined Tub, Chevy Heater Blower, 34" Swampers, Custom Rear Bumper, more to come....

1972 K5 8" lift, 36" swampers, lockers, custom paint.
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