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Unread 05-25-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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replacing shackle bushings

I am replacing my rear shackle and leaf spring bushings in my 1986 CJ-7. I took evrything down and bought new grade 8 - 1/2" bolts. I am using Energy Suspension poly bushings and with the new bolt there is no room for the metal tube that goes between the bolt and the poly bushing. Is it necessary to use the metal tube that would go between the bushing and the bolt. The kit that I bought did not come with them and the bolts that I bought fit it perfectly.

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Unread 05-26-2004, 05:56 AM   #2
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I am replacing my rear shackle and leaf spring bushings in my 1986 CJ-7. I took evrything down and bought new grade 8 - 1/2" bolts. I am using Energy Suspension poly bushings and with the new bolt there is no room for the metal tube that goes between the bolt and the poly bushing. Is it necessary to use the metal tube that would go between the bushing and the bolt. The kit that I bought did not come with them and the bolts that I bought fit it perfectly.

Thanks,
David
Yeah, you need the stell sleeves or the bolts will eat up the inside of the bushings. I just got my "master" set of bushings yesterday to discover they did not supply these. The note says something like "as required". I did get the sleeves with the larger 1/2" bushings. I am looking now for a source and if I find one I will let you know. If you find one please let me know.
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Unread 05-26-2004, 08:30 AM   #3
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Yeah, you need the stell sleeves or the bolts will eat up the inside of the bushings. I just got my "master" set of bushings yesterday to discover they did not supply these. The note says something like "as required". I did get the sleeves with the larger 1/2" bushings. I am looking now for a source and if I find one I will let you know. If you find one please let me know.
I spoke with the guys at our local shop today (4-Wheel Parts Performance Center)and they said as long as the bolt is not threaded all the way then the sleeve is not required. He said as long as you do not have more than an inch of thread where the bushing is it would be okay.
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I spoke with the guys at our local shop today (4-Wheel Parts Performance Center)and they said as long as the bolt is not threaded all the way then the sleeve is not required. He said as long as you do not have more than an inch of thread where the bushing is it would be okay.
You were able to get a 1/2" bolt through the smaller bushings? I think my smaller bushings use a 3/8" bolt. I didn't check to see if a 1/2" would fit through them without a sleeve in them though. Will the 1/2" bolt fit through the shackles? I am going down at lunch today to see if I can find some steel tubing that size and make my own. I guess if the bolt has little or no slop in the bushing it might be ok....
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Unread 05-26-2004, 10:48 AM   #5
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You were able to get a 1/2" bolt through the smaller bushings? I think my smaller bushings use a 3/8" bolt. I didn't check to see if a 1/2" would fit through them without a sleeve in them though. Will the 1/2" bolt fit through the shackles? I am going down at lunch today to see if I can find some steel tubing that size and make my own. I guess if the bolt has little or no slop in the bushing it might be ok....
Just a follow up. I went down to our local Tractor Supply at lunch and picked up 4 feet of 1/2" OD tubing for ~$5. I took in one of the old sleeves and checked it against it for ID and OD. It is perfect. I will fire up the chop saw tonight and make mine. If you are not in a hurry and want some let me know how many you need and will cut some up for you and send them along. How's that for group support.
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You were able to get a 1/2" bolt through the smaller bushings? I think my smaller bushings use a 3/8" bolt. I didn't check to see if a 1/2" would fit through them without a sleeve in them though. Will the 1/2" bolt fit through the shackles? I am going down at lunch today to see if I can find some steel tubing that size and make my own. I guess if the bolt has little or no slop in the bushing it might be ok....
The 1/2" bolt goes through the bushing perfectly. If you can't fing the sleeve you can try it without the sleeve but you may have to drill out the sides of the shackle.
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