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robkris8079
12-14-2001, 05:06 PM
My mechanic won't install my bushings. What should i do? Does anyone have them? Where and how much did it cost to have them installed? My guy won't do it because it is an automotive school not a garage. He said it looked difficult and would take more time then he had. http://www.freshalloy.com/

White_240sx
12-14-2001, 05:11 PM
Put the bushings in the freezer and then put them in with a bench vise, it's not the worlds most difficult job, but I can see how taking apart the car would be time consuming.

**DONOTDELETE**
12-14-2001, 05:12 PM
Do you have a speedshop local to you? They can do it with no problem. Another idea, try it yourself. Only one way to learn........

quickshift

BensonLovesDrifting
12-14-2001, 05:18 PM
you know how i did it? i cut the bushings in half, then i put one half on each end of the tc rod. it works fine! they dont move. or you can get them pressed somewhere. its not easy though.

**DONOTDELETE**
12-14-2001, 05:21 PM
get a heavy duty table vise, and press it out with a socket that's EXACTLY the same size as the bushing. Put the new ones the same way.

Or you can build it until it start to melt, then punch it out with a hammer or something.

**DONOTDELETE**
12-14-2001, 05:22 PM
Won't that cause them to wear quicker? Just a question.....
quickshift
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SileightyManiaSPL:
you know how i did it? i cut the bushings in half, then i put one half on each end of the tc rod. it works fine! they dont move. or you can get them pressed somewhere. its not easy though.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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12-14-2001, 05:54 PM
Tell him it's not difficult at all. If you've already got the TC rods removed, it will take all of 5 minutes to get them replaced, as long as you've got access to a hydraulic press.

Use an appropriate-sized drift to press out the old bushings...then put some oil on the new bushings (so they don't tear) and press them in. Don't let him tell you it won't work -- IT WILL http://www.freshalloy.com/.

Heck, even if you drive the car there, as long as you've got a lift it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes. TC rods are a simple bolt-in job (unless your bolts are rusted...), the entire R&R is a snap.

Asad

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by robkris8079:
My mechanic won't install my bushings. What should i do? Does anyone have them? Where and how much did it cost to have them installed? My guy won't do it because it is an automotive school not a garage. He said it looked difficult and would take more time then he had. http://www.freshalloy.com/<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

[ 12-14-2001: Message edited by: asad137 ]

robkris8079
12-14-2001, 06:23 PM
Thanks for the help. I am positive that i would not be able to due it myself. I own very little tools and have even less knowledge of suspension parts. Still not sure what i am gonna do. I will try a regular mechanic and see how much they will charge me. When you say speed shop does that mean a performance shop. Not like a ghetto store that sells blue lightbulbs and altezza lights, but a shop that does engine swaps and turbo upgrades and stuff like that. If so then there is one around here. I will ask them if they can assist me in task.

**DONOTDELETE**
12-14-2001, 08:54 PM
I had this exact same problem. Couldnt get them in to the rods.

Trick I used to get them in:

Spray the bushing and TC Rod with Spray lithium grease. Then put the both into a bench vice. Slowly press the bushing in. One side will go in the other won't. If you keep pressing the whole assembly will fly apart as I found out by watching the mechanic try to press them with a hydraulic press.

Make sure the side that it tries to force out it towards the bottom of the vice.
Since the TC rod is pressing against the the vice arm (metal that connect the 2 halves together) it cant twist anymore and the bushing has to go in.

Basically position the TC rod and bushing in the vice such that when pressure is applied the bushing goes in the top and tries to squeeze out the bottom. Prevent the assembly from coming apart by forcing the TC rod to hit thevice arm when it begins to twist. Once the TC rod hits the vice arm, the arm will prevent the TC rod from twisting anymore and the bushing will just slide in with a little more pressure.

Fairly easy once you get the knack.

Mike
92 LE COUPE

[ 12-14-2001: Message edited by: ineedsocks ]

**DONOTDELETE**
12-14-2001, 09:00 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by robkris8079:
Thanks for the help. I am positive that i would not be able to due it myself. I own very little tools and have even less knowledge of suspension parts. Still not sure what i am gonna do. I will try a regular mechanic and see how much they will charge me. When you say speed shop does that mean a performance shop. Not like a ghetto store that sells blue lightbulbs and altezza lights, but a shop that does engine swaps and turbo upgrades and stuff like that. If so then there is one around here. I will ask them if they can assist me in task.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yeah, like a shop that does swaps, exhausts, or other work on cars. They can at least offer you some face to face suggestions.(if you need any more)

quickshift