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Old 04-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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How do I change my bushings?

Hey guys. I've noticed that my bushing on my pro comp "rear lower arms?" are in need of change. A couple of them are mangled and have some slop in them. I have lowered one of them only to find out they don't seem to come out. Do I have to buy new arms or can they be changed?

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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Hope this is how to get some pics in here. If not let me know a better way.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure you can buy replacement bushings from the manufacturer of the arms. I have seen where most people use a shop press. Very similar to changing out a u-joint.
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Depends on the manufacturer....many of them don't have support or bushings for older arms. Some find they are forced to buy new arms.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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This is how I do it... If there stuck I use a torch and heat up the outside of the control arm until the rubber starts to smoke, then use a air hammer and knock out the old bushing. I've used my shop press to reinstall them or I use a ball joint press if the control arm is hanging off the jeep still. just my two cents. good luck.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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Ok, I guess I see what you guys are talking about, but if I don't have a shop press is there any way I can force them? Plenty of hammers and dish soup around here.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:42 AM   #8
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I am having trouble finding some. Can anyone tell me the actual name of these critters? Thanks
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+1 on the heat up the outside of the arm, they should come right out. try a c-clamp to press them back in if they are rubber
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poly bushings.....eeeeewwwww. buy new arms w/ Currie JJ's....IMHO.
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poly bushings.....eeeeewwwww. buy new arms w/ Currie JJ's....IMHO.
Really?? Because they are a pain or just crap?
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Really?? Because they are a pain or just crap?
Yes.
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Really?? Because they are a pain or just crap?
poly bushings tend to wear out fast...the sleeve gets loose inside the bushing, and the arm starts clunking and moving a bunch...meaning the axle is now moving a bunch. also, they are well known to rip control arm mounts off. all of this is a result of their excessive stiffness for a jeep application...poly bushings actually have less misalignment than the stock Clevite bushing. they do not allow a lot of misalignment or "flex"....so when you force them to do so, they prematurely wear out, or simple rip something apart.

Loose bushing:


Mount damage:


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Hmmmm. Not looking all that great for what already exists under the Tj. Little bit bummed out. I was hoping to be on the road in a day or two. Before I start looking for replacement arms, besides duroflex what else is there?
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Just put it back together. I think I will just completely wear them out then see what it's worth for upgrades.
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Before I start looking for replacement arms, besides duroflex what else is there?
Duroflex are fairly new and there isn't a lot of long term, high mileage usage yet. Currie Johnny Joints are the older, trusted, tried-and-true flex joints.

get em from Savvy:
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Duroflex are fairly new and there isn't a lot of long term, high mileage usage yet. Currie Johnny Joints are the older, trusted, tried-and-true flex joints.

get em from Savvy:
Savvy Offroad
Thanks. I will check em out.

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