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Old 07-15-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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If your going to replace your front leaf spring bushings.

I just did the front bushing, not the shackle end but the frame end. It was an extreme PITA. I had to drill and sawzall the old one out. Then try and squeeze the new one in that little eye. Its best to use a long bolt and some washers because you wont be able to just knock it in with a hammer. I managed to get the new bushing in all the way except for the last 1/4 inch. It was in the eye just far enough to fit in the mount. Then the real fun began. Trying to line it all back up so I could get that bolt back into place. I unhooked the sway bar and wiggled and jiggled and used 3 jacks in different places until it finally got close enough to where I could bang in the bolt. Total time for one bushing, 7 hours. I'm not gonna do the others side. Every other bushing on the Jeep is done except for that last spring on the other side and that's how its gonna stay !

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Its helps to but the bushings in the freezer for a couple hours.

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Did you clean out the rust and old bushing bits with a file or sand paper first? My OME bushings slid in snug, but easily with a small bit of grease on the new springs... They shouldn't be that tough to slide in if everything is cleaned up.
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A press works wonders and there no that expensive.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:06 AM   #5
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with a big c clamp and a little grease mine went on pretty easy. those bushings dont look right. shouldnt they have a little lip that stays on the outside of the spring to keep it off the mount?
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with a big c clamp and a little grease mine went on pretty easy. those bushings dont look right. shouldnt they have a little lip that stays on the outside of the spring to keep it off the mount?
I agree those bushings look a little wrong I looked at mine and they all have the lip keeping the leafs off the mount
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7 hours for 1 bushing??? It took me 8 hours to do the entire lift kit. That must have been one screwed up bushing!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:43 AM   #8
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If it took that long to do bushings something was not right (obviously). The installer (you) didn't take the time to research how other people installed their bushings. Next time research before you begin a project or have someone who has done it before assist you.
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It took that long because the eye that the bushing had to fit into was not round as when it was new . I had to use 2 chizels in the spring gap to allow the spring eye to open back up. Yes I did research, yes I did use a torch, yes I did grease the eye and clean it up. The bushings are exact oem replacements, its just that the older ones were so dry rotted and rusted they allowed the eye to compress over the years and not be round. They have no lip unless you get the aftermarket ones like old man emu. It was like fitting a round peg in a square hole

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