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Rear Suspension Bushes

Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by DaPlaya, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. DaPlaya

    DaPlaya New Member

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    G'day all, Did a search and couldn't really find a whole lot in relation to my question.

    I recently took my car in for a 28 point check to find out what was causing my VS to have loose-ish back end.

    I was told that the following needs to be replaced at the rear. Note I have a Live rear axle.

    Back
    Upper arm Bushes
    Lower arm Bushes
    Pan Hard Rod Bushes
    Sway/Stablizer Bar

    Front
    Radius Rod Bushes - I think also known as the 'Z' bar?

    Now I can easily replace the sway bar and pan hard rod bushes, however I know that the others are 'pressed' into the arms.

    Now because I don't want pedders to do it is it possible, for me, to replace these bushes without a hydrolic press? by say tapping them out, and in?

    Has anybody done this?

    Cheers,
     
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    SaGe New Member

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    upper arm r easy to change all u need is two jacks and 2 19mm spanners i think. get one jack to lift up the arse end of the car and the get the jack to sit ( not lift ) under the lower arm to give it support when u take off the upper arm, then u just un bolt the upper arm ( u do this one side at time). if i remember correctly, the top bolt can be undone b y one spanner as for the bottom one u need to hold the nut in place with one spanner and undo the bolt with the other spanner

    take in mind this is changing the Upper control arms not the bushes as brand new control arms come with brand new bushes
     
  3. DaPlaya

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    Thanks mate but I wanna know if I can keep my existing control arm but just replace the bushes. I know the procedure how to take it all apart just need to know if I can replace the bushes without a press.

    Cheers for your response though.
     
  4. TheForgotten

    TheForgotten only human......

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    nah not without a hydraulic press. banging them with a hammer will stuff the metal sleeve, and you'll need more bushes to replace the ones you just stuffed
     
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    Whilst a hydraulic press is preferable, a decent solid vice will do just about the same. Apart from brute force, you can heat the arm to expand the 'hole' and put the bush in the freezer to shrink it plus use heaps of WD40 when pressing the new bush in. Make sure the bush and the control arm are properly supported...use your common sense. Try doing a search in the "how to" section on pressing bushes in...or maybe even a GOOGLE search. Good Luck.
     
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    Cheers mate looks like I'll have to get it done proffessionally, i thought about heating the arm and freezing the bush. I looked in the How To here and searched the forums with no luck (unless I miss somthing, if so please post link). Google was no good either.
     
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    Try:
    http://www.tvrna.com/tech-a04.html
    or
    http://www.saab9000.com/procedures/suspension/frontbush.php

    I used "pressing suspension bushes" in GOOGLE
    and remember 'there's always more than one way to skin a cat'.:thumbsup:

    Good Luck.
     
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    Thanks Hako, looks like I overlooked a few things there,

    I think I'll give those options a go and see if I can do it myself.
     
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    How did you go?

    My wifes VS needs exactly the same things replacing and like you I don't want Pedders to have my money.

    Wardie
     
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    The top arms you can buy from bursons or repco for near the same price as the bushes alone. For the sake of ten bucks I would just buy them complete & save myself the hassle.
     
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    i not long did this on my purple beast. i bought upper and lower bushes for near the same price as the bushes didnt take long at all to change. but i dint change the bushes that are pressed in the diff.............good luck with those ones!!!
     
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    The diff bushes - rear trailing arms


    Hey, Im meaning to do my diff bushes for the rear trailing arms, as i have already done the two bushes in the trailing arms.

    Im looking at taking the wheel off, the rotor / hub, and possibly the stone gaurd. Then with the same sized diameter piece of pipe and im thinking a sledge hammer, i will hit the bush in towards the diff head. Now i do think the bush is slighty taperd. /Hence why i will hit them out towards the diff head. And in the opposite way.

    Just got to get around to it. Possibly use two people.

    Cheers Pete
     
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    VRSenator065 Now in stealth mode

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    First of all congrats on the 7 year thread dig :)

    If you are going near your car or any part of it with a sledge hammer you are doing it wrong....
     

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