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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

The only option is to carefully press them out. I might be tempted to go to some machine shop and have them do it with the major concern of preserving the bushing.
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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

I used a metal tube a bit larger then the bushing and a socket on the other side of the bushing. Then use a press.
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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

Looks like I'm stopping by my local Harbor Freight tomorrow...think I can get it done with one of these?

6 Ton A-Frame Bench Shop Press

I really don't have the space for a big ol' 20 ton.
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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

Save your money and get this bro. 12 Ton Shop Press I also considered that benchtop A frame but look at the max working distance. It's only 4". That's gonna severely limit what you can do with it. It would probably work for the A arm but you couldn't do much else with it. For an extra $50 you get a floor standing 12 ton press with over 28" of working room. Trust me buddy you'll find a lot of uses for something like that. I bought a table top drill press from them which I love but it's no good for the bigger stuff so now I want a floor model which I should have bought to begin with. Don't be such a Dave
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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

Ugh...FINE. Now I need to find a place to put the damn thing. Maybe I'll cut the legs down a little. I'm workin' in some pretty tight quarters over here brah. You're right though...for the money, that's a lot more press.

The ball joint made it in today. Slowly collecting pieces to make this problem go away. Now I just need to find the right bushings...





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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

Press is put together, and a I ordered 2 sets of bushings. One is a set of Dormans, and another is a set of Raybestos "professional grade". I pressed out the ones that came with my new upper control arm assembly from Omix, so I'll have 3 different bushings to compare. Stay tuned for more. When it's all said and done, I'll have a spare upper control arm and a set of spare bushings, so if you're having the same problem I am, I'll be selling what I don't use.

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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

The numbers are in boys....so here's the Big Bushing Comparo:

Top is an Omix-Ada, lower left is Raybestos, and lower right is Dorman.

Visually, the Raybestos and Dormans are identical, and are very likely cast from the same mold. The Omix ones are different. Not much, but different.

I weighed each one expecting to find the Omix ones to be the lightest. Not the case.

Omix = both were 395 grams
Raybestos = both were 392 grams
Dorman = One was 392 grams, the other was 386 grams

I'm not quite sure you're paying for material with these. There appears to be more rubber around the center with the Raybestos and Dorman vs the Omix.

So I'm going to go with the Raybestos ones, just because I don't think anyone else has run them. What do you guys suggest I fill the voids with if I'm looking for durability? Silicone? Gasket Maker/Adhesive?

I'm going to remove my old rear upper control arm, clean it up, paint it, and install the Dormans in it, then put it up for sale. If anyone wants dibs, let me know.



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How much? My cousins 00' Laredo is shot!!! Roll over an ant and rear end bangs like 4th of july. It be shipped quote to 60634
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How much? My cousins 00' Laredo is shot!!! Roll over an ant and rear end bangs like 4th of july. It be shipped quote to 60634
It's probably going to be a few weeks before it's available, but I'm thinking $70 is fair, shipped. A new assembly runs about $110 plus shipping and that's with crappy bushings.
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Re: Rear upper A arm bushings

Done any cross-referencing on these?
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Done any cross-referencing on these?
As far as what other vehicles they fit? Or what other mfg's make them?

I know the Libby's run them...but that's about it.
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