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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-21-2004, 11:50 AM
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I'll be redoing my front end with the pst kit, and had a question about the control arm bushings. From what I've read, it's easiest & fastest to have a shop do the bushings. I would like to do it myself, but I'm looking to make this a two-three day project, some people have run into trouble. I want to paint the upper/lower arms with POR-15 too. Do I remove both the upper & lower arms, paint, take to shop, have them press out the old and press in the new? Thanks!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 03:27 PM
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Yes, have a shop do it. My buddy and I did it with a 12-ton arbor press, but it's scary. Those bushings POP when they let loose, and as you dive for cover you'll think something broke. One was actually seized and we ended up bending the upper a-arm because of it, despite having a spacer in place. Fortunately, a local junk yard had an arm in stock for me for $25. Also, the lower inner bushings are supposed to have a flair to hold them in place, which gets kind of funky but any competent shop should have the flairing tool. The lower ball joints are also somewhat of a bear, although Autozone will loan you a ball joint press that looks like a giant c-clamp that works OK. But if a shop would do all the R&R labor for $50 or $75 I would probably go that route next time. I would paint last since all the handling and pressing will leave nicks in the fresh paint.
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for the reply, I thought this topic would go the way of the Mohicans. Sorry to beat a dead horse, but to get an idea of what to ask the shop, I can remove both the upper & lower control arms, then have the shop do all the r&r'ing, bushings & balljoints?
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 04:04 PM
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Yep... that's the easiest... just take all 4 of the arms off and carry them in. However... around here it seems it would be $100-$125 to get all 8 bushings and the 2 ball joints done. Call around to see who can do it and at what price.

With my tubular arms there is no worries about bending the arms... the bushing "housings" are tubular also and won't give. If I could only get the damn things into smooth production
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-27-2004, 02:54 PM
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I can't speak on the price having done it myself, although I might even consider $100 - $125 in light of the difficulty in doing it yourself. I don't think you can even get the bushings out without a good press. But for any competent machine shop it should be a cake walk -- just remember that this front suspension design was on every GM car from the 1950's up through the 1990's. If you bought a kit from PST you may have noticed that the same part number applies to 20 years' worth of full-sized Chevys.
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-27-2004, 07:44 PM
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lOOse...

I'm in process of doing this exact same thing to my 95 SS. I paid a local guy here $85.00 to do my upper and lower arms. I think anything under $100.00 would be reasonable.

Let me know how you make out. I have family in Waterford, we're practically neighbors dude!

I'll be re-assembling this weekend if the weather permits...talk later and good luck!
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-27-2004, 11:04 PM
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How much would the extreme kit with bushings cost to get installed you think? A reasonable price at a shop that is.

Those tubular arms look great...someday I might just get some =)
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 10:03 AM
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To get the front end rebuilt, I would expect maybe 500 bucks at a good shop. That's 65*8hrs labor. That said, I just got off the phone with a shop, and they said expect 1.5 hrs to do the balljoints and bushings, at 65 an hour. But from what I've read, that's a worthwhile 100 bucks. The additional 4 or 500 it would cost to do the whole thing though I can spend on other things to make it easier to go faster and abuse the new suspension.
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 12:29 PM
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Another question, since I'll be having a shop do the arms, what special tools should I pick up from Autozone. I'm not going to need a press anymore. I figure I'll need a spring compressor, what about a pickle fork, and a puller of some sort? Anything else? (besides bandaids)
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-03-2004, 11:37 AM
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I'm leaving work in a bit to start the removal of my front end. Having read many conflicting posts, this is my last shot at getting advice. I hope to remove the front control arms, upper & lower tonight to take into a shop tomorrow to do the r&ring, any advice on how to do the removal and replacement? And as asked above, since a shop is doing the r&ring of bushings & balljoints, what should I go to Autozone for and rent as far as special tools? I'm doing everything, springs, shocks, tierods, idler arm, (centerlink is still pretty new), bushings, balljoints, swaybar, endlinks, the skin on my hands... Right, so, any takers on this? Otherwise, wish me luck, it's gonna be a long weekend. Also, most productive beers for this sort of project?
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