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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2004, 01:44 PM
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I recently had a shop press in some new bushings into my front control arms. Now, when I went to reinstall the arms, one of them will not fit back into the mounts. It looks like it is about 1/8" wider than it should be. Could the shop have bent it when they were pressing the bushings in? It seems odd that it would be wider than it should be.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2004, 11:52 PM
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The lowers can easily be bent while pressing in new bushings or even removing the old ones. The good new is that you can usually "squeeze" it back into place. This is one of the issues I've taken care of with the tubulars.

What kind of bushing did you have pressed in?
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 02:21 AM
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I had Energy Suspension bushings pressed in. I had the shop install all the bushings and balljoints for me to make my life easier. The one side went together fine, but the other will not fit in. I'm going to go this week and see if they will press the arm to try and squeeze it back into spec.
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 10:21 AM
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I had the fun problem of trying to get my control arms back in and they wouldnt fit. Turns out that the mounting flanges have a tendency to squeeze in so when you put new bushings in their isn't enough room. What you need to do is get a small piece of flat metal(like a 2"x2" 1/8 plate steel) a bolt and a nut and expand the flanges. They should line up nicely. If you need a picture I have one and can send it to you. just PM me
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 11:16 AM
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A LCA with Energy suspension bushings is harder to get back in than stock. A bent arm will make it impossible unless you manage to bend the arm back or expand the flanges like Steve is talking about.
BTW, the arms NEVER bend even a little bit when the bushing remove & install job is done properly. I will try to eventully post some pictures of the set-up I use.
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