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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 08:57 PM
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Im having a close call as my new bushings for my bmr's will be here weds and im leaving thurs for impalafest.Will i be able to change the bushings myself or do i need to have them done by a shop? If it helps i havent installed the arms,there used and i got the new bushings from bmr just in case.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 09:29 PM
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Also is there anything i should be aware of when replacing them that i might not be ready for? I HAVE to get these things in that night.No doing it half way.
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 09:42 AM
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My only advice on the install would be to do them one arm at a time... that way everything will stay centered.
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 11:22 AM
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If you are doing the rear lowers, it should take you about 1/2 hour per side MAX! It's not hard at all. Use a deep socket, just a hair smaller in diameter of the sleeve, to push it out. It doesn't take much effort, just a socket and a hit or 2 with a hammer. Once the sleeve it out, the bushings will come right out. For installation, put the bushings in and tap the sleeve in with a hammer. Make sure you lube them well.

The rear uppers will take you more time because of it's location but its the same procedure. I say 2 hours for all bushings should do it.
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 12:14 PM
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Noel covered the lowers, they are a piece of cake.

For the uppers, get the bushing removal tool I've posted about before.

Barring that, the "quick" way would be to just leave the stock bushings in the axle for now. The BMR arms are built for SLIGHTLY wider bushings though, so you'll need to use some fender washers to get the width correct. IIRC, it was about 2=3mm wider for the BMR bushings vs stock bushings.

After what I've gone thru, I'd actually recommend re-using the stock bushings (with the washers) over the BMR bushings in the axle.
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 12:25 PM
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To add, I was assuming the axle bushing wouldn't need replacing. I assumed this due to a problem with them a few years ago. BMR sent me all but the axle bushings.

Like Ed said, if you have the stocker in there, LEAVE IT! It's a PITA to remove and reinstall. I've done it once and I wouldn't do it again.
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 02:40 PM
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thanks alot guys.It is uppers and lowers,and my new empire driveshaft.Tryin to get everything done before the festivities this weekend.
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