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I don't actually recall the process or how difficult it was or what it looks like under there :P but I don't remember it being hard if that's any help to you lol.

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Trailing Arm And Bushing Removel and Replacement

This is the guide that I used. Notice it isn't complete after removal. That's not a big deal, because it just goes back in the reverse order. I did mine a couple months ago. I don't think it could (or possibly even should) be attempted while on the car. After I did those bushings. I ended up getting a set of SPC camber arms, and then MOOG everything for the front and rear. I am very happy with MOOG after comparing them side to side with the FoMoCo stuff on there. You seem to know your stuff, so replacing these bushings should be fairly easy for you. The only "trouble" I ran into, was getting the rust to let loose. Grab a can of PB Blaster and hit whatever you want to and let sit to soak for a little bit. A press would be helpful for pressing in the bushings, but I bet a couple clamps could get the job done in pinch. I would also recommend keeping the bushings in the freezer until ready to install.

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Do I need a press to replace the lower control arm bushings
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Also how was replacing your trailing arm bushings what press did u use
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yes a special press is needed for the bushings. Labor by the book is about 2 hours each side

I just replaced my rear passenger trailing arm bushing, no more clunk!
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So there is absolutely no way to do that with it still mostly on the vehicle is there? lol

I'm not really in the mood to spend 6 hours taking apart my entire rear end to replace one bush.


^^^^^^^^^^^This...

I had the exact same question. I've seen a few you tube videos where guys manage to muscle the trailing arm down just enough to get the bushing down below the frame to a workable location.

I'm not sure if buddy was working on a Mazda 3 or not though...

Regardless, has anyone been able to pull this off?
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I can't decide if I want to try; that's right, I still haven't done it LOL
But the car is in literal bits right now so I might as well?

I think I should give it a shot, see how it goes.

That is, if I can do it without removing to much. If I can undo the shock, camber arm, and the bushing mounts and access it, then other than finding a way to press it out, I think I could handle it.

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just send it in to your mazda dealer BUT make sure they have a press. I have actually spoken with 2 mazda dealers who stupidly did not have it....(being that it's such a common issue with our mazdas)

have them replace the bushing. It's cheaper and no headache what so ever, rating than trying to do it yourself
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I can't decide if I want to try; that's right, I still haven't done it LOL
But the car is in literal bits right now so I might as well?

I think I should give it a shot, see how it goes.

That is, if I can do it without removing to much. If I can undo the shock, camber arm, and the bushing mounts and access it, then other than finding a way to press it out, I think I could handle it.
I literally just finished reading the procedure and spraying down bolts I will have to move with penetrating oil. It is definitely an intimidating job since it involves tearing the whole rear end apart but really, it isn't THAT bad. As for pushing out the old bushing and putting in a new one, there are some genius home made tools out there doing it pretty easily. My favorite one that I saw online, either in this forum or another similar one, involved drilling a hole through two pipe end caps, using a piece of threaded rod, a socket or two and some nuts for a make shift bushing press/removal tool. Seemed to work pretty well and could be easily adapted for different bushing sixes... I'll let you know how I make out in a couple weeks when I do the job! I might even make a thread about it depending on how faithfully I can take pictures throughout the process.

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just send it in to your mazda dealer BUT make sure they have a press. I have actually spoken with 2 mazda dealers who stupidly did not have it....(being that it's such a common issue with our mazdas)

have them replace the bushing. It's cheaper and no headache what so ever, rating than trying to do it yourself
I was quoted $600 labor at my local Canadian Tire. I don't even want to know what the stealership wants....

I am also going to be doing rear shocks and the lateral links while I am in there... So, what the hell right?
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I typically have ended up using sockets (very large ones for old flywheels lol), and C clamps, if I can't use a bench vice.

Having the proper tool of course would make the job twice as easy at least!

If you're taking apart half of those things anyways, IMO you certainly might as well; maybe even do camber arms if you haven't.

If you do, and are successful, mind taking pictures??
Even maybe writing up a how-to?

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