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Replace trailing arm bush difficulty?

Wanting to replace a bunch of bushes on the car this year as it's certainly growing of age.

Has anyone replaced these before? And how difficult was it?


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I've had luck with other bushings/cars using a cheap Harbor Freight ball joint press to push bushings out and into control arms. Not sure if it'll include a cup/receiver big enough to do that one though....

May help to put the bushing in the freezer, and heat up the trailing arm for installation so that thermal expansion works in your favor. Removing the old one you may have to resort to a torch to burn it out.

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I used the Free Loaner kit from Pep Boys years back when doing the front suspension on my Truck and The Yukon. Had a good selection on cups and caps and worked perfectly for a 4x4,safe to assume it should have the correct size for the trailing arm too. And yes,heat and the freezer played a helpful role for the control arm bushings...

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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.

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I haven't done it on a 3,but judging by the size of the size of the press,though it's not too large, may be too bulky to orient it and the bushing correctly while still on the car. I removed the arms from the truck and held it in a vice while battering them out. Foul language helped also...lol

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Replace trailing arm bush difficulty?

I have done that one. Took the whole trailing off though. Much easier. Didn't take six hours either lol

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Damn I have changed a fair number of bushings on this damn car lol
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Is it really that difficult to remove it? I'm just trying to process in my head how much work it would be, and the only real issue that would annoy me would be removing the whole brakes. I might just wait until I need to replace my rear pads to do any other bushes on the rear arms.

Only other bushes that would need replacing in the rear would be on the actual control arm. RSB bushes are only like 20k old, toe bushes are 1 week old, camber arms are 10k old, really just the LCA and that TA bush are the only ones that have 100k of use on them.

As for the fronts I need to replace at least one side's axle (but would replace all of it), but would rather do that when I get my clutch replaced as that just makes the most sense.

But I figured I'd replace my front LCAs at that point at well (would like to go to some better bushes but from what I can tell not something that can be easily done without a press and some fabbing to pull them out.

But I can replace my steering balljoint easy.

looking at MOOG stuff mostly, dealt with them on a Speed3 and everyone seems to be happy overall with MOOG and another company I can't recall, but MOOG has everything for good prices that I need.

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Philrab was mentioning Mevotech for the LCA...i've used Moog for many projects and 'specially on my truck,abused them to no end without failure.

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No complaints from my Mevotech arms. Dimensionally identical to stock, looked like good quality out of the box, damned reasonably priced, and other members here have had good luck with them.

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