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Thumbs up 69 Suspension Bushing Replacement

I am in the middle of replacing the front suspension bushings, waiting for the new ball joints cause the old ones had cracked rubber boots.

Whoever said to use a propane torch to heat up the metal so you can remove the old bushings is a WIZZARD! It worked so fine could not believe it..THANK YOU..THANK YOU!

The left rear bushing was distorted so badly the torsion bar was rubbing against the metal tube. That's where the squeek was comming from. I polished out the scratches on the torsion bar and repainted it. Squeeks can be a serious message to you, don't ignore them.

Also installed zirk fittings with longitudinal & circumfrential grooves on the bushing ID's.

Used that special Dow bushing lubricant that PP sells for $$$. Man is it thick and stickey. Coated the bushing OD's & ID's.

Used Weltmeister front bushings & they fit like a glove, a perfect fit.

Next comes the rear suspension bushings. Can I install zerk fittings there too. Have not seen anyone do so.

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Yes, I have seen this and Clay sent me some photos of what he had done. Here's a shot of the right rear as well as a link to his site.

http://www.geocities.com/the912guy/Page_11x.htm
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Zurk Bushing Grease Fittings

For your information:

My replacement Weltmeister front suspension bushings fit line to line and had very little if any OD or ID interferance. I discovered after installing the zurk grease fittings in the metal bushing sleeves, that the luricated bushing rotated on the OD and the grease hole to the ID of the bushing moved away from the grease fitting.

I should have groung an OD grease path groove in the bushing to accommodate any bushing rotation but I didn't. I chose to install a small 1/8" Dia. x 3/8" Lg. press fit brass pin retainer to secure the bushing on the OD so it did not rotate. All the rotation will be on the inside of the bearing now just like the old ones and the grease hole will line up. The brass pin does not touch the shaft and I placed it opposite any loaded sides of the bushing.

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