Lower control arm outer bushing shell removal frustration...

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    340challconv Member

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    I took your suggestion and purchased these tools
    Worked GREAT and made my job much easier on my A66 Challenger vert front end rebuild.

     
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    375inStroke Well-Known Member

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    I've always hit the outer lip inward at four places with a washer inside, then pressed them out from the other side with a vise, whatever socket fits for a receptacle, and another socket to push with. This process relieves a lot of the interference fit, and surface area touching the arm. Since the lip is gone, you may try picking at the edges until there's enough to hit. A flat pin punch would probably work better than a chisel for this. Relieving the pressure really helps. To the left of the vise, you can see the old sleeve with the edges pushed towards the center.

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    I buy from the yard all the time. Good tools. I have a huge box of 1/16" and 1/8" cleco pins for my sheetmetal jobs from there. Doubtful they will have a tap that big though.
     
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    Well, I just completed replacing the bushings in my lower control arm. I followed the instructions from this article in HOT ROD MAGAZINE online and it went flawlessly. The only thing I did differently from the article was that instead of welding the washer to the bushing shell, I inserted the washer into the shell then collapsed the sides inward in a couple of spots. Then pressed it out.

    My neighbor friend has a press so I brought along my parts and cold case o' brewski...
    I realize there are many ways to achieve success but this worked really great and the press is the only special tool used.
    It would be nice if this article was made into a sticky.

    Tips and Tricks for Rebuilding Lower Control Arms

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    I just ordered one too.
     
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    • MOA

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      I just did the same thing, worked, but not without a bit of a fight.

      I have the greaseable poly bushings from pst, they do have an outer shell already pressed on the bushing.
       
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      • Ters

        Ters Mopar infected...

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        A nice tutorial posted by a South African Mopar friend:
         
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        • Rob Eppler

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          I just finished doing this very job. Once the rubber is out of the way I grab my die grinder and a round carbide bit. Carefully grind a vertical groove up and down the bushing shell. Then collapse it with a chisel. It falls out. Yes it is possible to grind too deep and groove the inside diameter of the LCA. But being careful you may leave a small witness mark [line] in the LCA. in either case, there is more than one option for doing this job. I like reading others ideas...this is my technique.
           
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          I have watched my dad with a cutting torch take them lower control arm bushings out
          all my life. He told me this is the fastest and easiest way to do this job.
           
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          That's what my dad always used was torch. Never was an issue. Quick and easy
           
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          That's an upper control arm.
          I think a wafer wheel works best on them.
           
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          hi all, here is a little how too on these arms I made back in 2006.
           
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            This is the top arm video

             
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