|We used a reciprocating saw to cut a line in the sleeve as a guide line where a screwdriver could easily chisel through.|
Many of the bushings are sleeved with a thick metal tube that fit snuggly into the control arm. What we did instead of using a press was melt the rubber inserts with a propane torch. Once the rubber was gone, we would use a reciprocating saw to cut a line in the sleeve as a guide line where a flat head screwdriver could easily chisel through and cut a gap in the sleeve, relieving the tension and thus making it easier to remove. Be careful not to cut completely through the sleeve and into the control arms! That would be no bueno.
|We tell you this warning about not cutting through to the control arm because it is very easy to accidentally do. How do we know? Because we accidentally did just that. Fortunately for us there is photoshop, and only those who are reading this caption know that we made that not so smart error.|
|We needed to keep the center piece, so the easiest way to remove it from the stock bushing was to burn it out.|
|For those bushings that didn't have a sleeve, we burned out the bushing anyway. To prep the surface for the new bushing, we cleaned up the area with a wire wheel, making the surface debris free and smooth.|