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Old 08-11-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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What is the best way to remove the steel bushings from the frame and the eye ends of the leaf springs. I have spent hours and have removed only 2. There appears to be 2 bushing separated by rubber, very hard to remove.
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We used to use a torch, to burn the rubber out. Nasty and stinky but effective on car leaf springs.
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We used to use a torch, to burn the rubber out. Nasty and stinky but effective on car leaf springs.
Thanks...........I'll try that tomorrow
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If you want to try a less flammable method, you can get an air hammer with a blunt end, and drive it out with that. Hearing protection strongly suggested. If that doesn't work, you can always try the "hot wrench".
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Ditto the torch. Don't get any of the stuff on ya. Afterwards, use a cold chisel to split the outer shell bushing. Not an easy job, but needs to be done.
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I'm just concerned with that 53 year old plywood a few inches above the bushings. It would be very dry, and ignite easily.
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I'm just concerned with that 53 year old plywood a few inches above the bushings. It would be very dry, and ignite easily.
The shell has been rasied and the floor removed.....thanks
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Ditto the torch. Don't get any of the stuff on ya. Afterwards, use a cold chisel to split the outer shell bushing. Not an easy job, but needs to be done.
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Between the torch and air impact hammer I easily removed outer and inter bushings. The eye on the leaf springs now measures approx 1 1/4" and also the frame. I was thinking of using steel bushing on the frame and bronze bushings for the leaf eyes, both I.D. of 9/16" and my question is, do you know where I can buy them?.........thanks

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Steve,

Are you going to use solid bushings, why not replace with rubber lined bushings like the original?
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Are you going to use solid bushings, why not replace with rubber lined bushings like the original?
This is new for me, how hard is it to install rubber lined compared to the solid bushing.
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I don't recall exactly how I did it, but it involved a large 5/8" bolt for a jackscrew, and some large bushings, or a large socket, to make up the difference in length between the inner serrated bushing, and the outer sleeve.

You want to be pushing on the outer sleeve, not the inner sleeve. I'm sure an arbor press would have been easier.

The nice thing about the rubber bushing is that the outer sleeve is thin enough that it will conform to the ID of the spring eye. Also, if the front hanger is just a half degree off perfect, the rubber will still let you swing the leaf pack left or right a half inch to align with the rear hanger.
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I don't recall exactly how I did it, but it involved a large 5/8" bolt for a jackscrew, and some large bushings, or a large socket, to make up the difference in length between the inner serrated bushing, and the outer sleeve.

You want to be pushing on the outer sleeve, not the inner sleeve. I'm sure an arbor press would have been easier.

The nice thing about the rubber bushing is that the outer sleeve is thin enough that it will conform to the ID of the spring eye. Also, if the front hanger is just a half degree off perfect, the rubber will still let you swing the leaf pack left or right a half inch to align with the rear hanger.
Thanks very much, will go with the rubber bushings, where did you buy yours, went to the net and couldn't fine them.
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Got them from Standard Spring of Minneapolis. Their part no. is RB1, and they were $7.39 each. I don't know if it is a stock item. That was 5 years ago. Phone is 800 356-3897.

Try your local full service spring foundry first.
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