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    Posted: Oct/02/2017 at 1:38pm

I've finished my front suspension rebuild and now want to replace the rear bushings.  How hard is it to replace them one at a time with the rear diff still in the car?  Seems like it should be possible to do this while supporting the springs and diff with floor jacks.
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I have replaced them the way u describe.

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Originally posted by Ollie Ollie wrote:

I have replaced them the way u describe.

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Thanks, Ollie.  BTW, I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Las Vegas show!
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What bushings (poly or rubber) did you use on the front? Where did you purchase?

I know these questions have been answered many time on the forum but it seems like everyone has a different opinion.

Will be doing the same on my car this winter once I know which way to go.



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Originally posted by apedersen apedersen wrote:

What bushings (poly or rubber) did you use on the front? Where did you purchase?

I know these questions have been answered many time on the forum but it seems like everyone has a different opinion.

Will be doing the same on my car this winter once I know which way to go.


I used all rubber bushings, and I stick with Moog brand on bushings and springs as they are U.S. made.  I got the spring perch bushings from Amazon... best price I found anywhere.  The control arm bushings I think came from JEGS as did the Moog 2112 coil springs.  KYB shocks came from Amazon.  I usually just shop around to see who has the best price on what I want.

In my AMX I used a mixture of poly and rubber, but for my Javelin I am sticking with rubber as I want a decent ride.  I don't have anything against the poly bushings, but they do transmit a bit more road noise.




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The rear bushings should be easy, the fronts have a steel shell that presses into the spring eye. They can be problematic. The threw bolt on the front can be rusted to the center sleeve.
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Originally posted by 1970390amx 1970390amx wrote:

The rear bushings should be easy, the fronts have a steel shell that presses into the spring eye. They can be problematic. The threw bolt on the front can be rusted to the center sleeve.

Thanks for the reminder.  I remember that from when I stripped down my AMX to be media blasted.  Front bolts were rusted to the sleeve big time and it was a real PITA as I recall.
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Thanks, Ollie.  BTW, I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Las Vegas show!


Me Too! Our big trip is getting closer, getting more pumped up. The Rambler's exhaust manifold gasket has been a worry for me, but that issue has been solved.

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the one with the metal sleeve I put them in the freezer and made a tool with a threaded rod to draw the bushing in to the spring so I don't have to remove the spring or beat on it to get it out I use a air chisel
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Originally posted by mixed up mixed up wrote:

the one with the metal sleeve I put them in the freezer and made a tool with a threaded rod to draw the bushing in to the spring so I don't have to remove the spring or beat on it to get it out I use a air chisel


Good idea! I made a similar tool for the control arm bushings.
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