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Got the rear leaf-spring bushings done on one side, but I see that the front bushings are going to be problematic.  The whole bolt turns as I turn the nut, and my new mufflers (welded on) are in the way so that I can't fit a socket into the hole in the frame. Without a way to grab the head of the bolt I'm tempted just to forget about replacing the front bushings until next time I have the exhaust system off for some other reason.  

If I get impatient I might take a nut splitter to them, but I'm sure they're hardened so might be too tough for that. 




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Originally posted by CamJam CamJam wrote:

I used all rubber bushings, and I stick with Moog brand on bushings and springs as they are U.S. made. 


not the case any more. it's an america BRAND but Moog is pretty much just a brand holding company like the rest of them, Fram, etc. 

the problem with rubber parts is that if they are old enoguh to be American made, then they're too old to use; and if newer, then it's a crap shoot if the quality is any good.

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That seems to be at least partly true.  The Moog bushings I got for the front of the leaf spring said "Made in USA" on the box, but the rears were made in Mexico.  Still better than China though.
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"china" is a big place and many quality manufacturers there... and a lot of junk makers, more than their share. the difference in my experience is, does the US company spec'ing/buying the parts do QA, or not. the better ones have on-site engineers that do what they did in US plants, make sure that the manufacturing lines produce correct parts. but growth means increasing profit margins, and cutting costs, and with low volume stuff and catalog collapse, etc, i think they simply accept crappier parts. it's like shopping for vegetables, but online where you can't squeeze 'em first.

apple, HP, hard disk manu's etc all get quality work done but i think all have on-site QA engineers.

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True, and I do think China quality is generally getting better across the board. Still lot of small junk factories though, so buyer beware.
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