A arm bushings

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Clone TIE Pilot

Clone TIE Pilot

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Looked over my Regal today for getting ready for my Blazer brake upgrade I plan to install this spring. Noticed my upper A arm bushings have several deep cracks in them. Guess they are dry rotted. My question is does GM make 1LE bushings for our front A arms? I want to use rubber bushings. Looking at Rockauto they offer rubber bushings with either plastic or metal outer sleeves, personally I would want metal sleeves. I already have one of those C clamp style ball joint press tools which can also be used for pressing the rubber bushings. Hate it when projects snowball.
 
Clone TIE Pilot

Clone TIE Pilot

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Those look good. I suspect that heat from the TES headers may have dried out the upper bushings.
 
TURNA

TURNA

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it will cost you twice as much to "rebuild" the 40 year old rust covered,probably cracked junk then to buy new Moogs or the lower price Dormans
 
pontiacgp

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what about these moogs....since rubber has a shelf life I would rather buy a new bushing than an ACDelco NOS bushing...

 
Clone TIE Pilot

Clone TIE Pilot

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My Regal has 87K miles, both of my DDs have way more miles. It also was rarely winter driven by my grandfather and hasn't seen any winter driving in 20+ years so it is unusually clean for a northeast car of its age. The ball joints appear to be good, just the rubber bushings are expired from time. If the arms had over 100k and were crusty, I would replace them completely.

I agree about not using NOS rubber parts. Rather have fresh rubber parts than ones that expired on the shelf. Already own a ball joint press from rebuilding the U joints on my tractor.
 
pontiac guy

pontiac guy

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I always rebush mine. However you can buy a preloaded upper with an offset shaft to eliminate the thick stack of alignment spacers on the upper. Along those lines, you cant use a ball joint press on the uppers because of the shaft. You can use it on the lower however. I do the uppers with a regular press.
 
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ssn696

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I think the Moog Problem Solver (premium) upper control arms come with the offset cross shafts.
 
Clone TIE Pilot

Clone TIE Pilot

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Looking at the costs of rebuilding my original upper A arms vs buying complete new arms as suggested by Turna, the prices are nearly the same. A upper bushing press kit is $50 plus $25 for just a new set of rubber bushings vs $72 for a pair of pre built new arms that include installed rubber bushiings, new crosshaft, and new upper balljoint.
 

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