Homemade upper control arm bushing removal

brrian

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Last week I took my upper & lower control arms out. I was able to get the LCA bushings & ball joints out using Advance's rental kit, but I couldn't use it for the uppers because of the shaft, and nobody local had a rental kit with the forked end to get around the shaft. So, I made my own. I made an inner plate, notched to fit around the arm, a tubing spacer, and outer plate. I assembled those around the bushing and used (2) 6" C-clamps to 'squeeze' it & pop the bushings out. Two popped out simply from clamping pressure, and two needed a tap with a hammer, but they all came out. Cool.

I'll hang onto this for a few more days until I get the new bushings in, then I'm done with it & if anybody here is interested in it I'd be happy to send it for the cost of shipping. I can also make more if more people are interested.

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69hurstolds

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That's thinking outside the box. Necessity is the mother of invention. You're not the first who's took the bull by the horns. Things worked out great!(y)
 
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CopperNick

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Maybe a second shot of that inner plate to give us a better perspective on how it fits onto the cross-shaft? Otherwise, nicely done.



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brrian

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See below. The plates are sets of 3/16" steel (what we had) & I doubled them up for strength. & I left the C-clamps at work so I mocked it up with some bar clamps.

The hardest part was holding all of the pieces in place until I got the clamps tightened - no different then the rental kit though. If I had to redo it I could solve that...

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Clone TIE Pilot

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We should have a homemade tool section here.
 
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CopperNick

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Per-fect!! Just exactly the angle and details that I was hoping for. As of right now I have nothing on the to do list that involves extracting dead bushings from upper control arms, BUT, there is always tomorrow...............................

brrian, thanks for posting the additional shots.



Nick
 

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When I did my front suspension I just replaced the uppers, I didn’t want to have to mess with the bushings.
 

mc1984ss

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Another method is to take a drill and drill out as much rubber from the bushing that you can and pull the rest out with a pliers. Then take a hammer and chisel to collapse the pressed in sleeve. Once the sleeve collapses enough you can pull them out by hand
 

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