Getting Control Arms Back In!

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Getting Control Arms Back In!

Post by TheHeretic » 19 Mar 2018 16:48

Okay newbie when it comes to the rear suspension and have decided to take on the challenge of doing a new CV kit install along with new control arm bushings and R31 rear brakes. Got out the control arms and put in new Whiteline poly bushings. Went to put them back and WOW is everything super tight. Kinda squeezed in part of the bushings and have been using a rubber mallet and pieces of wood to "move" the control arm around to get it aligned so that I can put the bolts in. Still not done at this point and I have only worked on one side. Any tricks to getting them in there easier?!
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Re: Getting Control Arms Back In!

Post by RMS » 19 Mar 2018 18:14

i have not dealt with the whiteline rear Aarm bush, but after dealing with many aftermarket bushings I can tell you the specs are not always the same as the stock bushes. cutting and filing me be required but often a bit of force and much lube will get er done. its also surprising how much clearance can be taken up by paint.
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Post by TheHeretic » 19 Mar 2018 19:30

Yeah they were very very tight. Got one side in so tomorrow will go after the other side. Not much wisdom to pass on here...going to use even more lube on the other sides. That and a jack and a big rubber mallet was what I used. Tired now!
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Post by funwithmonkeys » 19 Mar 2018 19:53

Are you using Byron's brackets on the rear cross-member?
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Post by Three B's Racing » 20 Mar 2018 05:59

TheHeretic wrote:Yeah they were very very tight. Got one side in so tomorrow will go after the other side. Not much wisdom to pass on here...going to use even more lube on the other sides. That and a jack and a big rubber mallet was what I used. Tired now!
Do the Whiteline bushing have an inner steel tube running through the bushing butting against the ears on each side so you can properly set torque on the bolt?
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Post by JordanTr » 20 Mar 2018 08:46

I've used a c clamp to squish the bushings so that you can more easily wiggle them in between the brackets.
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Post by TheHeretic » 20 Mar 2018 09:34

It's a Datsport cross member so has their brackets on it. They recommend Whiteline bushings and the bushings have the steel inner tube for sure. Will try the C-clamp idea on the other side. Just used my fingers on the side that is in. Plus to Whiteline is that they are self-lubricating bushings. I definitely also used the grease they supplied but it's nice to know I should never have squeaking bushings!
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Re: Getting Control Arms Back In!

Post by JordanTr » 20 Mar 2018 09:40

I have the Datsport brackets as well so the C clamp truck should work for you!
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