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Old 05-03-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Control Arm Bushing Help

Hey guys, i'm in the middle of replacing my FCABs and have hit a snag. Got both off just fine, drivers side went on fine. The passenger side just won't seat. I get the bolt holes to line up, get the bolts in but there is like 1/4" of play. It's like the little nipples that the bolts go in won't seat properly inside of the carrier. Does anybody have any good suggestions? I am getting super frustrated but have to get this finished up so I can hopefully get an alignment this afternoon.

I have had the carrier off a few times with no luck. They are the Meyle HD for reference. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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Use a digital caliper to measure the CAB mounting bosses and counterbores in the Alum bushing carrier. C'bores might be undersize. May want to measure the removed carriers to get correct c'bore diameter.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:59 AM   #3
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thanks for the quick response. I got it. It just needed more brute strength. Really appreciate it though!
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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My Meyle HD CABs should be delivered today, hope mine fit well!
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:44 AM   #5
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nice! Yeah they fit well. I think the threads were a little junked up. Once I got it seated it was perfect. Pretty easy DIY. I took my time and had it done in 2 hours with about 30 minutes fighting the passenger side getting it to sit. Mine fought me a bit on the way out. I ended up cutting the inner portion of the bushing with a utility knife then used a tie rod puller to get that off. It's all buttoned up and back in the garage.

Next week: brakes, fuel filter and cabin filter.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:59 PM   #6
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Just finished installing mine, uneventful, fit nice. No cutting or tie rod puller needed, just sprayed a small amount of silicone on the bushings where they contact the control arms, slipped a medium flat blade screwdriver along the flat area of the control until it was about 1" into the bushing and pulled down on the s'driver handle. Doing that broke the bond that had occurred from 125k miles of driving and allowed the silicone to penetrate the bound area of the cab and ca. After the bind was free i just grabbed the mounting pad area of the bracket and rotated it down while pushing the cab toward the rear of the car and they slipped right off. A SMALL spritz of silicone made the new ones slip on slicker than snot on a doorknob.
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