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Old 12-03-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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FCAB installation help!

I went through with Tim's DIY write-up, but I'm stuck at pressing the sleeve out of the housing. Any tricks to this? I have a ball-joint press and a vise that is clamped onto the ball-joint press to get some leverage but that metal sleeve won't budge a bit, I end up rotating my entire table before i can even get that sleeve to move at all.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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I just did this about 3 weeks ago. The DIY that was posted made it look easier than it was. I also had the problem with turning the table over before being able to move the bushing in the bracket. I got it done, and this is how I did it.

First thing is I used a lot of break free lube. The tools I used were a hammer, cutting wheel, and a ball joint press.

After not being able to move the bushing in the press, I put the cup from the ball joint press on a concrete floor. I then cut slits in the bushing on the short end. I put the bushing long side in the cup, then beat the hell out of the short side (side with the slits). I cut 4 slits, and would hit each of the sides of the bushing in crossing pattern. The bushing was pretty beat up when I was done, but the bushing was only bent inwards and was moved most the way down in the bracket (bracket was intact).

Once I got the bushing pushed (hit) most the way down, I flipped the bushing over and cut slits in the long side. I put the bushing into the ball joint press (short side in the cup) and began twisting the ball joint press (again, with a lot of lube). I pressed the bushing the other way through the bracket, then when most the way through, it was loose enough just to fall out. While pressing the other way with the press, I would twist the screw and it would get very heavy, then suddenly pop as the bushing would move.

It probably took me 30 minutes to an hour for each bushing using this method, and it left my hammer arm very tired.

Once the old bushings were out, it was relatively easy to press the new Powerflex poly bushings back in with the ball joint press.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thanks! Finally after hammering and cutting and hammering, got the damn thing off and installed. No more wobbly steering wheel!
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