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Old 11-19-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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OK to reuse FCAB's?

I did a search but I couldn't seem to find an answer to my question.

I purchased a pair of new Meyle fcab's about 2 years ago and have put maybe around 20k on them. Now I need to replace the lower control arms themselves. Do you think I could use the Meyle FCAB's since they only have a few miles on them? Or do you guys think they are already firmly cemented on to the old lower control arms and would get destroyed trying to get them off?

Any ideas on techniques to get them off without destroying them?

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Once FCABs are pressed on and any lubricant used to put them on dries, they are not possible to remove without destroying them. The inner sleeve will get ruined upon pulling it off. The only reusable ones are polyurethane since they slide on so easily.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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Check out the newest Rev2 UUC LCAB.

Not cheap, however, seem to be a good alternative to Powerflex.

There is a recent thread here on them.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #4
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Thats what I figured but you never know until you ask.

I don't want to use poly bushings. Stock is just fine for me. Thanks though.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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I successfully took newer FCABs off bad CAs.. best is to use a proper puller that will directly press on the center sleeve, if you don't have one just twist and pull.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:21 AM   #6
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Rubber bushings from Meyle HD I suppose. Do not re-use them. Just get new bushings and install them in the same carriers. No need to get new careers.
To remove the old bushings, you should use puller(rent from autozone) or just gorilla it out but You will need proper tools to press the new bushings in though.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:52 AM   #7
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I'd say just replace. Usually the bushing fails before the arm. If you are going to replace the arm might as well replace the bushing at the same time. All nice and new. do it once. do it right. don't have to do it again for some time.
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