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Old 04-13-2019, 01:16 PM   #1
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320cd FCAB removing rubber from frame?!

Hi there,

Planning on doing FCA and FCAB swap to Lemforder and powerflex ones respectively.

Has anyone got some tried and tested tips on removing the rubber bushing from inside of the frame? I need to use it for insertion of the new bushing. I don't have a torch, so heating it isn't an option.

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Old 04-13-2019, 01:58 PM   #2
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Take them to a shop that has a press.
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Old 04-13-2019, 04:24 PM   #3
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The rubber bushing has a steel sleeve that needs to be pressed out with a shop press. I use a 12 ton press and the round plates & cups from a front wheel bearing press kit and they come out easily in something like 10 seconds.

If you did remove the rubber (fire or drilling) somehow then you might be able to use a hack saw to carefully cut through / weaken the metal sleeve in order to collapse it with a punch or vise and then hammer it out once it breaks it's tension fit with the bracket. Theoretically that might work but don't know how practical it would be and it would take a long time.

A shop with a press is the safest and quickest way.
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Yup, if you tear or cut out the rubber, (don't burn it, you may not do the aluminum any favors)
a hacksaw will cut the band inside. I did it for the xi fronts- they were pretty rusted in there.
Then it just punches out easily.

For the aluminum version on the ci, I replaced the whole lollipop. I wasn't too excited about trying
to reuse the old one. Just 'cause...

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