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DIY LCA Bushing Removal and Replacement 2005+ Tacoma (4x4) The Easy Way!

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  1. Jun 20, 2016 at 10:43 AM
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    I pressed four (4) Lower Control Arm Bushings in 40 minutes.

    If you plan to keep your Tacoma for a while, you will ultimately face the question about what to do with LCA maintenance.

    I have never installed or removed rubber suspension bushings before, until this weekend. I pressed four LCA bushings using a bottle jack, and propane torch. Using this method is about the closest thing to magic there is. Other methods involve burning them out, pressing them out, cutting them out, all of which are in the realm of "very-difficult-pain-in-the-ass task"

    The Tools.
    IMG_20160617_114502_72573a0ccdfb8d2b465a1412e62013a48179ac1d.jpg

    The setup. I need to explain this a little bit.

    The bottle jack is placed between the arms and mild / medium pressure is exerted on the rubber bushing. The bushing is a soft rubber and it will "give" and stretch in the opposite direction of the bottle jack. I laughed and had fun doing this. I applied jack pressure until the silver end of the bushing was about 1/4" from the LCA. I wasn't scientific about it, and most of it was just intuition and feel.

    I then heated the LCA "eye" with propane torch, moving the flame around and heating as evenly as possible.

    The bushing begins to smolder right before it releases from the LCA.

    When it releases the pressure, it can make a thud noise. Only one of my four bushings did this, the others were more quiet.

    It took about 2.5 minutes of heat in my case to release each bushing.

    IMG_20160617_111838_493338f95f19f1d03d9b29d5d05adc580450d361.jpg

    Bushing has been released.
    IMG_20160617_130927_c8b959d7f3cf75ea4d0a26d18ef4c94d9e3c68eb.jpg

    Good bye.
    IMG_20160617_132515_e2c421c72d4bff45c5d67ef862f4c52f021cc676.jpg

    All clear, ready for new bushings.
    IMG_20160617_132547_b78c9f5572f4a244d2df9af603b3d114e744cd50.jpg

    Not my video. It's a great example of how to do this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ5BMfkuHlM

    Use common sense and safety precautions. Wear eye pro., heavy gloves, have fire extinguisher ready, clear area of combustibles, etc. Have a phone ready to dial 9-1-1. :p :D

    EDIT:

    I am super excited to report that Whiteline W53312 Front Control Arm Bushings fit in the Tacoma LCA!!!

    I had these pressed in about two weeks ago.

    I'm so stoked!

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    IMG_20160713_171732_82f3b60f8666ed4498cc77aa4e58211c5cc24b1f.jpg

    I also had a welder weld shut all the drain holes, and weld shut the gaps where the arm connects to the bushing eye.

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  2. Jun 20, 2016 at 10:53 AM
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    Nice write up. Thanks for the well done pics.
    I know living in Arizona rubber only lives so long.

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  3. Jun 20, 2016 at 10:58 AM
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    how many miles were on these before you deemed it necessary to change them?
     
  4. Jun 20, 2016 at 11:01 AM
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    Always more than one way to skin a cat right?! Good job Mr. Crom.
     
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  5. Jun 20, 2016 at 11:01 AM
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    This guy is da man? What did you replace them with Mr. Crom??? OEM or aftermarket???
     
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    Awesome write up! And what was used to press the new ones in?
     
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    I was thinking a vise but :notsure:
     
  9. Jun 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM
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    That would get you 90% of the way I agree. This is the last little bit in question.

     
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    Busted CV boots and lots of squeaks.
    I need to do this as well. Also interested in what parts you put back into them.
     
  11. Jun 20, 2016 at 11:13 AM
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    Busted CV boots and lots of squeaks.
    Maybe a big ass socket for the bushing to fall into :notsure:
     
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    A ball joint / u-joint press may do the trick, assuming the correct adapter is present.
     
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    @Crom we need more info please :popcorn:
     
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    I have not yet pressed new bushings into the arms yet.

    The only options that have good reports are:

    • Toyota OEM, rubber bushing,
    • Energy Suspension, poly, makes you use metal parts from old factory rubber bushing (pain-in-the azz)
    • Mevotech Supreme, poly bushing
    All that said, I have in my possession a set of Whiteline W53312. However I have determined the whiteline are just a tad too large for the Tacoma LCA. But all is not lost, I know of three successful persons who have done them. I'm working with one of them and attempting to obtain details.

    Hope to have something to share soon.
     
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    for anyone who welds, after pushing the bushings out, is a great time to fix any cracks where the eye is welded to the arm, or even wrap the entire eye, without melting the new bushings going in.
     
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    Yes! I'm going to have all the drain holes in the LCA welded shut too. :thumbsup:

    EDIT: I altered the thread title to show, this is just for bushing removal, not replacement. Maybe I'll update when I press new ones in.
     
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    yep, plug weld the little bastard, and then buff it smooth on the inside with a flap wheel on a die grinder.
     
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    Which bolt sleeves did you use in the next reinstall step? Or do the toyota cams slide into those?

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