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LCA Bushings: OEM, Energy Suspension, Whiteline

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by alphabravo, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Apr 18, 2019 at 12:40 PM
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    this has not been my experience. Mine have not moved at all and there has been plenty of off road abuse.
     
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  2. Apr 18, 2019 at 2:38 PM
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    Good to know. I have a set of SPC UCA’s I need to put in and some LBJ’s too. I figured while I was in there I’d change the LCA bushings. I’ve been flip flopping between Whitelines and ES. So you are a happy with the Whitelines?
     
  3. Apr 18, 2019 at 2:43 PM
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    Yes, very happy. The only hassle in the install was my alignment cam bolts were all frozen. This meant we had to cut them off and replace with new.
     
  4. Apr 18, 2019 at 2:54 PM
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    You're pushing me more in the Whiteline direction....I've read on here about the frozen cam bolts. Sounds lie a pain! I had an alignment done after I installed my OME lift about 10k ago. So I'm pretty sure they're not frozen in there.

    Since you're here and been through this: What method did you use to get the oem bushings out? Whitelines in?

    edit: I'm thinking I'll use a bottle jack to get the old ones out and then vice to push the new ones in.
     
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  5. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:32 PM
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    Get the whiteline bushings! I love mine as well and haven’t had any alignment issues and I also drive a lot off road.
     
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  6. Apr 18, 2019 at 9:31 PM
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    We used the bottle jack method along with a heat gun and a ratchet strap to prevent the arms from spreading.

    Best wishes on your cam bolts. I had assumed mine were in good shape too since getting an alignment was not an issue. But that was not the case. Then a scramble ensued, trying to round up the necessary parts and pieces on a weekend.
     
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  7. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:33 AM
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    Just ordered the Whitelines! Going to install in a few weeks.


    I’m praying they aren’t seized.
     
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  8. Apr 21, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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    After procrastinating this job all winter I finally caved and ordered the whiteline kit.

    Have people had luck using a ball joint press to remove the old bushings? The factory bottle jack?
     
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  9. Apr 21, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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    My factory bottle jack was trash. I just bought a new cheap one. A few came out easy and some needed air chisel persuasion. I recommend using a torch instead of air chisel but I didn't have one.
     
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  10. Apr 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM
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    ...blank canvas...
    Used the bottle jack method, not the factory one but I’m sure it would work fine.

    Once I got some tension on the bushing, I began to heat it up with a little propane torch (plumbing type) and the bushing started to creep on out. A couple popped/flew out, the others came out less dramatically.

    Used a vise to press in the Whiteline bushings. I highly recommend the videos by @Timmah! for entertainment and information.
     
  11. Apr 21, 2019 at 8:55 PM
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    Yeah I feel I put WAY too much pressure using the bottle jack. A little heat would have been kinder to my LCAs
     
  12. Apr 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM
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    ...blank canvas...
    When you say "heat gun" like one of those electric blow dryer deals? How long did it take for the bushing to start moving. I guess heat is heat... doesn't matter much where it comes from.

    I saw that @Digiratus posted about using a "heat gun" in the thread, maybe he can confirm what type of heat gun he used. I would totally try a heat gun next time I have to remove some bushings.
     
  13. Apr 21, 2019 at 10:46 PM
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    Think industrial version of a blow dryer your hair stylist might use. Something like this.

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    You apply tension to the bushing with the jack then start applying heat. It took a few minutes for the heat to work but eventually it did. The bushing started to move slowly, it was not an explosive release.
     
  14. Apr 25, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    So I’ve done searches with no success . But has anyone purchased oem bushing for the steering rack. I was able find one of the three on camelback Toyota. That one was the u shaped bushing on the clamp. I know energy suspension makes a kit I typically prefer oem
     
  15. May 11, 2019 at 12:48 PM
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    Got the Whitelines installed last weekend.

    Bottle jack and Mapp gas torch to get the old ones out.

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    Wire wheel to clean.

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    Pressed in the Whitelines with a balljoint press.

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    The cam bolts weren’t seized. Everything went really smooth. Not a squeak as of yet. My steering is much tighter, but...

    I also installed SPC UCAs and replaced inner/ outer tie rods, LBJs, steering rack bushings, sway bar endlinks and sway bar bushings.


    Thanks everyone for all the great info! Without this site I would never have got this stuff done.
     
  16. May 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM
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    Very well done. Glad the heat was a good touch. Wish I had heat when I did mine.
     
  17. May 12, 2019 at 6:31 AM
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    Thanks! The heat helped em’ pop right out. One bushing shot into my driveway. The others were less dramatic.
     
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  18. May 12, 2019 at 7:22 AM
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    Looks great man! I love when a plan is we thought out and the execution of plan goes flawlessly :cool: Nice work
     
  19. May 13, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    Thanks! :cool:
     
  20. May 14, 2019 at 3:17 PM
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    Damn, just now noticed this thread after ordering some Energy Suspension bushings. Can't wait to get rid of the squeaks after doing a long-ass road trip with them
     
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