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Leaf Spring Bushing Press

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by itr1275, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Sep 16, 2020 at 12:47 PM
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    itr1275

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    I know it's probably been done a few times but here is my $10 leaf spring bushing press.

    $4.98 -https://www.lowes.com/pd/Mueller-Proline-1-1-2-in-dia-Galvanized-Nipple-Fittings/4330220
    $0.98 - https://www.lowes.com/pd/Simpson-St...Bearing-Plate-with-1-2-in-Bolt-Dia/1002681728
    $0.36 (4x) - https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-1-...d-Galvanized-Standard-SAE-Flat-Washer/3036837
    $1.71 - https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-1-2-in-x-7-in-Zinc-Plated-Coarse-Thread-Hex-Bolt/3824797
    $0.21 - https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-1-2-in-x-13-Zinc-Plated-Steel-Hex-Nut/3058553
    $0.50 - https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-3-4-in-x-10-Zinc-Plated-Steel-Hex-Nut/3120625

    Use an impact wrench to tighten the screw/nut and press the bushing in or out.You will need a 1/2 drive socket to use a spacer when the nuts gets good and burried.

    1-1/2"x3" Galvanized pipe nipple.IMG_3613 (2).jpg IMG_3612 (2).jpg

    7"x1/2" bolt
    IMG_3609 (2).jpg

    Some misc HW
    • 2-1/2" Square Strong Tie plate
    • 4x 1/2 Washers (helps things move a little better)
    • 1/2" Nut
    • 3/4" Nut - used as spacer - You will need this when the 1/2" nut is buried in the nipple

    IMG_3610 (2).jpg

    The assembly
    IMG_3616 (2).jpg
     
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  2. Sep 16, 2020 at 2:16 PM
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    Wyoming09

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    Interesting I guess that would work in that part of the world .

    I made something along those lines 20 years ago or so.

    Once it got tight the threads just stripped

    Tried again with Grade 8 bolts and nuts the only difference was it got tighter before it failed
     
  3. Sep 16, 2020 at 3:28 PM
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    itr1275

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    Hmm, maybe that bushing was horribly rusted in there? I've pulled the original bushings and the new bushings (on the new leafs) with this and it was fine, but maybe not as useful where they salt the roads.
     
  4. Sep 16, 2020 at 3:29 PM
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    DrFunker

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    kinda how I do the lower control arm bushings too. :thumbsup:
    Works pretty good. Keep those threads lubed. :jerkoff:
     
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