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Old 12-20-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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Anyone know of reasonabily priced shops that can press in/out bushings?

Have my rear subframe out and completely disassembled, I only need a shop to press in and out the subframe bushings and trailing arm bushings.

Anyone know of any shops that will do it for a reasonable price?
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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Was going to tell you to ask that guy in burlington offering he's garage for free, but then realized that was you, haha.

While i'm sure any shop with a press should be able to do it, I don't know any in your area. Another option, given that you are such a DIY'er is buying a cheap press.

For about $200 you can get something like this, maybe even cheaper if you look for something used. You'll need to find a few metal pieces here and there to fit the part to push them out. If you have a ball joint kit, they usually come with a few.
http://www.princessauto.com/pal/prod...Ton-Shop-Press
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:27 PM   #3
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I really don't need a press. To push them in an industrial vise is sufficent, which I already have. I called RMP and even they burn them out. I just wanted to avoid being "that guy" burning out bushings on the street. But at $250 for RMP to do it I think ill just be doing it myself.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:02 PM   #4
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Burning them out is a messy process. Its a pain in the a$$ to clean out the melted rubber from the holes for the bushings in the control arms. The sub frame bushings have a steel sleeve that you'll need to cut out once your done burning the rubber. I had mine pressed out and new bushings pressed in at Lock St. Auto in Hamilton but his price was far from reasonable.

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Old 12-22-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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also, if you have a cheap ball joint press from princess auto, it can also be used for doing just what you are thinking!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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You can try Howard at his machine shop called New Dimension (ND). 101 Meyerside Dr, U#5 in Mississauga at 905-867-4234

I had him do some machining for me and asked him about pressing in ball joints and the quote was pretty cheap (sorry, don't remember the exact $ value). He said he would be able to handle pretty much anything after being in the auto machining business for close to half a century.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:09 AM   #7
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Burned out the subframe bushings out today.



Was still a pain to get out, sawzalling wasnt that effective (I choose not go over do it since I do not want to saw into the subframe tube).

I used my industrial vise to keep crimping the exposed end while heating the outside with a mapp torch. After a while of messing with it, it came out. The other side I decided to try something new. I took a 1 1/2 inch metal electrical pipe coupler from lowes, that fit PERFECTLY.

In the vise, on one end I used the 1 1/2 pipe, on the other I used two sockets on the tips of the subframe, which worked well. Heating the outside of the bushing tube with a mapp torch helps.



The whole process would have been easier with a helper. The marjority of my time was spent wrangling the subframe on the vise.



For the trailing arms I got a 7/16 threaded rod from lowes, five 7/16 nuts and an assortment of washers:

Excuse the blurry shot:

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Old 12-23-2012, 01:22 AM   #8
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For about $200 you can get something like this, maybe even cheaper if you look for something used. You'll need to find a few metal pieces here and there to fit the part to push them out. If you have a ball joint kit, they usually come with a few.
http://www.princessauto.com/pal/prod...Ton-Shop-Press
That press goes on sale once in a while for around 80 bucks...
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