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Old 08-08-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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Help.... Replacing upper control arm bushings

Hey guys, I'm about to put in some new upper bushings on the upper control arm (1991 yota pk) and I was curious do I need to clamp both upper and lower control arms or can I just unbolt the uppers and press them out and install new ones? This is my first time doin this so I'm Alil curious. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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dont know what you mean by clamp both upper and lower...

You have to remove the torsion bars then remove the upper control arms, unbolt the cross shaft and use a press on the bushings. A FSM would go a long way for help on this.

They aren't fun to do, and it's easy to destroy the control arm...i've done it
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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Ok that does sound good. The reason I said clamp is because a buddy said you have to pull em together. I guess he was thinking there was tension in that area that would force them apart. By any chance would you know any links that show a step by step photo how to?
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NOt true the only tention is from the tortion bar, adjust the tortion bars down and then unbolt the control armfrom frame and spindle, its easier to undo the 4 bolts holding the ball joint in place over trying to bash it out of the spindle. i also found it easier to use a drill and a wire wheel to get old bushings out, i say this because the bushing kit i got does not come with hardwear so i had to reuse the metal. the excess rubber thats stuck to the metal will come right off with a wire wheel and then press in the new bushing with a ball joint press, seemed to be the easiest way for me
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NOt true the only tention is from the tortion bar, adjust the tortion bars down and then unbolt the control armfrom frame and spindle, its easier to undo the 4 bolts holding the ball joint in place over trying to bash it out of the spindle. i also found it easier to use a drill and a wire wheel to get old bushings out, i say this because the bushing kit i got does not come with hardwear so i had to reuse the metal. the excess rubber thats stuck to the metal will come right off with a wire wheel and then press in the new bushing with a ball joint press, seemed to be the easiest way for me

Heat up with a torch the outside from one end, the bushing will push out. I'm sure theres youtube videos of this technique. Works better than making a huge mess tearing out rubber. Save the wire wheel for cleanup ; )
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...and I say that if you're replacing with poly bushings. IIRC oem bushings come bonded in the shell and are a press out and in
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Ya I didn't have a torch available, it only took 30 mins to get both out... And my bushing kit didn't come with hardware
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:28 AM   #9
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if you could post some photos up of your work,,so newbies like me can see ....lol
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:03 PM   #10
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So here is just the lower for now!
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I'm in advanced allingment at cuyamaca college so it's helped having an allingment rack!
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #12
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Good job and thanks for the pics.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:37 AM   #13
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Isn't that your Lower Control Arm?
Those are way easier to do than the uppers...
Glad it worked out for you
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:42 AM   #14
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Didn't I say here is the lower for now waiting for shocks and bj spacer before I tackle the upper... It was to give them an idea of how to drill it out...
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Here is the upper! However I did snap the adjuster bolt so now its back together getting new bolts tomorrow... Once you drill out the bigger bushing the smaller one will come out with some force and the mounting bracket comes out
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Any questions feel free to ask I'm sure this is the only photos of how the upper is done on the web
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you said how you free'd the upper bushings, but how did you get it all back together? with a hammer or a press? i need to do this on my truck, you make it look WAY easier than everyone else has made it out to be.
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Just a mallet didn't need a press and they were the original bushings, after drilling out the bigger bushing the smaller bushing just slipped out with a little force
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You can never use enough lube they slipped in with a couple swings of a mallet
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The whole process took about an hour just make sure you pre soak torsion bolts days in advance so you don't snap them that was the only problem I had
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