Beam Bushings

Cameron

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What's the best way to remove the original bushings from the front beam to put in the delrin bushings?
I tried a slide hamer with a hook but can't get the inner bushings out. The outers came out without a problem. Any suggestions would be great.

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AllwaysRcn

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Sometimes taking the leafs out and sticking a long piece of small round stock or ? and tapping it out from the other side works.
 

Protech975

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The original inner bushings are made of Micarta " a hard resin material" and thay can actually be split in half and then simply pulled out. Take a very long handled screwdriver or other chisel like tool and put the blade up against the bushing and give it a good wack! it should split or crack enough to then just reach in and drag it out! Sounds primitive but it works!
A Pro VW tool uses a slide hammer with a flattened washer type tool that can be layed flat to slip through the bushing then straightened up against the bushing and pounded out! Rob S.
 

TimHayosh

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The tool Rob mentions sounds best. I have used a single leaf and/or a piece of all-thread rod and tapped from the opposite side. Sometimes heating the beam helps too. I have heard of others who simply bash it in farther. Additionally, I remember having to "notch" the new bushings to clear three rises inside the beam. The new bushing will almost fit if you don't notch. It's a perfect fit if you do.

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Cameron

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Thanks for the info. I'll see if I can break the bushings or tap them out from the other end.

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Cameron

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Breaking the bushings with a screwdriver did the trick!
Thanx again for the info.

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Re: Beam Bushings - 2 year old post forward!

Dave - Same subject but two years old! Give these suggestions a try! Rob S.
 

class7s

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I got the outer bushing out with no problem, it is the bearing that is killing me
 

Protech975

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Dave, Try taking a piece of pipe or steel rod, largest you can slip through the center section and use it to drive the bearing out from the opposite side. Try a bit of heat if it is stubborn. It should come out if they are not rusted to the beam. Rob S.
 

Cameron

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I ended up making a tool to use with a slide hamer. I used a piece of heavy angle iron that would fit inside the bushing, rounding one side to match the inside of the beam. I then welded a bolt to the other side to thread it on to the slide hamer. It still took a bit of work but I got the bushings out.
 

class7s

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Thanks Cameron, I will try that too, I have a slide hammer with a square hook attachment, I wil just grind that down to fit the beam.
 
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