Home made tool to remove front sway bar bushings

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  1. Sahara

    Sahara FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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    See photos in a later post.
    I'm redoing a '70 Coronet.
    Other guys may have a better way of doing this, but here's how I did it fast and easy. And it doesn't wreck the rubber. And you don't have to buy a tool that you'll never use again.
    I got two hardwood pieces from an old floor, 5 inches square, inch and a half thick each. Drill two 3/8ths holes through each, one on each side. Drill a one inch hole in the centre of just one of the blocks, then saw it in half down the middle. I used two 6 inch pieces of 3/8ths reddi-rod and nuts to join them together at the 3/8ths holes. With the sway bar in the one inch hole, and plenty of dish soap lube on the bushing, tighten the nuts on the reddi-rod to draw the two blocks together, pulling the bushing off. I made the blocks in less then half an hour, pulled both bushings off in less then 15 minutes.
    If you clamp the one inch hole board tightly onto your swaybar you could use this tool to pull the bushings back onto your swaybar.
     
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      Why not post the pictures here so the whole forum can see them . . . we enjoy new, creative ideas for our cars . . .
       
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      • Sahara

        Sahara FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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        I wasn't sure if this site would allow me to load photos directly or if I had to go through a third party hosting site. If I can load them directly I'll do it after work. If I have to go through a third party hosting site it was nice knowing you.
         
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        Load them up directly . . . no 3rd party needed
         
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        • Sahara

          Sahara FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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          Awesome. I'll do it tonight after work. I've had problems with third party hosting sites and now avoid them like the plague. One went out of business and offered to sell me my pictures back for $35.00, the other is current and spammed me relentlessly with "deals" and promotions.
           
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          You can copy and paste the pictures, a video would be cool. Those third party hosting sites are a waste of time.
           
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          Here's the photo of the blocks and a picture of them pressing the rubber bushing off. Then you can tighten the bolts that are on the block on the swaybar and reverse the process to press a bushing back on. I used lots of Ivory dish soap as a lube and it all worked super easy.

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            moparchris Well-Known Member

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            Good thinking. Looks like a wining combination!
             
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            Thanks! Living this far north a person has to be creative. While it may be possible to buy a tool to do this, it involves a wait of at least two weeks and can cost over $50 just for the postage.
             
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