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Old 08-06-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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Subframe bushing removal

I have some pfadt solid subframe bushings and the instructions say to take a sawzall and cut through the stock bushings. The aluminum center cuts easy but going through the rubber SUCKKSSS! It wraps around the blade and acts like brakes.

So my dad comes up with idea of taking a spade bit and drilling into the side and down. Soo much easier! Just wanted to share an idea from a wise man.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:01 AM   #2
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Thank you I should be installing mine this weekend
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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We still had to sawzall the center aluminum piece and went about half way into the rubber. We didn't try and fight it if it was grabbing though. Just push the spade to the outer edge so it's just tapping the metal casing. There's no chance of cutting the subframe when doing it this way also.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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I just put a socket on the alignment post and used a propane torch and heated up the metal around the bushings to melt the glue holding them in. then jacked up the cradle into the socket and let the weight of the car press them out took about 3 mins each bushing.
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goes through rubber like butter with cutting fluid or wd-40, which you should have been using anyway.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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I just put a socket on the alignment post and used a propane torch and heated up the metal around the bushings to melt the glue holding them in. then jacked up the cradle into the socket and let the weight of the car press them out took about 3 mins each bushing.
Did the same thing on my SS. Works great, especially when you don't have a sawzall.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #8
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The sawzall/reciprocating saw method is what most of our customers do because it is generally pretty quick and easy to do. I have had some customers use a torch to heat them up to help get them out but a lot of guys are hesitant to go this route. Either way works so just go with whatever option you are the most comfortable with.
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I highly advise against the sawzall, one slip and you are cutting in to your subframe.

Use the propane torch, place a socket between the bush and body, and jack up the subframe as you heat the bushing, once the fiberglass reaches a high enough temp it will melt and drop a bit of goo, and poof, the bushing will slide right out.
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