Re: [DML] To replace or not to replace...
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Re: [DML] To replace or not to replace...

On 6/4/06, Matt Spittle <matthew.spittle@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm putting my car back together from the frame up, and today I
> removed my old ball joints from the control arms.  Should I replace my
> upper/lower control arm bushings?  They look fine to me, no large
> cracks in them, anyway.  Can they be pressed out without destroying
> them?  I'd like to powdercoat the control arms, but I'd definitely
> have to press out the bushings before doing that.  Additionally,
> should I replace my wheel bearings?  They aren't making any noise.
> Just wondering what's really necessary here and what would be
> excessive (e.g., I'm not replacing my rotors or brake pads because I
> consider those to be frequently replaced items anyway).
> thanks,
> Matt
> #1604

Well it could be argued either way really. I guess it really comes down to
budget. If you can afford to replace them, go ahead. But as long as they
aren't cracked and are still in good condition, there isn't any real reason
to replace them as long as you can get them pressed out and back in again
without destroying them.  I know in my own rebuild I plan to just replace
the ones that need it. On mine it's the two bushings in each upper control
arm on both sides of the front suspension. all four of these are cracking
for some reason, while all the other bushings all the way around look ok.

VIN #3209

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