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Old 04-09-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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what to do with control arm bushings?

i'm going to install new powerflex fcab.i removed the old ones from the car and this is what i found.
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someone previous to me cut the tabs flush with the frame rail
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it was causing the carrier to float around on the bolts.i can't install new fcab until i fix this.does anyone have any suggestions on how to remedy this?
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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they are supposed to be exposed about 1/4"-3/8" past flush.they sit into a recessed bolt hole on the fcab carriers.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:04 PM   #3
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they look like they were pushed into the frame rail rather than being cut off
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:18 PM   #4
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i was tinking the same thing also.can i gain access to these under the passnger floor?
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:52 PM   #5
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you can pull them out by using washers on the bolts but it can also weaken the metal.
they are inside the rails so real access
the easiest would be welding a sleeve and then cutting it to required length
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:33 PM   #6
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just had a look.they were either cut off or sheared off.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #7
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i think welding a sleeve in might be my only option.i might also drill and tap the sleeve for a little more strength.once i clean up the mess ,there isn't much meat there to get a couple of tacks welded in there.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #8
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if there isn't a lot of material to weld to maybe you could get a bolt that is too long, thread it in, tighten the crap out of it, then cut the head off the bolt, weld your sleeve on to the exposed material of the old sleeve, then use a nut to hold your FCAB carrier on.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:34 PM   #9
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that sounds like a good plan hockeyfan.there isn't much material exposed to weld to.thanx.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:54 PM   #10
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Make sure you use the highest grade bolt you can find. Good luck!
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