[ba] replacing subframe bushings
thequattroking at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 19 11:32:04 EDT 2003
I have done that too. I call it the EPA approved
method of bushing removal!!
--- Arun Rao <rao at pixar.com> wrote:
> Here's another trick I used to get the old bushings
> *out* -- when you
> have the subframe out (and outside the garage, in a
> area, as they say!), point a propane torch at the
> bushing. Given that
> it's soaked in oil, it will actually catch fire and
> just drop out of
> the mounting hole. 15 minutes of work, and a lot
> easier than trying to
> hammer it out.
> (I did it on my '91 200Q, though -- I have no
> familiarity with the car
> in question).
> Also, a 12-ton hydraulic press is about $100 at
> Harbor Freight -- or
> you can have mine for $50!
> -Arun "Pyromaniac" Rao
> On Sunday, August 17, 2003, at 08:06 PM, quattro +
> 5 or 8 = fun wrote:
> > I have done that subframe several times. Very
> easy to remove. If you
> > decide to do it yourself, be sure to FREEZE the
> new bushings before you
> > press them in. They will go in much easier.
> Replace the hardware.
> > Tighten
> > everything when it is sitting on the ground. I
> don't remember what I
> > paid
> > for the bushings, but if memory serves me right,
> it was around $100
> > for the
> > set of bushings. My guess is that since the car
> is an 82, the
> > bushings are
> > more then ready for a change. You will be amazed
> how much better
> > everything
> > feels. One cause of the rattle could be worn out
> bushings. But,
> > usually
> > they make a popping sound. And yes, do the
> control arms too. If you
> > are so
> > inclined, Blau has Delrin for about 90$. I love
> them. Would never go
> > back
> > to rubber.
> > HTH,
> > Shane
> > Bay Area, CA
> > Audis, MBZs & a black sheep BMW.
> > BUY ME NOW:
> > PARTING: 1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5
> >> From: Wyatt's Dad's Audi
> <audion at serversmiths.com>
> >> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 13:15:29 -0700
> >> To: 'ba-audifans' <ba-group at audifans.com>
> >> Subject: Re: [ba] replacing subframe bushings
> >> On Sunday, August 17, 2003, at 12:44 PM, quattro
> + 5 or 8 = fun wrote:
> >>> What car
> >>> Shane
> >> what?? you guys aren't taking notes?? and
> remembering what car I
> >> have??
> >> ;-).
> >> Sorry, shoulda thought before I posted.
> >> Anyway, it's an 82 Coupe. I just had the
> steering replaced and
> >> Bilsteins installed so as far as I know
> everything *except* the
> >> bushings were done. There are new rubber boots on
> the A arm bolts for
> >> instance. The shop is encouraging me to do the
> bushings as they say
> >> they are shot but with the big improvement from
> the upgrades it's
> >> handling pretty good to me.
> >> They have "dropped down" (their term) the
> subframe once in looking for
> >> a rattle so I don't think anything is frozen up.
> >> Thanks for any tips.
> >> M./
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