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ripvwsss Dennis B
Forest, VA, USA   USA
I removed the 40+ year old trailing arm bushings today. I read several posts about how others have done it. This is what worked for me. I used a small hack saw to remove the lip on the bushing on one side. Then I used a 6 inch C-clamp and a 1 1/2 inch socket to push the bushings out. All four done in about 45 minutes.

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Fogspawn, CA, USA   USA
1974 Triumph TR6 "Machine"
I like this, my day for this project approaching.

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McGuire Silver Member Matthew McGuire
Arlington, VA, USA   USA
Thanks for posting this, very helpful.
Did you upgrade to poly or stick with stock rubber?
Any problems refitting the news ones?



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badgertr6 mike c
manitowoc, WI, USA   USA
I did this a couple years ago using a similar setup and also found that applying heat to the trailing arm seemed to soften the old bushing and make it easier to remove

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esmith Ed Smith
Knoxville, Tenn, USA   USA
Thax, this job is on the books for Monday along with completely going through the rear end , bearings, seals, gaskets and half shafts.

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Fogspawn, CA, USA   USA
1974 Triumph TR6 "Machine"
Ed, you might want want to start this job today. it will get done sooner.

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Uberxy Steve Fox
Va, Charlottesville, USA   USA
For removing the TA bushings I used a two arm gear puller. Did not have to apply heat or cut the ends off. Replaced with split poly bushings and RG brackets.



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ripvwsss Dennis B
Forest, VA, USA   USA
Matthew,

I am going to install the split urethane ones from TRF. Seems to be a much easier install and I have seen pretty good reviews on them. I am cleaning and repainting the trailing arms now. I will post later about my experience with the new bushings.

Dennis B

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BEB73 Brent B
Punta Gorda, FL, USA   USA
An FYI: I used the red split poly's in the trailing arms for several years. Pulled the trailing arms off for some reason and found the holes were very oval - probably because the metal bush is not bonded to the polyurethane. The hole returned to "round" after a day or so and I didn't recall any bad rear end action, but I still went with nylatron afterwards because an oval can't be good. If the quality (longevity) of the original style bushing was better I'd recommend them over poly as well.

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tomshobby Tom Smith
Windsor, WI, USA   USA
I now have this press mounted on my work bench. It took only a few minutes to remove and replace the bushings in my T/A's.



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Mount Dora, FL, USA   USA
I nearly went insane installing a fresh new set of stranded rubber bushes, both of them got stuck in the last 1/4 inch, wouldn't budge, ended up to malled to continue, replaced both with a new set that had aged on the shelf and had little problem, I recommend you polish the hole the bushing go in till its super clean to keep down the multiplying friction as the bushing gets deeper through the hole.

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chris Platinum Member Chris Roop
Pendleton, OR, USA   USA
And of course, Astrolube helps in all rubber applications.



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Tz250 Mark Luichinger
Clarkston, MI, USA   USA
Tom. Dake arbor press. Very nice. Your great grandkids will being using it

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tomshobby Tom Smith
Windsor, WI, USA   USA
In reply to # 1602697 by Tz250 Tom. Dake arbor press. Very nice. Your great grandkids will being using it

Mark, I have to admit I pulled the press out of the trash where I worked. The platen was missing so I found a piece of pre-hardened chrome-molly and cut it on a cnc mill. Then made the lever mechanism out of stainless and the ratchet parts out of tool steel on a wire edm then added the hand crank wheel. It has served me well for many years.



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1976 TR6
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Tz250 Mark Luichinger
Clarkston, MI, USA   USA
Tom. That’s a great story. Love to see stuff like your press saved from the scrapper. Did wonder why to looked so good. Nice job!

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