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It looks like I lost one of those orange bushings on my Scrambler 4x4 yesterday while on a ride. How hard a job is this?? Do you need to dissamble the shock/strut assembly?? Do you need any special tools?? Thanks. Scott
It is very easy. Undo the bolts that hold the a-arm to the frame, then pull the a-arm away from the frame. Slide the old bushings off, slide the new bushings on. Line the a-arm back up and reinstall the bolts.
There is no need to mess with the strut at all. The whole thing should take you about 5 minutes.
Lurch77 is right on the most part. Be careful not to pull the control arm out to far as you can pull the axle out of the cv joint. Trying to get the axle back in can be a real pain in the a$$. Most likely you shattered the brass looking bushing, which goes in between the control arm, and the vinyl bushing (Orange). The stock ones always shatter. HPD makes more durable bronze bushings. Take note of the way the old bushings are setup as you take them apart. One side of the inner "brass" bushing is beveled. Make sure this bevel is on the correct side when you put it back together. From what I remember the beveled side faces away from the control arm. Also, you probably bent the shaft inside the control arm. Just take it out and bend it back with a hammer. Use a piece of wood in between the shaft and the hammer. Roll it on a straight surface to check the straightness. After you do this a couple of times you will need to replace the shaft, which is about $10.00.
Good catch, I didn't realize he had a 4x4. I was going on the 2x4 method. Do be careful of that drive shaft, it is a pain to get back in if it comes out. And I agree with 2000Scramblerman, the HPD bushings are much better. If you can afford the wait to have them shipped, I would go with them.