DIY A-ARM BUSHINGS
Replacing the bushings is the part that really sucks. So far everything has been easy. Especially for those that have the engine out! I would recommend a beer before starting this as it can get a little stressfull!
The first thing to do is to remove the bushing mounts from the a-arms. This can be more challenging then it sounds. There is a bent washer and a nut on each end of the a-arm. If your extremly lucky, the bushings may slide off of the a-arm. If yours are like mine, the battle has just begun!
My first attempt was to use a pickle fork to force the mounts off. This worked for only 2 out of the 8!
My second attempt was to use a bearing puller. This worked pretty good except it pulled the mount off of the a-arm and left the bushing!
Once I got the mounts off, the rubber bushing was left behind. This is because the metal sleeve of the bushing rusts to the a-arm.
Now you have to get the sleeve off of the a-arm!
My first attempt was to try and chisel the sleeve off. This took a lot of hammering and took about 15 minutes.
My second try was to use a dremel and cut the sleeve in half. This worked pretty well, but be careful not to cut into the A-arm.
If you have a torch, it will get the sleeve off the easiest. I'm sure you could press the sleeve off, but I couldn't figure out how to do it!