DIY A-ARM BUSHINGS
Now it's time to press the new bushings into the mounts. This can either be easy or extremely frustrating. For Royce and I, it was a combination of both. We hope our tip will save you some trouble!
The bushing is shaped in a way that makes it difficult to press into the mount straight. The mount is tapered so this doesn't help matters either!
The one thing you must do is to lube the mount and bushing. The recommended solution is to use soap and water. We didn't read the Bentley before hand, so we used grease.I guess grease is bad as it can break down the rubber prematurely!
After an hour of watching the bushing go in crooked, we got some advice from my dad to make a special tool. The idea is similar to the tool engine builders use to push pistons into the block.
We took a tin can and used a dremel to cut a piece of metal.
We then used a hose clamp and tightened the tincan around the bushing. You then place the tincan on the mount. Finally, we used a 3/8" extension and placed it inside the bushing and then pressed on the extension.
The other hint is to use a washer that covers more surface area of the bushing. If you just press on the sleeve there is a chance of ripping the bushing.
With the combination of the soapy water, special tool, and washer, pressing the bushing into the mount is not to bad.