Well I finally got a chance to install new bushings on my trackbar. And let me first start out by saying, If you pull your trackbar, and see that the current metal sheath is rusted so it appears that its actually connected, and you don't have a press!? SAVE YOURSELF THE TIME, BEER AND ENERGY, by going to napa or wherever and have them push out the old bushings, and install new ones! Now that, that is out of the way. I would have more pics but I didn't even think at first about the camera
. But taking the trackbar out couldn't even be more simplified in 1 of those For Dummies books. And if it does confuse you, have someone who knows more help or have it done at a good shop.
First the tools (if yours, like mine was rusted all the way through. Damn road salt
found this worked particularly well as it fits perfect
And a nice refreshing beverage, of your choice
Comparison. Old and New
This is what i had to work with since after removal i pulled the rubber out with my fingers
Now I know its not pretty or probably even the correct way, but I am very stubborn, and pissed after smashing my thumb several times with that 3lb sledge
Now for a nice cool beverage as the barn was hot
Yes it was overkill but i couldn't find my bottle opener since....well I had a lot more than the pictures show(Beer, Liquor, and more Beer)
After a little persuasion, I finally got my pipe all the way in.
After a little cleaning up the edges, it didn't look as bad
After that I tried to get the new bushing in, but it wouldn't budge. So i did go to napa the next morning. It took 20 min 1 for the time spent there. The rest driving.
And the finished product
And what a difference it made in driving, still have to do a little tweaking but I was surprised at how much play it actually took out of the steering wheel. Went from about 4" of play to 1/2" of play. Just thought i would share. And i hope this helps buy showing you guys how much new bushings can help.