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BuckWild09 03-09-2013 09:34 AM

Lower Strut Bushing cannot be replaced??
Im pulling out my old struts and putting in new Bilstien 5100's. I got eveything taken off BUT I could not get the lower strut bolt to slide out. I beat, pryed, sprayed.. everything i could. I didnt want to take a torch to it since it is partially rubber. So i just cut the lower brackets of the strut off. Went to every auto place and even called the dealer. Everyone is telling me i have to spend $450/side to buy new lower control arms that have the bushing!! this is a load of $hit if ive even seen any. Really a $10 bushing and theyre gonna try to screw me that hard. What the hell:po::po::po: Is there any aftermarket bushings anywhere? or am i really out $900 on a simple strut swap. somebody please help me before i loose my mind

BuckWild09 03-09-2013 09:43 AM

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heres a picture of the SOB

BuckWild09 03-09-2013 12:00 PM

found my own answer.

If you call the dealer they will tell you you have to buy new control arms. This is a LIE! you can get new bushings from NAPA that are exact fit. Call it control arm bushing.

NAPA part#: 267-3738

I bought new galvanized bolts from the dealer. They are $15 but im sure you could also find grade 8 bolts at Fastenal or somewhere.
Just some info that maybe will save somebody some money.

BuckWild09 03-09-2013 12:06 PM

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top one is old. (metal sleeve still in Lower Control Arm)


bottom is new. # 267-3738

gonefishin776 03-09-2013 01:39 PM

I had the same problem, wish I saw ur post earlier i could have told you YOU CAN buy the bushing separate. those bushings made my bilstein install a bitch. glad u got it straight. good job

Wis071500 09-29-2014 04:54 PM

How did you get old bushing/sleeve out
Just wondering how you got the old one out? The metal sleeve part that is and how easy is it to press/hammer the new one into the control arm?

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