[xj-s] Radius Arm bushing blues

So I am getting all set to put my rear subframe with a 3.31 in, and
I am getting really anxious. I discover that the radius arm
bushing aren’t so easy to do. I have these pricey orangish ones to
put in from SNG Barratt. In fact, I can’t get the old ones out at
all.

The ROM says a mandrel and a press.

I can tell you based on personal experience that no amount of
holding it down with one foot and cussing while swinging a hammer
at it will work. Any other suggestions, or am I off to find a shop
to swap the bushings for me? I guess I probably should take them
in, I would hate to mess up the new ones.–
73XJ12HE 87XJ-SC
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Robert, peice of cake, if you have a Sawsall (and a good “justification” to
buy one if you don’t have one) with a bi-metal blade. Make a hole in the
rubber part with a cold chisel; cut out the center of the old bushing close
to the metal outer ring with the Sawsall; make four cuts at 12; 3; 6; and 9
o’colck, about 3/4 to 7/8 of the way through the metal outer ring; and drive
the metal ring out with the cold chisel. A more time consuming and
strenuous way would be to use a hacksaw to accomplish the cuts. Installing
them is easy after clean up and painting and then lubricating the outer
bushing surface with anti-seize, using a vise, and a piece of wood stock
with a hole a little larger than the center metal bushing cut into it, as a
press.

Jim Johnson - NCJOC
'88 XJ-S, V12, Lucas (CEI), TH400 (w/B&M), Dana 2.87
Annapolis, Maryland

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In reply to a message from Jim Johnson sent Tue 20 Jan 2004:

Why yes I happen to have a Sawsall, I have cut a lot of cast iron
plumbing, plaster, trees, and studs with it, but I have never
before considered using it on my car… I wouldn’t describe it as a
percision instrument.

I guess the key is not to cut too far?

I will have a go at it tonight.–
The original message included these comments:

Robert, peice of cake, if you have a Sawsall (and a good ‘‘justification’’ to


73XJ12HE 87XJ-SC
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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In reply to a message from Robert Warnicke sent Tue 20 Jan 2004:

The power saw approach will work. Also heat from a welding rig
around the outside will help release it. Dousing the bushing joint
with a good ‘‘liquid wrench’’ type product goes a long way to help
seperate.–
Jack8EL
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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In reply to a message from Jack8EL sent Wed 21 Jan 2004:

Don’t worry, I wasn’t too keen on the sawsall. I have had some bad
experiences with it.

I dropped the radius arms and new bushings off at a Jaguar shop, I
am hoping they will do it for me and charge me for the time.–
73XJ12HE 87XJ-SC
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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