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P38A Radius arm bolts

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  1. pete12345

    pete12345 Well-Known Member

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    hi got problem getting front bolt out of the radius arm what's happening is the sleeve inside the bush is going out with the bolt when I whack it and will bend the bracket I've got the axle and the body all supported on stands and a jack any advice much needed and appreciated I was thinking of burning the rubber out to see I've it took any pressure of the arm but bit of advice 1st me thinks
     
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    wammers STILL BREATHING. Donater

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    Reciprocating metal saw.
     
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    pete12345 Well-Known Member

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    Oh great one tool in the box I ain't got but thanks for help will try and find one
     
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    Rite checked out the saw wammers so I could just use a saw blade in there above and below the sleeve probley be a bitch of a job but can't source a saw for couple of days
     
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    You could try a hacksaw blade in one of the holders that hold it in one end or wrap a load of tape round one end to protect your hand.
    Set it up so the blade cuts on the pull stroke or you'll bend/snap a lot of blades.
    Don't force it back up for the next stroke or you'll bend/snap blades.
    The wider machine blades are better, but not likely to be in a hardware shop.

    Or keep heating & quenching the bolt end.
     
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    wammers STILL BREATHING. Donater

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    That would entertain him for quite a while, it takes long enough with a good reciprocater. :D
     
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    Ratae Well-Known Member

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    True. Had occasion to do various bolts that way myself!

    One of those tools I've always threatened to buy but never remember when Aldi/Lidl have them in :)
     
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    The offending bolt I've seen those saws in Aldi aswell and thought never need one of those
     

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    Bolt at left should be easy enough, cut as close to bush as possible. Other end cut through the bush and bolt dont get near the mounting lug.
     
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    Could an angle grinder be used with one of the very thin cutting discs?
     
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    I'm so glad I posted those pics I was thinking grinder that's my job for tomorrow thanks as always for advice
     
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    Now I know why I keep looking at the radius arm bush sets with the nuts and bolts included :D
     
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    I suppose it could with care.
     
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    If you have an air chisel, or SDS with hammer action... undo the nut from the axle bolt a few turns, to give you a cup/ recess on the end of the bolt - place the chisel/ bit inside that, and squirt - this will likely shock the bolt from the bush insert and drive it out ie without rotation... did on mine, and I was removing polys, where there's no adhesion between the bush and core by design, so turning the bolt is not an option. If you're removing polys they will likely melt at a sniff of a cutting tool and the bushes also bridge most of the gap between the RA and the Chassis bracket, but that's not an issue if they're the std ones. The added advantage for me is that the less time I have to spend lying on my back staring up at two tonnes of vehicle with missing front wheels the better, no matter how much I love my axle stands, 3.5T jack and wheels under the chassis rails, so going in from the side makes for a better experience :eek:)
     
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    I've used an air chisel a number of times now with pretty good success...

    This is also the precise reason I always tell people doing radius arm bushes to buy a new set of bolts aswell! Luckily I generally keep a few old ones (that did come out OK) about for the inevitable time when someone hasn't bought new ones and gotten to this point!
     
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    Poly bushes are crap. If you were removing poly bushes they will not have been in there long, if they were seized bad fitting methods used by the one who fitted them. Too many happy amateurs play with vehicles and do have a bloody clue what they are doing.
     
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    No these bushes are originals and was going with originals back on got a fella with a press down the rd who will put the new bushes in as wammers said us amateurs who haven't got a clue need a bit of advice it's better to ask someone that knows what there doing rather than balls it up and yer got it all up on axle stands and jacks could do without that lot on my head
     
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    Managed to cut the bolt with small disc cutter all cleaned up are these two plastic pieces supposed to come out
     

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    You sure they aren't metal? And yes, they come out.
    :)
     
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    You have made a good job of cleaning those up
     
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