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Replace those squeeky UCAB's

Having just replaced my upper control arm and rear swing arm bushings,after the machine shop ruined my front bushings,not to worry just more money for replacment.I used my trusty 5 1/2" Sears vice,start with a lot of soapy water and slowly compress the rubber bushing into the to small hole of the control arm you will have to move the control arm a little this way and that way to get the bushing to start into the arm. it might take several attempts to turn the vice tight and get the bushing started, this is tricky! However after you get the bushing in as far as it will go drag out your big sockets, I used I believe a 46mm 3/4 drive,this is big enough to let the bushing go into the socket yet rest on the control arm, I used a smaller socket on the other end of the bushing to push the bushing in far enough to center it in the control arm mmount. using the sockets and the vice lets you apply force very slowley and with control. I replaced all the rubber bushings on my Westy with this method. the Machine shope cost me by tearing up my first set of bushings as they used the fast hyd. pedal operated press, the vice trip will work by yourself, although one person to be the vice operator and one person to be the control arm bushing operator would be nice! Just pay to have the lower ball joints pressed at the machine shop.
stephan
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Hi Kurt,If or when you raise your van you will find your standard ckhsos will reach full stretch before the van has stopped moving upwards, this is called topping out. The shock extensions make your shock mount higher so it will be able to travel further than it did before. You can buy ckhsos with a longer reach but they can be quite expensive, the Futbus product is an affordable option allowing you to keep that standard VW shock going abit longer. Not really necessary unless you have fitted spacers over 25mm I would say.
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