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Hi all, I replaced my noisy front drop links on my 2005 2.5 SE outback yesterday (75,000 miles). Certainly made a big difference, but also noticed the right hand lower wishbone bushing was cracked / not looking very good. Also the left hand side was looking a bit worse for wear... But not cracked.

I've never actually done bushings before and would like to give this ago myself for a change. What tools do I need? And advice on steps? I was thinking of just removing the lower wishbone completely, buying the bushes before hand and asking my local garage to press them in and out... Or is buying a bushing press straight forward and easy enough job to do?

I'm likely to want to do the rears soon and thinking of buying a second same age outback to run so... Buying the right tools will save me in the long run. Parts #9 on diagram

Is it worth doing the ball joints too? Parts#10 on diagram

Any advice or links to people who have done this themselves would be appreciated.


Cheers

James
 

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Removing your suspension arm and then having the local garage peess thr new ones in will be the most economical. This saves you some grief with a press. You can also them inspect your ball joints, tie rods (front) and other components. Hint: dont forget to carefully remove your abs wire before disassembly.

Tools:
metric sockets
Pliers and a pick
Ball joint separator
Big hammer
Can of penetrating spray
Jack stands and jack
Torque wrench for reinstall.
 

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I'm in the same boat as well. How about you go first with the impact wrench method and figure out all the secrets for us?!?! :D
 

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^+1 but take pictures so we don't make the same mistakes you make :)
 

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I will report back on my adventure then... My aim is to buy the bushes, remove the wishbones myself, remove the bushes myself and debate whether I press them back in or get the local garage do it for a few pennies... Then reassemble myself and finally get the geometry realigned at a specialist who I've used before for my lotus Elise (laser alignment)

Ill take pictures a post up once my adventure starts.
 

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That doesn't look like my LCA at all...
 

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Is this from personal experience? :D
No. I've seen results from people trying to use an impact hammer, or a hammer/chisel/vise, or a torch, or any other "lets see if this works" technique. Usually all beat up with the owner bandaged.

The center of the bushing isn't the problem. Its the outer metal race that is press fit to the arm. Getting that out is the problem without the right tools, i.e. press and dies.

There are aftermarket bushings that are split so you don't have to press them in, but you still have to get the outer race out of the arm.

Instead of pics, video would be good. Sometimes video catches the moment better. There's no, "let me get the camera so I can get a picture". Plus video picks up the emotion. :D
 

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No. I've seen results from people trying to use an impact hammer, or a hammer/chisel/vise, or a torch, or any other "lets see if this works" technique. Usually all beat up with the owner bandaged.

The center of the bushing isn't the problem. Its the outer metal race that is press fit to the arm. Getting that out is the problem without the right tools, i.e. press and dies.

There are aftermarket bushings that are split so you don't have to press them in, but you still have to get the outer race out of the arm.

Instead of pics, video would be good. Sometimes video catches the moment better. There's no, "let me get the camera so I can get a picture". Plus video picks up the emotion. :D
Time to use some of my Scottish brut force and anger... Not sure anyone would understand me in a video:gasp:
 

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Im planning on buying a new or used arm when i do mine, this way the ball-joint is (can be) done too.
 

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You can buy a fully populated arm from subarupartsforyou and probably others. Ball joint, both bushings. This would save you some steps. However at almost $200, it's not cost effective if you really only need to change that one rear bushing.
 
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