Shock Bushing Install Tip (OME shocks)

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by sandcruiser, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. sandcruiser

    sandcruiser

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    So I installed brand new OME shocks yesterday, the old ones were about five years old and very overdue for replacement.

    Wow.

    I'd forgotten how wonderful the OME ride can be! Very happy with the added smoothness.

    Anyhow: here's my hot lowtech tip:
    The poly bushings that came with my shocks are one piece. Not that easy to get into the eye of the shocks. I used a jumbo screwdriver, put a dab of grease on the bushing, then slid the bushing onto the screwdriver (very loose fit).

    The put the screwdriver handle on the ground with the blade pointing up (bushing on the blade).

    Then slid the shock eye over the screwdriver till it touched the bushing. I could then hold onto the screwdriver to keep it verticle and wiggle it a little while pushing down on the shock bodyw ith my foot. Popped right in. Super easy.

    I did all six eyes in about five minutes this way.

    I'm sure a press would work even better.... but I didn't have one handy.
  2. Poser

    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    A little lube and you can push them in by hand....no other tools required.



    :beer:
  3. Dynosoar

    Dynosoar Slightly Disturbed SILVER Star

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    Thats what she said last night!!!!!!!

    Dynosoar
  4. sandcruiser

    sandcruiser

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    the problem I was running into was that with a little lube, the damn thing was so slippery that I couldn't hold it.... hence the screwdriver
  5. High Desert

    High Desert

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    no lub...BFH they slip right in
  6. Landpimp

    Landpimp

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    I use a harmer or a vice.....vice makes fast work of them buggers
  7. HntWhtTail

    HntWhtTail

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    How about,,,
    Thanks for the tip just might try it when I get my new shocks..
    THanks Sand
  8. dkalley

    dkalley

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    I had the same trouble, a vice with or without lube is pretty quick.
  9. bkfitz

    bkfitz

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    I can't even get mine in with a vice... working on the left rear top bushing and can't get the lower bolt out (don't have a air wrench)... so I just compressed the shock, twisted it down to the ground, sprayed some silicon spray on it and put it in a vice...*&*^&%% still won't go in. ???? Need advice for getting that old bolt off with either a socket or locking wrench... or... advice for getting the new bushing in.
  10. Elbert

    Elbert SILVER Star

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    vice worked well
  11. reevesci

    reevesci Enabler Supporting Vendor

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    X?? Same thing vise and grease.. easily done.

    J

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