A New 55 Owner Intro (cgn1976 thread) (2 Viewers)

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Well, I'm stupid...not that everyone hadn't aready figuered that out based on this thread! I went to HF to buy a hydrolic portable press thing today to push the pins out on the shackles, but they were out of stock, so I went out to give it hell by hand at lunch with the torch and hammer! Turns out the shackles are not stock but are a 2 piece unit with both pins welded to one side and then a removable plate on the other. All I had to do was take off both nuts (which I didn't do yesterday) and hit it with a hammer a few times. lol! Took me 30 minutes to do both sides and I didn't even have to take the wheels/tires off. hah! Anyway, the bushings in the spring were a little crusty but the top ones were pretty decent. They likely were replaceded back in 2012 when the current overhaul took place. I sort of doubt this is the source of my noise. Either way, it has been a little shifty when I hit the brakes, so I'm guessing this should help that a little and if not, at least it's piece of mind and one less thing to worry about! Bonus is I already ordered a set of greasable shackles so I know how to put those in real quick now!
Drives way better! No more darting to the right then left as I hit the brakes! I got so used to it, I almost didn't notice anymore, but I sure do now. Night and day!
 
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Sweet! Great to hear man👍
So it was just bushings?
Not 100% sure if that's the only issue or not. It was so good the other night when I hit the trials and it never made that noise out there. I pulled into the driveway a little faster yesterday and it didn't happen either, but I think I need to try to replicate it today and see. Either way it's steps in the right direction for sure. I wonder if this thing has been sitting and not pushed so long that just getting on it and flexing the suspension a little is working some of these creaks out on their own, if that makes any sense.

I did see that the steering drag link has one of the ball joints looking a little beat up, but it it doesn't grind and moves fine. Other than that I just am not seeing or feeling anything that looks like an issue, but I'm far from an expert! Gonna keep at it, but like I said, it already so much better
 

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