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Old 03-10-2012, 09:59 PM
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Iím replacing the upper control arm bushings on my Ď01 4WD Durango. Iíve been generally following Schusterjoís write up here:

With a combination of drill and propane torch, I got the bushings out. But Iím looking at the metal sleeve and wondering why I have to take that out. Schusterjo shows it being split, but mine just has a little notch, which you can see here: The replacement bushing (Energy Suspension) and sleeve are next to it in this shot, to make it clearer what sleeve Iím talking about. With the old bushing out, the new one just slides easily into the old sleeve. I assume it will compress and tighten up when I crank down the nut on the end of the pivot shaft. Do I need to replace this sleeve, or can I just slide the new bushing in? Using the old sleeve will make this a WHOLE lot easier.

And if I have to replace it, is it going to come out easily? The sleeve isnít split, and I donít have a lot of confidence that hitting the notch with a screwdriver is going to split the whole thing, unless the metal is a lot softer than it seems. And it feels like itís welded to the control arm. Schusterjo says to pry it away from the inner part of the shaft with a screwdriver, but when I put a screwdriver in there it just pushes the whole outer arm assembly away. But then, his control arm looks a little different from mine.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:50 AM
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If you are reading schusterjos write up then you should already know that this is the wrong section, but you still should have read this --> before posting here

ill move this to the first generation section for you.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:41 PM
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Thanks. I realized that afterwards. I was operating under less than optimal conditions last night...
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