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turbot79 Offline
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#1
I have a set of front control arms that I'm going to rebuild. They will have x2 ball joints and poly bushings. My question is do you still Need to reuse the outer shells for the bushings or can new ones be used. And I did search this but I saw only very old posts and didn't know if anything changed. Also is there anything else I should do to them while their on the bench or are they ok as is. They will also be blasted and powdercoated
Thanks
Tim
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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goldwing Offline
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#2
I don't have any experience with pieces for Ford. However, I have a friend with a Z-28 who had issues either removing the shells you speak of or removing the old bushings from the A-arms.

He told me he had to pour gasoline on the old rubber pieces and burn them out.
T.C:87 5 speed
HOLSET(HE341/HY35W type-D),255 Walbro, No intercooler yet,8lbs boost,Timing @ 9,Low& C.C Plates & SN-95 Bumpsteer Kit, KYB-AGX Struts,Belt driven fan,Custom oil cooler feed,Relocated ECT,Relocated TFI,N/A Hood, showing 178K
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5.0TurboCoupe1988 Offline
Posting Freak
#3
have your new bushings in your possession before you do anything.

sometimes you can use a 5/16" drill bit and let it "walk" around in the rubber next to the inner tube of the bushing. it will work the tube out and then the rubber comes out easier. burning them out works too but it's messy.

x2 ball joints are for sn-95 spindles...
1988 TC 2.3/5-Speed, 148K
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turbot79 Offline
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#4
K thanks. I'm also switching spindles for 5 lug
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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russ c Offline
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#5
I have always burnt them out. It is messy, but a whole lot less aggrevating.
86TC Saved from certain death
88TC Gave its life so other TCs could live.
88TC DD.
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Sophosis Offline
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#6
I've done it both ways on mine.. when I did the fronts, I found it a lot easier to get the center piece freed up, think I got it hot enough to melt the rubber free and pushed it out... from there, it was quick work getting the rubber out.. heat, drill bits, and a wire wheel on a drill. I used the PST kit and had to reuse outer shells.
1988 Turbo Coupe
- 0.020 Diamonds w/stock rods, T3 w/stock IC, BoPort 1.5 cam, LA3 w/QH on MAF, water/meth
- 5-lug swap, 31-spline, 4.10s, vacuum brakes, PBR front brakes, 2000 Mustang GT 17" rims
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Huey866 Offline
Posting Freak
#7
I just took mine to a machine shop and paid to have the bushings and ball joints pressed in and out. For all 4 bushings and both ball joints to be pressed in and out was around $60 for me. Took about 15 minutes to do. You might want to look into that before dealing with drill bits and buring the bushings out.

The outer shells must be reused or youll have to buy new factory bushings or new control arms.
87 TurboCoupe - silver, 137k, 5-speed, 3.73 w/ superior axles, Maximum Motorsports suspension, 03 Cobra Brakes, 93 GT vacuum assist, Griggs Subframe connectors, RR cam, Essy Adj. Cam Gear, Boblog, Bob Elbow, .63 T-3, ARP headstuds, Stinger 3in Exhaust, Magnaflow Muffler, AEM gauges, Tweecer RT, Godspeed Omega 18x9
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goldwing Offline
Senior Member
#8
What vehicle are the bushings made for ?
I'm thinking fox Mustang.
Forgive me if this is discussed else where. I have not searched.
T.C:87 5 speed
HOLSET(HE341/HY35W type-D),255 Walbro, No intercooler yet,8lbs boost,Timing @ 9,Low& C.C Plates & SN-95 Bumpsteer Kit, KYB-AGX Struts,Belt driven fan,Custom oil cooler feed,Relocated ECT,Relocated TFI,N/A Hood, showing 178K
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turbot79 Offline
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#9
I think your right I haven't got that far yet
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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5.0TurboCoupe1988 Offline
Posting Freak
#10
'87-'88 TC uses the same front control arm bushings as '94-'04 mustang.
1988 TC 2.3/5-Speed, 148K
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