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Tiny
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  • 1980 PLYMOUTH VOLARE
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How to remove and replace torsion bar bushing
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Saturday, November 27th, 2010 AT 7:02 PM

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Tiny
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Aren't they held on with bolt-on brackets? I have three of those cars. If necessary to refresh my memory, I'll go crawl in the *** snow and look.

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Saturday, November 27th, 2010 AT 7:22 PM
Tiny
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I have torsion bars off the car, my question is how do u get bushings off of torsion bar. The bushing that mounts on to lower control arm.
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Saturday, November 27th, 2010 AT 7:47 PM
Tiny
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Gee whiz. I thought I knew everything about those cars. I looked at mine and saw that they are bolted onto the lower control arm with brackets, but I can't see what holds the bushing on. Is the bar mushroomed on back. Wait, it must be because the transverse torsion bar also acts at the strut rod used on older cars to keep the control arm from pulling back when braking. My best guess is the bushing is split and has to be peeled open. If you have a new bushing in hand, is it split? If not, you're going to have to cut the old one off. I think you would not cause a problem by slitting the new bushing to wrap it on, but before resorting to that, spray it with Silicone Spray Lube. You can get that from the Chrysler parts department or from auto parts stores. It make rubber parts slide over metal parts REAL easily, then it evaporates.

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Saturday, November 27th, 2010 AT 8:45 PM
Tiny
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That is whats got me wondering I have new bushing 2-torsion bar to lower control arm bushing and 2- pivot cushion bushing. The pivot cushion bushing are split, but the torsion bar bushing are not. The torsion bar is mushroom on the end. I have split the factory metal mounts that holds the bushing with no problems, If I split the new bushing what direction should I put the split in bushing when I mount it?
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Saturday, November 27th, 2010 AT 10:50 PM
Tiny
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The forces acting on it are up and down so I would make the split on the side so the bracket will hold it compressed together. The bar won't be pushing sideways.

Would it be possible to slide it on from the other end? I never had a transverse torsion bar out so I don't know what the end looks like. Where did you find new bushings? Year One or someplace like that? I found control arm bushings for a '72 Challenger there a few years ago.

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 12:25 AM
Tiny
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I agree installing bushing split on sides would be right way. I am thinking the bushing never moves, and the bar itself moves inside the bushing. The way the torsion bar metalbushing is made the sway bar attaches to the inside of torsion bar bushing so no way to do that.I ordered thru PolyBushing. Com they seem to know what there doing and prices are good.I've got a 1956 F-100 with Volare front clip on it so I have replace all front end parts. This is the first torsion suspension that I have worked on, its pretty simple the torsion bushing had me stumped. I will send you a pic of my pickup its been a 10 yr project. Hey caradiodoc thank you for your information it help me feel better about how to install these bushing. If I can help you with imformation on anything feel free to e-mail me anytime robjam@Hughes. Net
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 1:22 AM
Tiny
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Cool. My Challenger is the same color!

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 1:35 AM

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