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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    Have you decided on a bushing that you're putting in there and have you considered adding the CS Block? Most people agree that the block is worth the $30 to prevent upward movement and prolong the life of the bushing. For the puller, I rented the tool from Creative Steel, which I HIGHLY recommend, especially if you're pulling the stock bushing, which can be a total pain in the neck according to others and presssing one in can also be difficult. The CS Tool is VERY well made and VERY heavy duty.

    In Lollygagger's writeup, he uses PISSNUOFF's tool, which can be made from a piece of 2" pipe IIRC. The bottom of the CS bushing was ~ 1.75 in and the top of the sleeve was 2.25 in. While I had the tool, I collected some washers that were roughly the same size as the sleeves included with the CS Tool, since the CS bushing should come out much easier than a stock bushing. I haven't written up what I bought yet, but I can try to knock that out over the next day or so.

    Here's Lollygagger's writeup, which I followed to a T: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...l-removal.html
    Along with Creative Steel's instructions that come with the tool: https://www.creative-steel.com/store...p=installation

    Dropping the diff was actually much easier than I predicted, I ran into some other "issues" and have had to redo parts of it multiple times now.

    Things that will make it easier:
    1) Getting the car UP in the air so it's not so claustrophobic and room for a creeper.
    2) I didn't drop my exhaust, since I had a hell of time getting it back on last time and didn't want to replace the band clamps again. You CAN work around it, but it would be easier not to have to.
    3) 21mm ratchet wrench is a must have for the rear bolts. You can get a short 21mm socket in there to initially loosen and for final tightening, but you'll need it to get the bolts loose and completely drop the diff if you're adding the bushing block.

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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    Quote Originally Posted by NCOGNITO View Post
    Thanks, I read this thread and apparently glazed over where people were talking about pipe diameters. Thanks!
    I said 2", but honestly I don't know what size it is. It's a pipe nipple a couple/few inches long that I picked up at HD or Lowe's specifically for this sort of thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by V for victory View Post
    I will need another 8 inch threaded bolt and nut as the threads were stretched a bit and dont want to chance it when I do the other side.
    Nice work, but that's not a lower control arm bushing. That's the trailing arm bushing (which happens to be what everyone else was talking about). I thought you had some new bushings from RS, so I was excited to see what you came up with. Now I'm .

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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    I don't see the lower control arm bushings on revshift's site?

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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    Quote Originally Posted by DisposableHero View Post
    I don't see the lower control arm bushings on revshift's site?
    That's because what he calls a lower control arm bushing is really a trailing arm bushing.

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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    That's because what he calls a lower control arm bushing is really a trailing arm bushing.
    OMG, you are so right, It is the trailing arm...what was I thinking when I wrote the heading. Sorry of the false sense of new products that dont exist.

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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    No worries. RS is supposedly working on control arm bushings, too, so I thought maybe you had gotten an advance set of those.

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    Re: Ordered the RS lower control arm bushings, what did you use to press out the old

    Quote Originally Posted by NCOGNITO View Post
    Have you decided on a bushing that you're putting in there and have you considered adding the CS Block? Most people agree that the block is worth the $30 to prevent upward movement and prolong the life of the bushing. For the puller, I rented the tool from Creative Steel, which I HIGHLY recommend, especially if you're pulling the stock bushing, which can be a total pain in the neck according to others and presssing one in can also be difficult. The CS Tool is VERY well made and VERY heavy duty.

    In Lollygagger's writeup, he uses PISSNUOFF's tool, which can be made from a piece of 2" pipe IIRC. The bottom of the CS bushing was ~ 1.75 in and the top of the sleeve was 2.25 in. While I had the tool, I collected some washers that were roughly the same size as the sleeves included with the CS Tool, since the CS bushing should come out much easier than a stock bushing. I haven't written up what I bought yet, but I can try to knock that out over the next day or so.

    Here's Lollygagger's writeup, which I followed to a T: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...l-removal.html
    Along with Creative Steel's instructions that come with the tool: https://www.creative-steel.com/store...p=installation

    Dropping the diff was actually much easier than I predicted, I ran into some other "issues" and have had to redo parts of it multiple times now.

    Things that will make it easier:
    1) Getting the car UP in the air so it's not so claustrophobic and room for a creeper.
    2) I didn't drop my exhaust, since I had a hell of time getting it back on last time and didn't want to replace the band clamps again. You CAN work around it, but it would be easier not to have to.
    3) 21mm ratchet wrench is a must have for the rear bolts. You can get a short 21mm socket in there to initially loosen and for final tightening, but you'll need it to get the bolts loose and completely drop the diff if you're adding the bushing block.
    Thanks, just ordered the CS block and their Diif removal tool, both will arrive on this Saturday. Off next week with much to do, MM's, Diff bushing and finish the trailing arm bushing install.

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