: How hard is it to press out rear cradle bushings?

06-12-10, 08:18 PM
Has anyone pressed out old 04 to 05 style cradle bushings on 4 corners and replaced with newer 06 07 style bushings?

06-19-10, 12:02 AM
I haven't heard of anyone doing this...yet. Would changing over to the 06-07 provide a worthwhile mod versus installing the SW bushing inserts? It sounds far fetched.

I think if someone were to go through the effort of R&D, a solid cradle bushing replacement can possibly become the next must-do mod.

06-19-10, 09:51 AM
What would you gain from swapping in 06-07 cradle bushings?

Just buy some BMR or spector works spacers if you want to tighten up the cradle.

06-19-10, 03:47 PM
What would you gain from swapping in 06-07 cradle bushings?

Well they're supposed to be stiffer and help keep the rear more planted but since the 06-07 guys get about as much wheel hop as the 04-05, its a really questionable mod for 04-05 guys to look into considering you can just utilize the SW inserts.

Lets say the bushings might be cheaper than the SW inserts, the time it takes to install might not be worth the minimal gains.

06-19-10, 06:14 PM
He has a 2006 model CTS-V and it was wrecked. The body shop got a 2005 rear suspension setup and wants to know if he can buy the 2006 bushings and press them into the 2005 cradle. They are the same cradles. The issue is this to me. The 2006 Cradle comes with bushings installed, might aswell for cost/convenience level just get a new OEM cradle.

06-20-10, 03:54 PM
If the cradle is out of the car I guess it would be just like swapping out any other pressed bushing.

With the cradle still on the car I don't see how It could be done.

06-20-10, 08:55 PM
forget it.... Just install some specter werks bushings. The install is very simple. way simpler than a change (if possible) for what you are suggesting.

06-21-10, 12:35 PM
The Specter bushings will be better than the 06-07 cradle bushings anyway.

06-25-10, 01:57 PM
Its times like this a C&C machine and some CAD software would come in handy. I've seen BMW and 240SX track/drift guys utilize 2 piece or 1 piece pressed in cradle bushings. Definitely helps keep the rear planted.