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Old 05-26-2020, 09:35 AM   #1
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When inserting rear shackle bushing I get a loose fit. Spring eye reads .735 and old of bushing is .720. Is this acceptable? Or do I need a new spring eye leaf?
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:18 AM   #2
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The spring shackle bushing has to be a tight fit in the spring eye for it to wear properly. If your spring is still safe to use, build up the bushing with a little solder for a tighter spring eye interference fit. Or make a new over sized bushing. Ideally a replacement main leaf spring with proper fitting shackle bushing holes should be used. The old bushing is loose. How does a new bushing measure up?
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:23 AM   #3
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You could try using "liquid metal", I'd guess it would still work with 0.015" play. And if it doesn't, make a new bushing later.
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:22 PM   #4
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Neural the OD of the bushing, some carefull center punching around the OD of the bushing will make the fit tighter !
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Old 05-26-2020, 08:22 PM   #5
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The bushing/spring eye fit is critical. Really need a press fit for proper performance. If keeping the car for the foreseeable future, might consider biting the bullet and getting a new spring. They normally come with the bushings pressed in but reaming may be required.
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Old 05-26-2020, 08:30 PM   #6
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Old 05-26-2020, 09:53 PM   #7
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Solder, Jb weld? I don’t see either as a permanent fix.
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Old 05-27-2020, 05:40 AM   #8
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Just hit it with a punch or something to rough up or Knurl the outside and put it in. It won't rotate under load.
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Tighten up the spring eye with a hammer. If you have the spring off hold it on a anvil or something solid and tighten the roll up on the eye.
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:45 AM   #10
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[QUOTE Really need a press fit for proper performance.][/QUOTE]

Solder or knurling won't last.
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