I did my 6.9s about 6 months ago.
the hardest part of the job is removing the old bushings from the tube, that
just takes pure ignorance, persistence and allot of brut force.
installing the new bushings is a piece of cake, lube um up, and stick em in,
the nut and bolt supplied with the repair kit is sufficient to bring them in
home inside the tube as its long enough to do the job. Though not mentioned
in the service manual, I also lubed all the friction causing faces of the
bushings and arm etc, i.e. the parts that rub against each other. The nut is
a locking nut so I see no harm. steers like silk.
I did mine with the engine out so it was considerably easier, the job was
done in under an hour. With the engine in place, god only knows.
| The 116's idler arm needs new bushings - thanks to some gorilla in an
| alignment shop who overtightened the nut.
| It now moans and groans on turns.
| I bought the repair kit and have been procrastinating - busy, too cold,
| now too hot, etc. but am creeping up on doing it.
| I'd like to know, FROM THOSE WHO HAVE DONE ONE of these bushing
| how long I should expect it will take and if there are any "tricks" to
| do it.
| It looks like the new bushings need to be pressed into the bracket tube
| using a threaded rod or long bolt and lots of lubriplate. Right or wrong?
| Thanks for sharing your experience and Happy July 4th!
| Tom, maybe soon under the car.