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Steering Cross Tube bushings

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by woodybap, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

    Posted the following but was able to dig deeper into prior posts for possible solutions. Wish me luck. "I need to replace the cross tube bushings on my ‘mostly’ SI but just cannot get to the old ones. Just no room to move around in there. Spent some time freeing up the steering box in the hope of gaining some movement and access but am having the same problem removing the drop arm from the rocker shaft. Any suggestions on technique / replacement parts?"
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
  2. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

     
  3. SoCal'beaming

    SoCal'beaming Donation Time

    It can be done without removing the pitman arm ... Turn the wheel to it's extreme ..you'll need a C-clamp and maybe alittle penetrating oil. I'll try and post some pic.s but in the meantime I'm sure others will chime in as I had to ask the same question here awhile back and got the help I needed ...

    ..... David
     
  4. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks David for the info and the pics: I will try the C-clamp method, then, if necessary, the puller from Harbor Freight. Got this car as a gift from someone that I thought liked me. Having second thoughts about that now. lol.
     
  5. SoCal'beaming

    SoCal'beaming Donation Time

    Find a socket that will fit on top .. clears the flat washer on top of the crosstube but sits on the lip of the crosstube ... loosen the nut but leave the nut on the bottom to protect the threads ... I had to apply the oil and some heat as mine were totally frozen in the bush sleeve .. The proper size C-lamp is necessary to clear those areas and it took same time and patience as well as perseverance ... I invented several new cuss words in the process. I'm still looking for the photos but with the 10's of thousands I have it might take some time. I believe if you search the forum they might show what helped me. Bulldurham or Mamoose were the guys who helped me with photo's as well if memory serves me and DanR was also "very helpful".

    ..... David
     
  6. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

    Appreciate it. Found 3 photos on the forum that provide a good picture of what needs to be done.
     
  7. Gordon Holsinger

    Gordon Holsinger Diamond Level Sponsor

    Woody Rootes parts in Holland has cross shafts with grease fittings.
     
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  8. SoCal'beaming

    SoCal'beaming Donation Time

    Good .... I found the pic.s of installation of the bushings ... still looking for the removal one's .... I put poly in the crosstube .... those are also fun to get in! .... the rubber I believe are easier but with a less solid feel in my opinion.

    .... David
     
  9. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

    That looks like a good alternative. However, is it truly an Alpine experience if it avoids the pain and struggle? Any idea on their response/shipping time? I am in So Cal.
     
  10. Gordon Holsinger

    Gordon Holsinger Diamond Level Sponsor

    They are pretty prompt I bought a new cam and it was here in 10 days
     
  11. Gordon Holsinger

    Gordon Holsinger Diamond Level Sponsor

    I have been experiencing Alpines and Tigers since 1970 but I get where you are coming from!
     
  12. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    There is a great little tool I found at Harbor Freight that makes the removal of the crosslinks an easier process.

    Tried to upload a pic but can't for some very odd reason....Will try again
     
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  13. puff4

    puff4 Diamond Level Sponsor

    How about just a link to the Harbor Freight item?
     
  14. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    How about this:



    I have one! Tight quarters but works nicely!
     
  15. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I do not particularly like the way he used the tool, the forks should be farther in the joint, and I prefer to keep the nut in place (loosely) so it will not fly off!
     
  16. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

    Rick at SS has urethane bushings in his catalog, and he is in Ca.
     
  17. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks everyone. I already had the SS bushings and got the HF puller today. Will try again this weekend.
     
  18. woodybap

    woodybap Silver Level Sponsor

    Weekend Report: Used the Harbor Freight puller and both cross tube bushings popped right off. The replacement took a bit longer because the sleeves needed to be removed. Used a hacksaw for that. Lubed up the new bushings and pressed them into the cross tube ends using the "wood blocks in a vice" method. Both went in smoothly.
     
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  19. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I knew you could do it:)
     
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  20. moonstone SIV

    moonstone SIV Donation Time

    Bear in mind that the pin is supposed to rotate in the bush, not the bush in the arm. There was a production change in the Superpro bushes after I requested they knurle the id of the bushes to retain the lubricant more successfully. Previously the plain bushes would begin to drag and prevent the steering from self centering after a few hundred miles. Not sure which brand Rick is stocking?
     

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