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Old 12-23-2005, 03:50 PM
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Control Arm Mounting Question

I'm an amateur, so be patient....I have a TCI frame w/Mustang IFS for a 36 ford and am begining the process of component first fit. The distance between two inner rubber bushing halves is not sufficient to fit over the frame's mounting sleeve. The bushing is rubber and could potentially be pressed in more however there is the question of washers.

Drawings do not reflect washers on between the rubber bushings and the control arm, however the package came with enough and it just seems like there should be washers between the rubber bushing half and the control arm due to the constant movement. Can anyone confirm this point and second....Is some grinding (say 1/16 to 3/32) normally required to make things fit? Just how tight should this spacing be?

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No, there should not be a washer. The movement comes from the fact that its rubber. The inner steel sleeve gets wedged in the chassis by the clamping from the bolt. The rubber bushing is wedged in the arm, so the movement of the arm comes from the deflection of the rubber. Some motion of parts is to be expected, especially the inner sleeve. It often rotates around the bolt, but there doesn't need to be any washer.

I wouldn't grind. Sometimes there are even clearance issues on factory control arms depending on how far in the bushings are pressed and the accuracy of the factory parts. In general, if you can pound it in place and get the bolt in there, its fine. Binding is going to happen after the bolt is tightened down anyway, so a little while getting it in place won't hurt.
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Lower Arm Mounting

Thanks for the heads up....makes sense with regard to the rubber.....just can't figure out why they sent four washers for each lower arm....

The rubber sits out from the bushing about 1/16" on each side....If I can presee it in, then this should be sufficient to work into place.

I've tried a mallet on it with no success....I think I'll try soaping the rubber next....Maybe there is a tool of some sort that would help press it into place....
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