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08-23-2004 04:55 PM
bigfred1958 Just a little update.
I went out to my car at lunch and looked carefully at the bushings I bought today.
they are energy suspension for '73-79 Ford truck leaf springs. The nice thing about these is that they are quite long ~2.75" which gives lots of room to adjust the width of my trailing arm end, if needed.
The tubing they will be inserted into is 1.5" DOM with a 3/16" wall. The tubing ID is 1-5/8. Perfect for the bushings.
The bushings fit into the tubing well without the inner sleeve. With the inner sleeve inserted the bushings are a *perfect* fit for the tubing. Very tight.
What I'm doing is drilling a 1-1/5" hole in a piece of 2x2 1/4" wall square tubing. I'lll inset a piece of round tubing into the hole and weld it to the Square tubing. The bushings are inserted in the round tubing. Over all, my lower trailing arms have cost a grand total of $55 including a 1-1/2" hole saw.

A little plug for suicidedoors.com: I payed $40 for a set of 8 bushings and 4 sleeves (enough to do 4 trailing arm ends). The D.O.M. tubing cost me about $6 for the amount I'm going to need. Suicidedoors sells the bushings w/ the tubing pre-cut for $9/end. A bit cheaper than it is costing me to make them myself... However, I had to get a different size sleeve than suicidedoors offers. Of course, I have the satisfaction of saying that I built my own trailing arms... not sure what that's worth.
-alfie
08-23-2004 11:58 AM
bigfred1958 Ok,
I'm slowly getting the trailing arms together.
The thing that has been a little difficult with this is that I'm limited to bushings with a 5/8" sleeve because the rear shock mounts are built into the trailing arm bolt, which is 5/8" . If I wasn't limited by this, I would have just ordered the bushings & ends from suicidedoors.com.

After some trial and error with generic leaf-spring bushings, I went back to the spring shop where I purchased the bushings and got some "energy suspension" polyurathane bushings.

The new bushings are for a '73-7? Ford.
I'm using 1.5" OD (1.25" ID) D.O.M. Tubing and pushing the bushing into the tubing.

Here's my latest concern....
The new bushings are not the tightest fit. Not loose, but not a tough press fit. However, when I push in the inner sleeve, the bushings really tighten up on the tubing. For those of you that have done this before, does this sound like it will work?
Thanks again
-alfie
08-21-2004 02:02 AM
WICKEDFAB if you buy some leaf spring bushings for a 90 wrangler they will work with 1.25 id tubing and the others 1.5 id tubing...so 1.5 120 wall and 1.75 120 wall....if ya need small chunks of tubing i can hook ya up....i can also get ya the bushings...
08-20-2004 05:49 PM
bigfred1958 Thanks Guys!
-alfie
08-20-2004 01:40 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com If you need simple push in Three piece bushings MAS in Minesota has 5/8 and 3/4" ends. The same as used in street rod, four bar systems.
08-20-2004 11:44 AM
Rich_Long I'm goin through that right now with a set of under rider traction bars I'm making.

I went here: http://www.quickor.com/

No size there for me, so I emailed them , no reply. BUT, through www.mercurymarauder.net I hooked up with Wes at http://www.innovativeinterceptors.com/
who is a Quikor dealer, and he's helping me out.
He's also working on a rear sway bar for my project Mustang.
08-20-2004 10:23 AM
bigfred1958
Where to buy Suspension Bushings for Custom Suspension?

Now that I've decided to build my own trailing arms for my car,

I'm looking for a good local joint that can sell me bushings.

I'd prefer not to use the hard to work with press in kind.

I guess what I'm wondering is if anyone has built their own trailing arms and what did they use as the source of their bushings?
Thanks
-alfie

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