Body Bushing Install
My truck has the classic 12 year old sagging OEM bushings. They sag so much, that I believe it is the cause of my downpipe rubbing when I get the EGTs up and it expands. It only happens when pulling a good grade for a decent number of miles, like at least 5 or six miles, it happened the first time pulling up out of Santa Clarita into Palmdale/Lancaster on the 14 Freeway. Anyway, time to replace them so I ordered a set of poly bushings.
I just read in the last Diesel Power Mag about the IDI turbo install and they did bushings in that article. They used a gear puller, a section of 4" exhaust tubing and the OEM bolt. I thought I had a piece of 4" in the garage, but no dice. So off to the hardware store to search for a suitable replacement. I bought an ABS 3" coupling. It worked perfectly. I got the middle bushing apart no problem, without too much cursing on that one. I am leaving in the morning for Mammoth Lakes, so I ran out of time and for the life of me could not get the rear bushing apart, so I just got the front and middle one done on the passenger side of the truck, there is more clearance for the downpipe, so I should be good for this trip. I am soaking the rest of the nuts with PB Blaster so that I can knock out the rest when I get back. I didn't take pics this time, I will when I take care of the rest of the bushings. Looking at the driver's side, it looks like the rear is going to require dropping the tank, any tips here? Thanks.