Carrier bushing redux

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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby HummBebe » Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:23 am

Scott - I'm not going to be needing mine in a couple of weeks - you want it?
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby bennersj » Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:46 am

PM sent, Thanks
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby 08H3 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:32 pm

How thick is each bushing in the original image? Mine finally went south after 47K, so I need to do something like this. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby HummBebe » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:00 am

You have to cut it down. I'm not totaly sure but it was originally a rear leaf spring bushing - so I'd say about 3 inches.
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby bunger » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:28 am

PhilD wrote:
DirtyH3 wrote:Phil, any update on when these will be available?
Ended up doing the two outboard bushings first, which I have. Just need to get some installed and do the instructions.

This one will get done, most probably within a couple of months.


Did this kit ever get put together?
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby The Other Rob » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:57 pm

Looks like I'm about to bite the bullet and order the parts to rebuild mine..

Found the bushing kit from Summit Racing for $60..
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ENS-3-2141G/?rtype=10

If the pic is right, it looks like it should do quite a few crossmembers..

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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby 08H3 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:25 pm

Unless you actually need all the extra bushings, you can get just what you need from Suspension Restoration for less. I think I paid around $20 (don't hold me to the price) for 4 bushings -- 2 to experiment with and two to actually build whatever I end up with. Very cool guy to deal with.

http://suspension.com
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby The Other Rob » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:41 pm

Got a part number..??
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby 08H3 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:40 am

The Other Rob wrote:Got a part number..??


#2509

Below is the email from Bruce at Suspension Restoration.

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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby The Other Rob » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:41 pm

Will be giving him a call in the morning.. Thanks a bunch..
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby The Other Rob » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:51 pm

Spoke w/ Bruce today..

$7 or so each on the bushings..

But none of the 2509 is stock..

He only places orders with Energy Suspension every two or three months..

He placed his latest order with them last week..

He typically expects it to take 5 - 6 weeks from the time he places the order until it's delivered to him...
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby The Other Rob » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:57 am

Gotta hand it to Summit on shipping.. I ordered the kit on Wed evening late.. Even with the holidays I found it on the doorstep this morning (Sunday)..

We came in through the garage when we got home last night.. Not sure if it's been sitting out there since Friday or Saturday..
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby alrock » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:07 am

Great, looking forward to seeing how it works out.
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby 08H3 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:33 pm

Just out of curiosity, do you have the original crossmember or the redesigned 2nd version on the crossmember. Reason I ask, I originally bought the busings to redo the original crossmember, however I got Hummer to foot the bill on a replacement crossmember. I have not looked, but I hope this fix will still work with crossmember v2.0.
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Re: Carrier bushing redux

Postby The Other Rob » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:06 pm

First.. Original crossmember..

Second.. OMFG..!!!! This is a PITA.. Starting to think the thing is welded in place.. Beat on it with a hammer for a while and it didn't move.. Took a torch to it to heat it up.. There's no more rubber left in it, but the outter bushing sleeve still isn't budging.. When the sleeve is removed roughly how tight does the bushing fit in place..??

Interestingly enough, with all of the rubber burned out of the outter sleeve, the middle size bushing in the pack fits pretty nicely.. Took a bit of grinding with a die grinder to get the lower side "clearanced" out some to let the bushing slide into that side. I trimmed the height of the bushings down about 1/4" each where they meet in the middle pretty well and still sit tight on their faces.. There may be 1/32 or 2 of space between them in the middle.. Just enough to feel really.

Gonna wait to hear some thoughts from those with a bit more knowledge than me, to chime in on the thoughts of using the smaller bushing before I button this all back up.

BTW.. Unless you're pretty dang mechanically inclined, or are just damned determined and have a more than a socket set at your disposal, this isn't something you'll prolly wanna tackle on your own.. Once you have the crossmember off the truck and the old bushing torn apart in your hands, you are at the point of no return. Either be prepared to finish the job or order a new crossmember. If you're thinking, I'll just get the parts and give them to a mechanic along with the directions, you prolly ain't gonna come out to far ahead over just buying a OEM crossmember and being done with it. Crossmember replacement shouldn't take more than 30 minutes or so..
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