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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Elise OEM wishbone bush replacement advice


I'm looking for advice on fitting OEM lotus bushes to the front wishbones.
I have the bush removal tool and the original bushes were removed easily.
Trying to get the new bushes in though is proving impossible. They go in but stop about 2 mm short of being fully pushed home flush and every attempt isn't working.
Ive frozen the bushes , used lube on the parts and tried heating the wishbone but still not in 100%.

What do people recommend for the OEM bush install?
Any advice appreciated.

Many thanks
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 10:53 AM
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Dip the bushes in liquid nitrogen to really freeze them and then quickly press them into a heated wishbone? Could also try a cheap hydraulic press from harbor freight, seems like overkill to use a hydraulic press for a bushing though.

I replaced my bushings with some aftermarket ones and they slid right in, almost didn't even need the bushing tool except for pressing them the last 5mm or so.
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I didn't have this challenge so I can't speak from experience, but it seems that the bushing removal tool should be able to pull the bush into the hole, especially if it's only got 2mm to move. Have fun with the caster washers.
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