DIY LCA Bushing Replacement 2005+ Tacoma (4x4)

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  1. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    DIY LCA Bushing Replacement 2005+ Tacoma (4x4).

    For ball joint replacement see here http://toyotaoff-road.com/threads/8...ment-2005-Tacoma?p=64048&viewfull=1#post64048

    This is for removal and replacement of a OE LCA bushings ONLY.
    I am not covering the removal of OE components that are in the way of bushing removal and installation.


    <<<A front end alignment is highly recommended>>>


    Tools required:

    Common Sense
    Ball Joint press
    adjustable wrench for above BJ press
    <<Specialized Ball Joint adapters>>
    Flat head screwdriver
    Hammer
    Vise Grips
    PB Blaster or similar
    Mobil 1 grease or similar
    Wire brush or similar
    Gloves
    Safety glasses
    Jigsaw with 5" wood blade
    Hacksaw with metal blade
    Drill
    1/4" - 3/8" wood drill bit
    Dremel or similar tool with a cut off blade
    (2) OE Toyota bushings # 48655-04020
    (2) OE Toyota bushings # 48654-04040


    It's YOUR responsibility to wear the proper PPE and use common sense. This could prove dangerous if the tools required are used in manners they were not designed or intended for. Do not apply torque to the tools past their recommended limit.


    Removal

    Tip: I soaked all bushings in PB overnight before starting. I was unable to press my bushings out so this is the best way I could think of. If you can press yours out do so.

    Tip: Do not mar the bushing seat. Most likely it's rusted to crap already so no need to further damage it.



    Step 1: Drill a starter hole in the old rear bushings

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    The front bushings already have room



    Step 2: Using a jigsaw on it's slow setting cut the rubber to free up the center. You might need a hammer to tap out the center of bushing like I needed to do for the fronts.

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    Step 3: Insert a hacksaw and cut until you are through the bushing sleeve. Make sure you are cutting on the seam of the bushing seat. Do NOT cut to far.

    Tip: I cut until I saw rust. Make sure you cut evenly...not like the saw is angled in the below picture - that was for reference only.

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    Step 4: Using a Dremel cut the collar of the bushing exactly where you cut the inside. Then bend the outside of the collar with vise grips. The slight bending motion should free up the bushing.

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    Step 5: Tap the bushing out with a hammer and flat screwdriver

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    Step 6: Clean the rust and grit from the bushing seat. At this point I sanded and painted the LCA.

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    Step 7: Grease up all the bushings and seats.

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    Step 8: Insert all the bushings. All four should go in 90% leaving only 1/2" to be pressed.

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    Step 9: Press in the new bushings.

    Front

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    Rear

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    Done

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    Ball Joint adapters used:

    Front

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    Rear

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    Old bushings

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    Front

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    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  2. CowboyTaco

    CowboyTaco Well-Known Member

    @tx_shooter or @Oswego , can we fix the pics here too?

    I'm probably not going to do this over the upcoming weekend, but who knows.
     
  3. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    I'll PM you my cell and you can feel free to contact me anytime with any questions....just try to not call between 6am-2pm EST unless it's an emergency lol

    Maybe tonight I can fix some of these....think Ive got a ton to do though.
     
  4. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Will see what we can do
     
  5. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Looks like those images have been moved on Photobucket so I cannot restore them. Sorry.
     
  6. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    I suck more than normal - sat down ready to import all the pics and walla..... forgot the hard drive that I had them all on failed. I need to take it to my local IT guy and see if he can restore them. Been putting that off for months. PC doesn't even recognize the drive at this point.
     

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