Removing suspension bushes part 2

The inner ‘Flambloc’ bushes can be pulled out with a similar technique as the outer ones. My rear inner bushes were in a really bad state; some of the rubber was literally falling out!

Deteriorated Ferrar 308 suspension bushes
These bushes definitely need replacing

The first job is to cut the end off the old bush. If the end is not cut off, the rubber inside deforms when compressed and makes it harder to pull through the wishbone. Cutting takes a few seconds with a reciprocating saw. Make sure the cut is perpendicular so that the bush will push out straight.

Cutting Ferrari 308 suspension silentbloc bush
A ‘sawzall’ quickly cuts through the bush but will generate some rubber smoke

 

End cut from Ferrari 308 silentbloc bush
End removed from the flambloc bush

Since these types of bushes are spot-welded in, the welds need to be ground off. The best tool I have found for that is a Dremel with one of these wheels:

Wheel for grinding Ferrari 308 suspension bush welds
Wheel for grinding suspension welds

 

Removing welds from Ferrari 308 suspension bushes
Welds and all excess metal removed with a dremel

With the welds ground off, the bush is in theory, removable. Time to assemble the puller once again using the M12 bolt, washers and the 46mm socket as the receiver. In this case an 18mm socket was the perfect size to push the newly exposed outer edge of the bush.

Puller for Ferrari 308 suspension bushes
Puller assembled from 150mm M12 bolt and 46mm and 18mm sockets

The old bush comes out out with very little effort:

Removing Ferrari 308 suspension bushes
Removing the suspension bush – half way out

 

Removing Ferrari 308 suspension bushing
Removing the suspension bush – almost through

 

Ferrari 308 suspension bush removed
Suspension bush pushed all the way out

 

Ferrari 308 suspension bush removed
Suspension bush fully removed

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