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#1 RobR OFFLINE  

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Posted April 16, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Has anyone replaced any or all of the 4 rubber bushings in the DB tie rod or drag link on their Suburban?  I just disassembled the entire steering mechanism on the restoration of my Suburban and although the bushings are still serviceable, it would be nice to replace them if they are available.  Also, how about replacing these rubber bushings with bronze bushings?  From what I can determine, they are 5/8" ID X 7/8" OD and 3/4" high. 



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Posted April 16, 2017 - 03:20 PM

Look at post #220 here --> http://gardentractor...hulk-ii/page-15

And see id something like this will work for you.



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Posted April 16, 2017 - 03:50 PM

Has anyone replaced any or all of the 4 rubber bushings in the DB tie rod or drag link on their Suburban?  I just disassembled the entire steering mechanism on the restoration of my Suburban and although the bushings are still serviceable, it would be nice to replace them if they are available.  Also, how about replacing these rubber bushings with bronze bushings?  From what I can determine, they are 5/8" ID X 7/8" OD and 3/4" high. 

 I think that I would go with polyurethane bushings instead of brass. Brass may be too ridged for the application


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 08:27 AM

They are cut from 3/4 automotive heater hose. Very easy to replace and Cheap. They sell better quality hose if you go to a Napa

 

Lubricate with " Dawn" dishwashing liquid. Dawn original only. It seals rubber with a smooth surface. Put it on them when installed and use a couple drops of Dawn when you maintain your tractor. 

 

 Old racers trick. If you need to know ask. 


Edited by oldmanmopar, April 17, 2017 - 08:56 AM.

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#5 RobR OFFLINE  

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Posted April 17, 2017 - 01:15 PM

Thank you gentlemen for several good tips.  I'll let you know what I come up with.



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Posted April 20, 2017 - 10:35 AM

I used OldManMopar's suggestion - 5/8"ID / 7/8"OD heater hose fits perfectly.  Advance Auto Parts also sells in bulk, so for $1.39 per ft. it is a very cheap solution.  I'll also take his advice and use original Dawn dishwashing liquid to install and lubricate.  Heater hose is sold by ID dimensions, so ask for 5/8" hose.  



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Posted April 20, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Got any pictures? I have a drag link that needs bushings.



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Posted April 21, 2017 - 07:57 AM

Here you go larrybl:

 

New vs. original rubber bushings.  

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Posted April 21, 2017 - 08:14 AM

Ahhh, makes sense now, I was thinking something completely different.



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Posted May 08, 2017 - 03:34 PM

Awesome!  I was just looking at my Suburban this weekend and trying to figure out how to bushing the steering links.  lol

Thanks for the info guys!   :thumbs:






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