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    Quote Originally Posted by 9t9-5.2 View Post
    WTF! Thank you for posting! Your post will not be visible until a moderator has approved it for posting.
    ???? Someone being an ass clown on Richard's post about a product everyone wants?

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    ???? Someone being an ass clown on Richard's post about a product everyone wants?
    I think he may have been confused with the moderated vendor page post not showing up until approved.
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    That post was in this Forum. It wasn't in the Vendor Forum.

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    That post was in this Forum. It wasn't in the Vendor Forum.
    This is a vendor forum.
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    What a dumb ass...

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    What a dumb ass...
    No biggie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9t9-5.2 View Post
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    Yep, I'm a dumb ass I thought someone got blocked for saying something stupid. Good thing this is moderated.

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    Went to the local bone yard and picked up 2 upper control arms from a 1998 Dakota and the passenger's side from a 2000 Dakota. What a PITA with no power tools. Took about 4 hours with lots of cursing. This is probably the reason the alignment guys in the past could only get so close with the alignment specs and called what I got "good enough". LOL
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    They're even more of a pain when you've got shorties that hang over the nuts on the passenger side lol...

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    They're even more of a pain when you've got shorties that hang over the nuts on the passenger side lol...
    Yeah, the last time I had the R/T aligned the guy said he couldn't get to a bolt because the header was in the way. Now that I have it apart, I can see that the bushings are so bad that the control arm is cocked at a funky angle. No wonder he couldn't get the alignment better. (I'm a little surprised he didn't notice the bushings were so bad since he was fighting with it. )
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    I figured out I could get a socket on it by undoing the motor mount bolt on that side and raising the engine up a touch. Alignment shops aren't big fans of doing that though for some reason.

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    Found a problem area with the 00-04 passenger’s side offset pivot shaft. It won’t fit through the sleeve needed for the Energy Suspension OEM replacement polyurethane bushings. I’d rather not mess around with custom bushings and inner sleeves for limited sales potential if I can help it. I also like the idea of having available easy replacements if necessary. I do have an idea that may work so its off to the steel yard to pick up some supplies for further R&D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98Dak408 View Post
    Found a problem area with the 00-04 passenger’s side offset pivot shaft. It won’t fit through the sleeve needed for the Energy Suspension OEM replacement polyurethane bushings. I’d rather not mess around with custom bushings and inner sleeves for limited sales potential if I can help it. I also like the idea of having available easy replacements if necessary. I do have an idea that may work so its off to the steel yard to pick up some supplies for further R&D.

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    This is about Plan F that I’m giving some thought to now. lol For the passenger’s side, the pivot shaft will fit through the outer sleeve at one end that is welded to the A-arm. Then a smaller sleeve that holds the bushing will fit through that once the shaft is in place. I’ll probably have to pin it with a set screw or two to keep it from turning at that point so it pivots at the actual bushing and bushing inner sleeve. If the fit is tighter it probably won’t need pinning but I have to figure that out yet.





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    I might even be able to knurl the bushing sleeve for a press fit inside the a-arm outer sleeve. This does complicate manufacturing though.

    Also, if the design permits, simply bolting everything up tight may lock it into place.
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    Ordering a selection of universal poly bushings to see if that will make things less complicated.
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    Inner and outer sleeves is how Mitsubishi did the lowers on the 3G Eclipse, though they were pressed in. I know because when doing poly bushings you have to burn the bushing out then cut the inner sleeve before the polys can go in.

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    Ordering a selection of universal poly bushings to see if that will make things less complicated.
    Received a variety of universal bushings. All I can say is that was a waste of money.
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    Contacting various companies to see about casting a poly bushing to my own specs. I'm a little worried that they will want an initial order that is too expensive and optimistic of sales potential but I'll see what they say.
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    Contacting various companies to see about casting a poly bushing to my own specs. I'm a little worried that they will want an initial order that is too expensive and optimistic of sales potential but I'll see what they say.
    Surprised at how quickly I am getting some price quotes. However, the tooling charges and minimum quantity is more than I can recoup on potential sales so that is probably not going to happen.
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    I'll dig through my receipts but I rebuilt my tubular upper control arms with new ball joints and bushings like in 2010 and they were a readily available urethane bushing.
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    I'll dig through my receipts but I rebuilt my tubular upper control arms with new ball joints and bushings like in 2010 and they were a readily available urethane bushing.
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