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Old 04-24-2019, 10:53 AM
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DIY bushing press? Any adapter kits out there? Ideas?

Need to press in a new bushing on the lower control arm on my 2008 E350 4matic but it’s the “strut bushing” and MB doesn’t have a tool for this.

The bushing is 50.9mm OD, and very thin walled so a socket might damage it.

Does anyone make a tool kit full of various press adapters that might work for me?

What other options do I have here to make up an adapter? The issue is making sure the middle is recessed in so that it doesn’t stress the inner rubber piece that protrudes.

I thought about a socket, but I feel like due to the thin walls it might just crush the outer shell.

Any thoughts?
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I rented a screw type from advance auto,or take part to a shop with a press
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I rented a screw type from advance auto,or take part to a shop with a press
I already own a screw type tool that worked on the inner control arm bushings. The only thing I need is an adapter.

Was hoping to own an adapter kit I that has various sizes including approx 50mm for future uses but all I can find is adapters for bearings which are flat and obviously won’t work since it’ll stretch the rubber
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I already own a screw type tool that worked on the inner control arm bushings. The only thing I need is an adapter.

Was hoping to own an adapter kit I that has various sizes including approx 50mm for future uses but all I can find is adapters for bearings which are flat and obviously won’t work since it’ll stretch the rubber
Autozone is now renting the insitu bearing removal and install kit for 150 dollars. It has a bunch of adapters. Check your local store and go see it in person - take your bushing with you.

Or you can use dry ice on the bushing and heat up the arm boss to put it in.
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Just replace the arm.
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Just replace the arm.
On the 4matics they are $550/each. I already pressed in the regular LCA bushings so it’s just the strut bushing left on each side that are split. Not spending $1100 when each bushing is $8
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