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1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby positive » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:57 pm

The rear most leaf spring bushings (where the spring and shackle meet) are fried on my 1995 Rodeo. I believe these bushings are pressed in. Can anybody confirm this. I read where they are NOT pressed in and I read where they ARE pressed in. They need to be replaced and I do most of my own work. Any insight is appreciated. THX.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby Hack » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:52 pm

Haven't works on a 1st gen Rodoe, but the bushings on 1st gen Troopers are rubber just pushed in by hand. The problem is getting the old bushings out. I found using some heat helps free them.

Jerry Lemond (pm JLemond) has the OEM bushings.
Matt at Independent4x.com has polly replacements. Matt also has replacement bolts that have lube fittings.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby positive » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:14 pm

Thanks Hack.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby geoffinbc » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:46 pm

Buy poly replacements if you can. Rubber won't last the same on the old pins. If its in the budget greasable replacement shackles with poly bushings are the way to go. To get by for a year for cheap get stock rubber.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby positive » Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:03 pm

Thanks for that tip.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby sonnysfd626 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:45 am

Not sure if you have replaced the bushings yet or not, but just in case....
They are pushed in by hand. Just replaced them on my 96. They can be a little stuck sometimes, but nothing a little loving won't take care of. Also, as said above, the poly bushings are for sure the way to go.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby positive » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:56 am

I have not replaced them yet. Wow, pushed in by hand. That is what I suspected. So, it looks like a metal sleeve stays in the leaf spring and the bushing is pressed in by hand. I was wondering why I am receiving $500 + quotes to have them replaced, and why so many people say they are pressed in. Thanks, I will probably replace them this weekend. will go poly.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby Hack » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:37 pm

Maybe because it is difficult to get the old ones out. Basically you jack up the rear of the truck and support the frame with stands. Then you put a jack under the rear dif to support the axle. A couple of additional stands on the axle is even better. Now you remove the bolts one section at a time. Once the bolts are out you will probably find that you cannot remove the old bushing. I found some heat with a propane torch will free them up. You then clean out the mess and install the new bushing. The hard part is lining everything back up to get the bolt back in place. This is where the jack under the dif and a second set of hands helps. Be care not to stress the brake lines!
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RIP: 1998 4WD Rodeo, Auto, 3.2L -- Ruined by Daughter #1 with Russian assistance. Parted out. Sent to crusher.
RIP: 1989 Troop 2.6L 5spd --- Stripped of all good parts. Body and rotted frame sent to the crusher.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby positive » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:34 pm

Hack, OK, thanks for that info. It looks like just the poly or rubber bushing comes out. I was under the impression that the bushing was in a metal sleeve, and that metal sleeve was pressed into the leaf. I see why this is simple. Some youtube videos showed guys using chisels and hammering out a sleeve that was pressed in the leaf. Of course, those videos were for a different year rodeo.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby Hack » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:56 pm

Heat works best.
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Daily Driver: 1995 Trooper Limited, Auto, 3.2L DOHC, Rear LSD, HD Torsion Bars, Moog Cc812s, Cooper Discoverer A/T3 245/70-16
Trail Truck: 2001 Amigo, Auto, 3.2L, Rear LSD, Front Aussie Locker, DOR Drop Dif, HD Torsion Bars, OME 912s, BFG M/T KA2 33x10.5R15
RIP: 1988 Troop 2.6L 5spd. Burnt valve(s). Damaged frame. Parted out. Sent to crusher.
RIP: 1998 4WD Rodeo, Auto, 3.2L -- Ruined by Daughter #1 with Russian assistance. Parted out. Sent to crusher.
RIP: 1989 Troop 2.6L 5spd --- Stripped of all good parts. Body and rotted frame sent to the crusher.
RIP: 1999 2WD Amigo, Auto, 3.2L -- Engine blown and body damaged by Daughter #2. Parted out. Sent to crusher.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby geoffinbc » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:05 pm

Some leaf springs do have the press in bushings which can be brutal to change. But Isuzu ones are all easy to swap out.
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Re: 1995 Rodeo Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

Postby positive » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:10 pm

That's what I thought. When you say easy swap out, it sounds like the swap out is just the poly or rubber bushing (by hand or maybe a screwdriver), if you will, and not a metal sleeve that is part of the bushing (like in a front upper arm bushing).
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