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Having trouble reinstalling rear knuckles with energy suspension bushings

Passenger side went in tough but the driver side isn't even close. What am I doing wrong?
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The thick bushing on top is on the wrong side. For the bottom not sure why it's not lining up.

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I second that the top bushing is backwards. What did you use to press them? It looks like the knuckle is bent.

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blackcat pressed them in, I thought it looked bent too but would of thought a cast part would of broke before bending
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You may want to take a measurement against the other side and see. I'd imagine you could bend that aluminum a bit before it would fail. The fat part of the top bushing goes toward the rear on both sides. You may have them swapped.

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I do have a spare I will just pull out and compare, i'll post up pictures later. hopefully black cat pipes in here soon
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Oopsy, yeah just swap the top bushings around. Just punch the center ferrule out with a bolt or socket, then you can tap the bushing apart by putting an extension in the hole and tapping one half out then the other, flip the bushings and just tap them back in with a rubber mallet. They are a two piece bushing. My bad man, simple mistake, but easy to fix.



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As far as the lower ears, i have had them be slightly off like that before, just get one ear in on one side and use a prybar on the other to flex the aluminum till it goes it, it will be fine. Another thing you can do is use either a bottle jack or a large vice to expand or contract the distance between the ears of the knuckle, just be careful and dont overdo it.



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did you press out the old bearings using a press or how did you remove them?
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did you press out the old bearings using a press or how did you remove them?
Yes I used a press with a sleeve cup under the bearing to catch it as per the ford manual. Had no issues. What method did you use to install the hub into the bearing/knuckle assembly?



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The sleeve cup isnt to "catch" the bearing. The Ford rotunda tool has a sleeve to support the knuckle in the press.

Pressing the hubs in is more critical, using an old bearing to support the backside of the new bearing before installing the snap ring so you dont press the center of the bearing out.

Sure its an easy fix, but still a fucked up install. Better to do it right the first time.
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Sct, thats what i meant, had it there supporting the knuckle around the bearing slot and it catches the bearing too.

Yeah I didn't install the hubs, he did that part himself, not sure what method he used to do it or support it, which is why I asked.



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I had napa press them in
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They probably didn't support the ears properly, good news is you can fix that yourself.



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