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    Default MKIV rear axle beam bushing replacement

    I have new bushings for the rear axle and am wondering if it is worth buying the schwaben tool for $70 or if anyone has any good advice on how best to replace these bushings.

    https://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen...ion/ES2823090/

    If anyone has that tool and would be interested in selling/loaning/renting/etc please let me know

    I'm not on the forum too often anymore so please send me an e-mail
    sean.sonnabend@gmail.com

    thanks
    [] 337 GTI [] 02 A4 Avant 1.8t [] 77 BMW R60/7 [] 03 Suzuki SV650 [] 09 Honda Pilot []

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    I would recommend picking it up. Tough job to do without the right tools.

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    I personally just did it, but I had the beam out, so that helps. Anyway, I just used a hydraulic press.

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    I have the tool. Let me know if you wanted to use it.

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    I made a tool (if you buy the plastic casing bushings) works like a champ for $2 lol
    you're looking up used handguns at school? welcomed to the flagged student list
    Your cock blocking like half the people on eurowerks with that statement.

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    I was planning to take the beam out to do it but I heard even at that it's tough to align it on a press.

    05gli - I'd love to use it... any chance you get up to mpls/stp anytime soon? I don't get down to Rochester very often/ever

    I've seen some of the DIY tools for this and having made my own tools for other jobs (like rebuilding subaru heads) I'd rather use something that is right for the job and save myself a lot of frustration and busted knuckles... that said... do you have any pics of the tool you made? I'm not sure what you mean by "plastic casing bushings" I just picked up OEM replacements.

    Thanks guys
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    I rarely get to the cities... I could have sent it with my wife today she was in the cities for work.

    Can always drop it in the mail. It'd probably fit in one of those 6$ flat rate boxes.

    Mine looks like this and has been used on 3-4 different mkiv's now.



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    Hmm. I didn't have any issue lining anything up on a press. I did have someone help hold the beam while I set up the various cups and dies and bushing. Pressing them out was pain. I ended up setting them on fire and hammering them out.

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    Removal trick is to cut a slot into the outer metal race of the bushing with a sawzall. Then just drive out with a hammer and chisel.

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    I know Hamradio made the tool with some all thread and some metal pipe caps with holes drilled in the centers.
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    Now is where I politely tell you to go fuck yourself.

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    Further Performance has the tool. Perhaps give them a ring to see if they'll lend it out?
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    I can attest to the size of the nuts.

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    05gli - thanks for the offer to send it up. I might take you up on it but I'll try a couple other avenues first

    10-15 years ago I would have been all about making a tool but I always end up spending more time running back and forth to menards than working on the car... fixing cars brings a sense of accomplishment, driving back and forth across town just frustrates and wastes gas
    [] 337 GTI [] 02 A4 Avant 1.8t [] 77 BMW R60/7 [] 03 Suzuki SV650 [] 09 Honda Pilot []

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    I'll be up at feldmanns and Motorwerks Wednesday and could bring the tool from Rochester if Reid was cool with that.
    you're looking up used handguns at school? welcomed to the flagged student list
    Your cock blocking like half the people on eurowerks with that statement.

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    Fine with me.

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    damn, thanks for the offer guys. sorry I missed these posts.

    feel free to e-mail me direct if you guys have another chance to set this up.
    [] 337 GTI [] 02 A4 Avant 1.8t [] 77 BMW R60/7 [] 03 Suzuki SV650 [] 09 Honda Pilot []

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