Well semi congrats....here we are days later and I'm ready to pull my hair out, whoever said "it can turn into a nightmare" you're not wrong. I got the shock and everything ready to go except the camber kit....I have 3 of 4 coilovers installed. 1 of 2 rear camber kits installed. Actually, both are installed now but the arm it connects too well I'll tell ya....the same side that had the ceased shock has ceased everything. I replaced the front end's bushings and control arms a year ago or so and thought that sucked. This is so much worse. So here's where it's at the bushing where the camber kit would go in is ceased. The bushing where the upper control arm meets the knuckle So thus I could not remove the upper control arm from the knuckle. I let it soak for 1 day in PB tried to punch it out, shock the bolt, heat it, use a ratchet to get it spinning (snapped the head off) the nut came off though so, I was left with a broken bolt with a threaded end sticking out. Let it soak/heat/shock attempt/hammer/twist for a total of 4 days for the record throughout all this. Tried an extraction kit day 2. That sucked the “extractor” never gripped. So I tapped the hole I made with a M8X1.25 and got a 14mm head bolt to screw into the old bolt so I could wrench on it again and try to break it free with PB/heat combo again. Broke that bolt too eventually. So re drilled and tried a better extaction kit day 3. That one was much better the twist type extractor absolutely gripped, even twisted the rubber but the bolt refused to break free from the inner bushing sleeve. For the record, this bushing was stuck when I made the post about the shock too and was soaking as well as occasionally being worked on. All that was done with the pieces still in the car. Yesterday Day 4 I decided to pull the entire knuckle and upper control arm, so I remove the hub the other control arm and etc to get this piece out. Decided to try to drill it out all the while using the better extraction kit whenever trying to get the bolt to break loose from the bushing. I had to cut the bracket in order to remove it as I didn't have a dremel that could get at the bolt without removing the bracket first. (It’s fine don’t care about the bracket a new one needs to be installed from the camber kit anyways.) So removed the entire piece and drilled/extract attempt/drill again etc. Did that all last night even drilled 2 different size holes through the whole bolt STILL was holding onto that bushing by rust....like FR!? It'd rather be drilled through twice than release from that bushing. Okay? So I figured screw it, you wanna be drilled lets drill! Got the best damn drill bit I could buy today to get this DONE! right!? WRONG! Got home from work was like HELL YEAH lets get it! Drilled halfway through the bushing going smooth chomping away.....the outer rubber lets go.....rubber spins....drilling ceases.....I have a half drilled out bolt with a hole too small for my camber kit bolt. A ruined bushing that I know is ceased beyond all belief, the bushing now moves but inner sleeve, yeah ceased...the rest of the control arm wont even come apart entirely its ceased up so.....yeah. They don't sell the rear upper control arm with bushings in it or out of it for that matter.....so I'm back to square one essentially. I need an entirely new (junkyard kind of new) rear upper control arm and the knuckle. My knuckle is fine but honestly I'm afraid to try to get this bolt connecting the knuckle and the upper control arm out since it is the reason I chose the pull all of it as the bushing spins before the bolt breaks loose. But yeah figured I'd update ya and let you all know it wasn't over at that last post. The coilovers have yet to have the entire weight of the car due to our 5 day bushing!
So yeah cross my fingers and hope I can find one that isn’t as ceased as mine was. Really don’t wanna pay the price of having a new bushing pressed in….I don’t have a press for that, the up front ones I was able to rig out fairly easily compared to this. Plus getting the outer sleeve of this bushing out to do it myself I honestly don’t even wanna discuss or think about right now. They don't sell this bushing either they do sell the other one on this arm but not the two in the back that attach to the chassis. The entire rear end kit is like $70-100 depending on the color. Anyone have and like those? Even with that still have the issue of the outer sleeve of the bushing being clearly rusted and ceased along with the rest of the the driver's rear end. So pull a different one is the most promising I think for me. Unless anyone knows where you can buy a new upper control arm? For just in case purposes at least? Or if anyone has a spare one? Part car extra maybe??
Weigh in with options, if you so feel, wanna get it back on the road!