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    Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    Is it OK to "sand" down the lower-inner control arm bushings, just a bit? I installed mine using grease and a press and they're in there alright, but awfully tight and a bit elongated/squashed. Should I have sanded them down more? I ran them in a drill for maybe 20 seconds and just didn't want to take more rubber off. Thoughts?

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    Re: Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    The two piece (metal and plastic) units on my 3 didn't even pretend to fit. I had to scrape the plastic parts with a razor blade. It took hours. You might want to go back to the rubber.
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    Re: Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    I could be wrong, but I believe the rubber ones (4A and onwards, different than TR2-4) are supposed to be a tight fit in the arms. The rubber deflects with suspension movement, rather than turning as the nylon ones do.
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    Re: Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    The lower inner bushings are usually provided as nylon with steel inserts. Are you really installing rubber ones? If you are using a standard kit, I think you may be installing the inner upper rubber bushings in the wrong place?
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    Re: Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    Not sure what model Triumph you are working on - if memory serves me, a 4A? Anyhow, for my 4A, I did not need to sand any bushings (magic kit, poly, from TRF). I think I may have had to press in some bushings with a vice (low force), but definitely did not modify any of the parts.
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    Re: Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    Sorry for the late response. My car is a 4A. Those rubber/neoprene lower, inner bushings are deadly tight, and I do need to press them in but the fit is so tight that I did lightly sand the rubber down a bit. They are really stout and heavy with steel tube inserts where the bolt slides in.

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    Re: Pressing in the Lower Control Arm Bushing

    I just looked at my photos and remember those bushings. I believe I pressed them in with a vice and appropriate sockets. The one "trouble" spot I had was the lower outer bushings; I could not get the bolt to go through the metal sleeves. I put "trouble" in quotes, as it was a non-issue, just some gentle persuasion and the bolt slipped in.
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