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Old 08-05-2012, 07:23 PM   #91
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Time to install the rear trailing arm bushings. I'm going to use T3 Technique Powerflex polyurethane suspension bushings on the entire bus. From everything that I've read they really help to improve the handling.

Here's the copper 2" x 1.5" reducer bushing that I picked up at the hardware store to use as a installation tool. I'll use this with a piece of all thread and a few washers to install the bushings.




It took a few tries to get this down where it would work. To install the bushing start off with the all thread and washers to pull the well greased suspension bushing into the reducer bushing. Once the suspension bushing is in the throat of the reducer bushing you need to stop and tip the control arm up, resting on the copper bushing. You have to keep pressure on the copper bushing (Pressing it tight against the trailing arm) otherwise the suspension bushing will separate the copper bushing and trailing arm when it pops through the reducer.

Once the suspension bushing is drawn into the trailing arm most of the way remove the washer and replace with a large socket (piece of pipe ect) so you can finish pulling the bushing through (The socket is needed so the edge of the suspension busing has room to poke through.

Step One.



Step Two




Trailing arm back in place.




Use LOTS of grease on the bushings. I used Bel-Ray Waterproof grease and slathered them heavily.




Getting back together again.




I thought about power washing the entire underside and re-applying a fresh coating of undercoating.....but the undercoating that's on there is in pretty decent cond (dirty) and I have to draw the line somewhere so I can try to finish the project up before it gets to cold this winter. I'll spot detail certain areas etc instead.

Lots more to come.

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #92
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Nice update and pictures. Thanks
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:49 AM   #93
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Great work so far Tom. Thanks for sharing the tips and tricks.
I really enjoy reading about your projects and still appreciate the assist you gave me years ago with my GS.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #94
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Hodaka,

You do such a great job on detailing your exploits. I would almost bet you work for Boeing or one of those guys there in your area.

Nice job.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #95
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Man - I got tired just reading the thread. That is a LOT of work. How many hours you have in the project thus far do you think?

I seriously wanna' buy it when it's done. Count me as "standing in line".

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #96
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Hodaka,

You do such a great job on detailing your exploits. I would almost bet you work for Boeing or one of those guys there in your area.

Nice job.
Thanks, nope I work for a natural gas pipeline. I enjoy documenting trips, builds etc. Fun to read years down the road :-)

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:13 PM   #97
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Man - I got tired just reading the thread. That is a LOT of work. How many hours you have in the project thus far do you think?

I seriously wanna' buy it when it's done. Count me as "standing in line".

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I haven't been keeping track of the hrs, it would probably scare me when I'm done

This one won't be for sale!....Now if someone offered me an INSANE amount

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Old 08-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #98
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I haven't been keeping track of the hrs, it would probably scare me when I'm done

This one won't be for sale!....Now if someone offered me an INSANE amount

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$20 would be insane, wouldn't it?
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:14 PM   #99
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$20 would be insane, wouldn't it?

That would buy you a ride around the block. :-) Lol

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #100
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I would be willing to bet that $20,000 wouldn't even be enough.

But perhaps double that might?




Would you take a check?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:34 PM   #101
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I would be willing to bet that $20,000 wouldn't even be enough.

But perhaps double that might?

Would you take a check?
Are you a hot Nigerian Princess?
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:29 AM   #102
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You should get in touch with the Gatosbros for some cool aluminum parts and bits. Between you and them a swear I don't know why you guys don't start your own bike company.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:37 PM   #103
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Not a lot of progress on my Westy lately, Been working etc. Did manage to take a camping trip with family and friends last weekend, it sure would have been nice to have the westy along!

Tonight's progress....well on Mikes bus anyways :-). Mike recently sold his H6 and he's going to install a 2.5L, tonight was the night to remove the H6 so it can be transported to it's new home.

Almost ready to pull.




Using a shop vac to suck the coolant out of the system, just crack the bleed up front and you can suck most of the coolant out of the system....nice and clean.




Dropping the engine/trans down.




Disconnecting a few last minute wires/hoses.




Disconnecting the Link ECU




Raising the rear a little more to get clearance to slide the engine out.






Engine/Trans out






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Old 08-21-2012, 01:17 AM   #104
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Really enjoying reading this, I'm relieved to see that I'm not the only person working outside but you seem to have a lot less rain than we do!

It looks like that's a big old lump there, how does the weight of the Subaru motor compare with the VW original?

Cheers

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:06 AM   #105
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Thanks to the OP I've purchased a powder coating kit and a sandblasting cabinet. Hopefully my end results look as good.
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