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Y'all,

Yet another item to correct before I get my '57 back on the road -- the idler arm bushings are ripped apart for the Nth time. They were probably ready to separate when I parked the car ten years ago, because when I pushed on the idler to check its integrity, the rubber went to pieces. The steering on Tri-Fives has got to be the worst-engineered part on the car, what with the non-replaceable ball on the Pitman arm and these bushings that pretty much rip apart on the first turn after you install them! :thumpdown:

I've got a rack-and-pinion kit on the shelf, but won't be installing it soon. I also know about the idler arm bearing retrofits (and have an early version from about 15 years ago that I didn't install 'cause it seemed poorly designed), but don't really want to go that route since it wouldn't be on the car that long.

So, are there any polyurethane idler arm bushings out there? I've done a number of searches here and on the internet, but haven't found any.

Thanks in advance,
Shawn
 

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no reason to bother with poly idler bushings, the bearings are WAY better than anything poly could do........poor man's power steering ! and they will live forever if greased occasionally.
 

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There's really no way to put a zerk on the Danchuk bearing kit.

When I tore down my project, it had nylon races for a ball bearing kit that had zerks. (80s or earlier stuff) What a pile of junk!

I don't see any problem with hand lubing the Danchuk kit, and then renewing that by hand every 2-3 years.
 

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There's really no way to put a zerk on the Danchuk bearing kit.

When I tore down my project, it had nylon races for a ball bearing kit that had zerks. (80s or earlier stuff) What a pile of junk!

I don't see any problem with hand lubing the Danchuk kit, and then renewing that by hand every 2-3 years.
what he said ^ !
 

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i learned something VERY interesting today while getting stuff gathered up for the "big" swap meet this weekend. '55 '56 '57 poly shackle bushings could be used at the idler arm.
Same OD and ID, but they are a bit too long you'd have to cut them. simple job, then boom, poly idler arm bushings...........FWIW.
 
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