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Fit of bushing to sway bar end? Repair?

Somehow I did not include the sway bars when I had the suspension components powder coated several years ago. After procrastinating all that time, now that I am getting close to driving it I finally got around to having that done and I am sick with the results.

When I dropped them off I told the guy to mask off the ends of the sway bars. Sure enough, I pick them up today and the have a nice thick coat on them. I complained and the guy said he could fix it. I told him do NOT get into the metal. He assured me he would not. After waiting a few minutes I walked back into the shop and he's going at the bar with a sander and I see a burst of sparks. I yell at him to stop. Long story short, I got home and the bushings drop right on to the ends of the sway bars.

This is supposed to be a tight/press fit, right? Is there any good way of salvaging these?
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They should be a press fit

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I picked out what seems to be the closest fitting bushings. They don't slide on freely but I suspect that I could tap them on pretty easily. Is there any way to gauge tight enough?

Is there any good way to rescue these? I am almost literally sick.
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I've got several sway bars down here in Hagerstown. What year is your car? Front or rear?

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yeah just source a replacement. they are readily available.

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Anyone in the powder coating business knows that MEK can be used to remove powder coating.

Is it the end links or the bar itself?

Either way, they owe you a freebie!

Get some replacement parts and take them back. Ask them to make it right and do it right.

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What car is this for? I am going to replace the bar on my 73 GTV with an S4 spider bar so I can get rid of those tiresome pressed on links and use the ball jointed items. You can go that route or buy my stock GTV bar....

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I've got several sway bars down here in Hagerstown. What year is your car? Front or rear?
Bill, that would be fantastic!

My car is a 69 Spider. I need both front and rear sway bars. The links are ok.
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Another example of powder coating overkill. .. Usually get's bad results on backing plates too. .. OCD I'll never be accused of. keep the powder coaters happy with outdoor furniture.
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Yeah, I've got 'em. $20 - $40 each depending on condition. I can pick up some more from storage tomorrow night so you'll have more to choose from. Might want to bring your originals for comparison. Figure out a good time to come down - I'm about 45 minutes from Carlisle. I work from home during the day.

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Awesome! Friday mid morning is most convenient for me but if that is not good I can come any evening. PM an address and best time.

Thank you again!
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Another example of powder coating overkill. .. Usually get's bad results on backing plates too. .. OCD I'll never be accused of. keep the powder coaters happy with outdoor furniture.

I am very, very happy with everything else, including the backing plates. I should have gone back to that powder coater and I will take these there.
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I am very, very happy with everything else, including the backing plates. I should have gone back to that powder coater and I will take these there.
The reason I mentioned backing plates is the Giulietta brakes have a sliding brake cylinder in the rear and more folks have had brake lockup after powder coating because the cylinder won't slide in the plate from paint build up as a result of powder coating. It's just a thing with me to stay away from it , not to save money but to save resulting aggravation that can result in the most in conspicuous way after doing it.. .
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I picked out what seems to be the closest fitting bushings. They don't slide on freely but I suspect that I could tap them on pretty easily. Is there any way to gauge tight enough?

Is there any good way to rescue these? I am almost literally sick.
Yes - you can rescue the bar. What you want to do is to "peen" a few small dimples in the bar end with a punch. This will deform them enough to get a secure press fit for the bushings. Nothing drastic otherwise you won't be able to get the bushing on. Give it a try, at this point you don't have much to lose.
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Agree - ive done this on other parts with success. There is also a loctite made for the purpose. But in this case a replacement bar seems a reasonable repair too.

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