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Username Post: torsion bar cushion install issues        (Topic#366493)
george88gta 
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09-23-21 07:59 AM - Post#2827777    

2003 Silverado 1500 WT 4wd. I finally got around to try and install the new Dorman cross member cushions. Not fun. I started with the drivers side, the cushion mount was completely rusted thru. I managed to get the cushion past the anti lock brake module, the evap canister bracket ( welded in) and the fuel lines. It gets hung up on the slot in the cross member. Plan is to remove the cross member to cushion bolt on the passenger side to see if I can move the cross member to get enough clearance for the cushion to drop in. If that doesnt work, is removing the cross member the only option? Any tricks to remove the cross member? Any other ideas to try and get the cushion installed?



Edited by george88gta on 09-23-21 08:26 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
someotherguy 
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09-23-21 08:37 AM - Post#2827778    
    In response to george88gta

I've never done this job so unfortunately I can't offer help towards that end - but I do have to ask, are these parts not available from GM? Dorman quality varies greatly from item to item, generally poor overall though, and I don't trust their rubber products at all. For example, I just spent $90 on a coolant hose assembly from GM with that stupid plastic Y-connector in it where Dorman has an assembly for $35 with an aluminum connector (which I really would prefer).. I simply just don't trust Dorman.

I just hate to see you battle through a tough job only to use a part that could fail prematurely and you suffer through it all over again too soon.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
george88gta 
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george88gta
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09-23-21 09:05 AM - Post#2827783    
    In response to someotherguy

Since the torsion bars and the cross member werent available, I didnt closely check the mounts. After purchasing the Dormans, I did find that if you dig deeper, they are available from GM. Hope I didnt buy myself additional work.



 
george88gta 
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10-01-21 03:13 PM - Post#2828358    
    In response to george88gta

Latest update. I was able to complete the removal of both cushions. The drivers side had rusted thru and was in 3 pieces. Passenger side severely rusted but still intact. Process was, unload the torsion bars, drill/grind out the cushion rivets. The cross member was free to move left and right so I had access to the cushions. I put under-lift stands under the front axle and the cross member. Now for the cleaning and painting and then reinstall. Wasnt an extremely difficult job once I figured out the safest way to handle the job.
Dont see how it could be accomplished without unloading/moving the torsion bars. Anyway, mostly done for now, hope the cushions dont rust like the original ones. Here is a pic of the cushions, for reference.
https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/attachment.php?...




Edited by george88gta on 10-01-21 03:18 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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