Off season Aspen projects have begun

Aspen500

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Yes, they are split. Heck of a thing to get on the bar. Ended up using a nylon wedge tool to help spread them apart and brute strength. They finally went on. I'm still working with my right hand which only has about 25% of normal strength yet, but it's improving every day(!) With two fully functional hands, would have been easier.

Note to self: Always wear nitrile gloves when working with the poly bushing lube. That stuff is very sticky, can't be wiped off, and is almost impossible to wash off. I guess that's the idea behind it though.
 

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Good to know. Thanks
Note to self: Always wear nitrile gloves when working with the poly bushing lube. That stuff is very sticky, can't be wiped off, and is almost impossible to wash off. I guess that's the idea behind it though.
 

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Yesterday i got nowhere with the shackle bushings. Heart just wasn't in it for some reason. Today, different story. The poly bushings are in and it's all back together minus the tires. In a couple weeks I'll be back to work so then can mount the new M/T's. I hadn't realized just how much tread was worn off the rear tires. They're down to about 5/32". No idea how that could have happened in roughly 3,000-3,500 miles, lol. Front tires are mostly at 8/32" except on the inner edge where they're almost smooth. The cause of that has since been fixed with the TSB control arm bracket shims. As for the cause of the rapid wear on the rear tires, there is no solution;)
 

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At long last, I made a trip down to the shop I work at this morning, and mounted the rear tires. I mean mounted the new tires on the wheels, not actually mount the tires, lol. Next weekend (or after work during the week) hope to get the fronts done also. No rush, the way the weather is going for the foreseeable future, I've got plenty of time. :(

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Got the Aspen out for the first time this year and went on a 5 mile test drive. With the poly shackle and sway bar bushings along with the new M/T tires, it's like driving a whole different car. Made a huge improvement. Got rid of the squishy feeling and going around curves doesn't require constant steering correction now. Happy camper (actually I HATE camping, lol).

Plus, all the rattle chasing this winter in the dash and passenger seat did the trick. Not a single squeak or rattle anymore. Makes a car nicer to drive without constant annoying rattles.
 
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