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Old 10-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I always go to harbor freight at least once a week and buy random shit i dont need.
Well i was working on my car and needed new bushing on my tl which apparently need new bushing every 30k miles and new pressure switches at the same time as preventative maintenance lol, anyone looking for one do not buy a 04-06 one please unless its a 6 speed.

called local shop and they wanted 180-240 to press them out. 6 bushing total. I was like fuck that went to harbor freight and got the press for a little under $160. the 12 ton have shitty reviews but was significantly cheaper. I went with the 20 ton

it was pretty typical hf shit. their welds and bolts are always shitty but they work so who cares. assembled in a couple minutes and pressed the new bushing in less time it would take me to go to the shop and back. overall a very cool tool to buy and works great. Even though ill never use it again most likely but for 160 bucks i can throw it away when it breaks.

I'd rate it a 9.5/10 for what you get
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Do the new Honda/acuras still use press hubs/bearings?
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I picked up the 12 ton hf press back in the day, 5 years later little guys still going strong, had some sketch moments, broke a couple things with it but works pretty well,
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Do the new Honda/acuras still use press hubs/bearings?
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I picked up the 12 ton hf press back in the day, 5 years later little guys still going strong, had some sketch moments, broke a couple things with it but works pretty well,
yeah i looked at the 12 ton and then the 6 ton i knew all of them would get the job done but for what I was saving from the shops charging me might as well spent that money on the biggest one. I personally never had issues with bushing and whatnot but alot of my freinds always need bushing and we get charged liek 20 dollars a bushing. now we can just do them for free
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<---- Acura tech.

I'm assuming it was the compliance bushings on the lower control arms?

And pressure switches aren't something I see TOO often, usually mdx's and pre 04 tl's. Auto tranny's straight suck in those though. If you have an 04/05 you are probably fighting rear inside tire wear all the time too.
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HF Fan too. Was thinking about a press until I made an S shape out of a solid pry bar. I am in good shape but that thing twisted relatively easy. LOL
So was holding out. Good to hear a good review. Thanks
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I like mine- been using it for many years now with the stock arbor plates even though some folks have had issues with theirs. I modified the press so the crossbar would stay aligned through its travel with some ball headed thrust screws and it was well worth the effort! (Prior post describing mod.)
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That is a very good idea. I'll have to do that to mine, eventually.

I got one a few weeks ago. It's been a lifesaver doing double flares on brake lines. Couldn't get them with the hand tool, used the anvil and clamp bar in the press. Came out super well.
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I'm assuming it was the compliance bushings on the lower control arms?

And pressure switches aren't something I see TOO often, usually mdx's and pre 04 tl's. Auto tranny's straight suck in those though. If you have an 04/05 you are probably fighting rear inside tire wear all the time too.
yeah that control arm bushing. On the forums its a common thing to change every 30k miles while i have not noticed a difference I know of alot of poeple that say it has helped their transmission shift into gears although ive never had a shifting problem either. I have a problem where the transmission will clunk into reverse like its on an incline. from neutral its fine though

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I like mine- been using it for many years now with the stock arbor plates even though some folks have had issues with theirs. I modified the press so the crossbar would stay aligned through its travel with some ball headed thrust screws and it was well worth the effort! (Prior post describing mod.)
yeah the stock plates are pretty sketchy I was scared as shit using them lol.
If they shatter I dont think the outcome will be pretty. Ill prob do a mod on it soon enough to get rid of the play maybe add like cutting board material inside the tabs
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I bought my 20 ton for wheel bearing and new hubs. Works like a champ.
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I always go to harbor freight at least once a week and buy random shit i dont need.
Well i was working on my car and needed new bushing on my tl which apparently need new bushing every 30k miles and new pressure switches at the same time as preventative maintenance lol, anyone looking for one do not buy a 04-06 one please unless its a 6 speed.

called local shop and they wanted 180-240 to press them out. 6 bushing total. I was like fuck that went to harbor freight and got the press for a little under $160. the 12 ton have shitty reviews but was significantly cheaper. I went with the 20 ton

it was pretty typical hf shit. their welds and bolts are always shitty but they work so who cares. assembled in a couple minutes and pressed the new bushing in less time it would take me to go to the shop and back. overall a very cool tool to buy and works great. Even though ill never use it again most likely but for 160 bucks i can throw it away when it breaks.

I'd rate it a 9.5/10 for what you get

why? that sounds right to me.
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When you can buy a tool for the same price and do it in the same amount of time, many people will buy the tool.

I have the same press (good ol' single 25% off coupon!) and it works great. I had some older civic LCA's it would not press the bushings out of, but I think I just pussed out on how much pressure it would take to get them moving. I also didn't have my lathe yet, so I had to fake the pressing tool to press the installed bushing squarely. It's done everything else I've asked of it, including pressing in new bushings & bearings.

One thing I want to do is fab up a "press brake". It basically turns it into a metal bending press, and this model is shown doing 1/4" steel bars at 90*.

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When you can buy a tool for the same price and do it in the same amount of time, many people will buy the tool.

I have the same press (good ol' single 25% off coupon!) and it works great. I had some older civic LCA's it would not press the bushings out of, but I think I just pussed out on how much pressure it would take to get them moving. I also didn't have my lathe yet, so I had to fake the pressing tool to press the installed bushing squarely. It's done everything else I've asked of it, including pressing in new bushings & bearings.

One thing I want to do is fab up a "press brake". It basically turns it into a metal bending press, and this model is shown doing 1/4" steel bars at 90*.
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I go on slickdeals and get the 30% off and free item every week i go up to harbor freight. works out well.

I think this thing has enough power bend the civic lca 90 degrees
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Never thought of using it as a brake press. Dang I'm looking into that now..
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for sure
I go on slickdeals and get the 30% off and free item every week i go up to harbor freight. works out well.

I think this thing has enough power bend the civic lca 90 degrees
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