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Old October 21st, 2017, 06:53 PM
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Grommets for the Rad/intercooler frame?

Anyone have a secret to getting the 8 grommets that secure the rad and intercooler inside the frame?
They are super tight and I'm looking for an easier way to get the bottom 4 in without pulling the frame out and having to disconnect everything.

The rad and intercooler will lift up a bit to give me some room to work.
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They are a pain in the ass to put in even with the frame out of the truck. Try to lube them up with petroleum jelly before installation.

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Bicycle tire iron to push them in.
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The originals were tapered on one side. They were difficult even with lube. Most aftermarket I've seen are squared off on both sides making them almost impossible to install in situ. I use white lithium grease, but I like the vasoline idea.
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Not sure why y'all are having trouble. Getting old ones out has been my issue- I just cut them with a serated knife anymore. I did 4 chassis in 10 mins a couple weeks ago. I guess the key is to have relatively recent manufacture grommets/bushings so they are still pliable. I was able to compress and pop them in with no tools or lubes.
Bought a bag of 10 from LRDirect, don't recall who made them.
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warm them up.. put them in a warm place for a few days to soften them up then use silicon spray and they will pop in.

I prefer to warm them up by sitting them on the central heating hot water tank rather than putting them in boiling water.
having a very blunt screwdriver to ease them in helps,

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