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3/3/13 12:59pm - Original Message: ''Heavy Duty''
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   I'm looking into the future a bit, but this spring I'll have to replace the radiator in my '79. In the spirit of "while I'm at it" I'm going to install that VB&P Front End Rebuild Kit I bought a few years ago.
   It just plain seems crazy to leave the old and worn front suspension alone while the radiator is out. I'll bet getting at the A arm bolts and other things will be much easier.
   I noticed that VB&P kit refers to their replacement Idler Arm as "Heavy Duty Idler Arm." What makes it "Heavy Duty"? Is it much different from the old stock one that'll be coming off?
   Just interested to see what you folks have to say.
 
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P.S. I won't be doing much of this work myself. My brother in law is a mechanic and I'll be doing whatever grunt work I can handle. Otherwise I'll be there to cheer him on. Just might learn a thing or two.  
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3/3/13 10:29pm - Reply: 'Re: 'Heavy Duty''
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Typically, a stock type idler will have rubber bushings. Some that are sold as "Heavy Dooty" have bronze bushings that need greasing, and some have actual ball/roller bearings in place of the rubber. Just depends on the manufacturer. Sometimes, HD only means the parts are thicker/beefier.

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3/4/13 10:56am - Reply: 'Re: 'Heavy Duty''
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I don't have the kit here to reply what type of bushings are on the Idler Arm. It's down at the shop.
I'll give it a look when I get back down there.
 
I'm looking forward to tighter steering when the front end is done! Heck, I might even be able to return "the wave" to other Corvettes again instead of white knuckling it to keep it on the road.LOL Nah, it's not that bad but it needs doin'.
Thanks for weighing in, Joel!
 
Kevin


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