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April 7, 2016 6:27 p.m.

I bought a used set of springs for my C5 sight-unseen and was disappointed when they arrived missing half the bushings on each. The seller explained that he had bought some aftermarket springs that came without bushings, so his mechanic cut the bushings off these (but only half, for some reason?) and used them to install his new springs. He apparently didn't know this wasn't a normal thing to do and was surprised that I considered it a problem. Anyway, it's a nice clean set of low-mileage springs, and instead of going through the trouble of shipping them back, I decided to keep them and try to make them work by reusing the bushings from my old springs.

The guy who removed them did a pretty clean job, but it seems like he cut through the very bottom of the rubber and left most of the adhesive on the spring. My best idea so far is to use a wire saw, like the kind you would remove a windshield with, to remove the bushings from my old springs, then re-attach them to these with 3M Window-weld urethane adhesive. If anyone has any other ideas on how to cleanly remove & re-attach these bushings, I'd love to hear them.

Here's a picture I took after cleaning off the remaining rubber with a razor blade, so you can see what I'm dealing with:

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