Has anyone tried putting the spindles in an oven and warming them and putting the bushings in the freezer to aid in installation? They might just fall into the spindles instead of pressing them in
You can install them with a hydraulic press after smearing grease on the outside. Then you must ream them with the proper tool.
I haven't tried that method, but it certainly should help if you don't have a press or hefty bench vise.
A hydraulic press is one of those tools, that after you get it, you wonder how you got along without it. It's hard to match for applying large forces precisely in a well controlled manner.
I got mine at Harbor Freight, it has served me well for many years.
Douglas, a press works fine. If you don't have a press you could use a piece of all thread with two washers and nuts to pull the bushings into the spindles.
I wouldn't risk the wrath of SWMBO by putting them in the oven. I would suggest using the BBQ instead.
I haven't purchased spindle bushings for quite a while, but 10 years ago most of them were too large OD and would split perfectly good spindles when forced in. Measure the ID of your spindles and the OD of the bushings, the bushings should only be about .0015 to .003 larger to provide a good press fit, IMHO. I don't have a Machinist's Handbook handy to see the recommended interference fit.
I'll give the the oven a shot and let u guys know how I made out
You can use a vice to press them in. Dan