METALS CLUTCH PILOT BUSHING TOOL #22002, #22003, SPRINGERTOOL
Aimed at “gearheads” who work on their own cars, the Clutch Pilot Bushing Tool removes worn-out clutch pilot bushings in vehicles with manual transmissions. “This little tool was inspired by necessity when trying to get the clutch pilot bushing (bearing) out of my CJ7 Jeep,” says Jon Springer, an electrical engineer who started SpringerTool in Riverton, WY. “The popular advice is to stuff grease behind it and hydraulically pressure it out ... not acceptable, nor, was an expensive commercial tool. Last time I used a hacksaw. I went to the hardware store and, this is what evolved. I just knew that everybody needed one, so I decided to market it.” There are three sizes available. One fits bushings with .590 to .625 inch ID, which fits nearly every Chevy and most Jeeps. The “large” size, for bushing ID's of .625 to .750 inch, fits the newer YJ Jeeps and pickups. The small tool is for special requests. Springer's next project — a wireless, video-linked spotting scope for long-range target-shooters.
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