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Old 02-05-2018, 06:40 AM
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some of you may already know this but i just found out about it. an easy way to get bushings out is take a hole saw just a little smaller than the bushing and chuck it in a drill press and Slowly drill the bushing out. i would have used a press but i don,t have one.
 
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I was trying to deal with some wiring issues and pushed a firewall grommet out of the firewall in order to unwrap the electrical tape from the harness.

The grommet and wire harness didn't want to go back in when I was done.

I tried to lubricate it with some Ivory Soap, but that wasn't enough.

I finally made up this piece of 3/4" PVC pipe and used it to push the grommet in place.



I was able to hold the grommet in place while an assistant worked the grommet lip through the firewall with a small straight slot screwdriver.

Ultimately, I had to make the slot at the end larger than I'd expected, but that's because the taped wire harness wouldn't collapse like an untaped bundle of wires would.

I started the process by using a black sharpie to draw the parts that I wanted to cut away, then I roughed in the cut with a 1/4" drill bit in the battery-powered screwdriver. Edges were smoothed and the final gap was whittled into shape with a little tedious help from my Leatherman.
 
 
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