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Finally got out there an hour ago. The bearing is good. The bushing is gone.

Gonna order both; pondering whether to do the whole set. 

My beam: Nice and greasy. Needle bearing striations. I took a piece of tubing and felt in for the "step" about 5 inches in the tube. Nope.


To double check I pulled Bridget's old beam out of the inky shadows in the corner of the shop and performed the same test. Yep:


I suppose the real scam way might be to fashion a hook and try to fish the original back into place...?

My tendency is to just get the one new bushing and bearing, install, maybe add a set screw to each corner and move along.

Delrin & etc. would seem overkill.

Any expert advice appreciated.


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