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Front bushes on rear trailing arms.........is it possible to change them without removing the arm from the vehicle?

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Yes but you'll need special toolset, I think it's PI-A0048-REV B for that model.
You can make your own with threaded rod and large washers & tube if you're in the mood for it.

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