There are discussions about measuring the location of the bushing for replacement which leave me wondering "why"?
Forget about long vs. short bearing. For the sake of this discussion I'm talking about an M53 that was cut through the bushing and a replacement used Rhinemetall bushing from RTG.
If indeed one must measure to install the bushing, that would imply it's one of the last steps. Contrast that with the factory, which put the bushing in early in the production. Also, assuming that there was no equivilent of "headspace" for the bushing, they were all produced the same.
Ergo, if one can install a replacement M53 (!!) bushing in the same location as the old one, then there is no reason the repair cannot be implemented as step one, right?
Project Guns says "and the bushing set to the proper depth" without explaining what the proper depth is. But again, if one can get the replacement bushing in the same location (distance) then no problem, right?
The variable though may be a Rhinemetall bushing vs. M53 bushing. Maybe. I'm asking. Maybe they are the same. Thus, one could clean up the shroud to where the rear face of the bearing rests, and weld away.
Any input? I do ask we stay away from any inclusion of the MG3 bushing or bearing since that's already been discussed.