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Replacing Bushings on '80 'Lude

I'm in need of some technical help here. After many delays, I've (sort of) resumed work on my '80 Prelude from the scrapyard, and as usual I'm running into more tough problems. The problem right now are the two bushings on the rear lower control arm - they were destroyed in the process of removing the bolts, which had to be cut off. Oddly, the Honda spec is to replace not only the control arm but the trailing arm as well, as the bushings are not sold separately. Replacing these arms is out of the question, so this is where I need your help. I have currently removed the rubber portion of the bushings, leaving only the metal collars still installed on the arms. I have yet to obtain an inside micrometer to measure, but I'm hoping someone might know of equivalent bushings from a later vehicle that might fit (note that they are two different sizes). What I would really like is to find the exact dimensions for various Prothane and Energy Suspension bushings for later cars, such as the '87-91 Civic. Then I could find something close, and if necessary have new collars machined to fit the different bushings. But neither Prothane nor Energy Suspension gives the measurements for any of their bushings.
Has anyone else run into this problem, and could perhaps help me out?
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