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Old 06-06-2011, 12:31 PM
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

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FORK that Clevis bolt.......i hate that thing.....sounds like an STD "I got the Clevis"! Anyway.....i did mine without removing that, cuz it was a b1tch!! I just lowered the hub/arm low enough where i could push down on the strut, pivot the strut outward and pull it up and out. I actually did both fronts without taking off the lower strut mount. Maybe try that approach? Like you, i wasted (at least) 4 hours before moving on......ahhhhhh, the garage
OMG! really? Say it isn't so! I got the Clevis big time! We are looking at cutting, heating and now even being told to replace the whole lower control arm. Can you give any more specifics on how you did it without removing the bolt? That would be awesome! I am not shelling out another $250 for a LAC that I don't need..
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

I had the same problem. I just removed the bolt that holds the actual strut and then i dropped the lower control arm as much as possible. It took alittle bit of force to get it out. my buddy that was doing it for me kinda jumped on the LCA to get it low enough to just wobble the strut out
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:47 PM
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

Thank God I don't live in a Rust Belt... yet!
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

Here's a few pics: basically, unbolt everything like normal, BUT you'll push down on the wheel hub (to allow the strut & upper strut mount to clear the top of the wheelwell), then the strut should be free to swivel.
PIC 2 You can then pull out the strut (by pulling upwards and maybe turning it a little)
PIC 3 Strut removed with Clevis bolt still in.

Install is the reverse: Slide strut/spring/upper mount downward back into the lower strut mount. Swivel towards the proper upper mount holes. Allow the wheel hub to go upwards into the holes and re-bolt. There might be a little rubbing on the way in, but it's all good. I hope this helps. Let me know.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:56 PM
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

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Here's a few pics: basically, unbolt everything like normal, BUT you'll push down on the wheel hub (to allow the strut & upper strut mount to clear the top of the wheelwell), then the strut should be free to swivel.
PIC 2 You can then pull out the strut (by pulling upwards and maybe turning it a little)
PIC 3 Strut removed with Clevis bolt still in.

Install is the reverse: Slide strut/spring/upper mount downward back into the lower strut mount. Swivel towards the proper upper mount holes. Allow the wheel hub to go upwards into the holes and re-bolt. There might be a little rubbing on the way in, but it's all good. I hope this helps. Let me know.
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Thank you so much! We will give it a try this afternoon after work. Do you think there was enough clearance at the top of the strut to put the lift on as well? Would it be easier and would we have more room if we use the spring compressor or is that overkill?
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Thank you so much! We will give it a try this afternoon after work. Do you think there was enough clearance at the top of the strut to put the lift on as well? Would it be easier and would we have more room if we use the spring compressor or is that overkill?
I'm not exactly sure about the lift - i assume it's a 2" spacer or something? My lift was a new spring and strut (OME) so i didnt have one (but had to use a spring compressor with mine). It might be a tight fit with another 2 inches on top.....anyone else comment on that? Maybe just bounce on the wheel hub?


OH, i forgot to mention in my last post: ........and that's why we dont go to mechanics....."you need a new lower control arm"! Are you serious?!? Maybe just get a new vehicle......JEEZE!
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

there should be enough room. i have a 4 inch spacer on top of my strut i get it in fairly easy
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there should be enough room. i have a 4 inch spacer on top of my strut i get it in fairly easy
And you do this by not removing the clevis? Only pushing the wheel assembly and control arm down "alot" to allow for clearance?

I really need to make sure this is the fix...the dude yeah the joke just called us with an estimate: $1042 for a new LAC installed. Yeah I would rather buy new tires! Or a new Vehicle!

Jeez is right!
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

Needing A whole new arm is crap, but $250 for one is WAY better then the $750 EACH the dealer quoted me!
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

Even if you replace the lower arm, the OEM strut fork (clevis) is still attached to the current arm with a seized bolt...
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Re: stuck with the front in the air

^ good point.
mine took at least 2 hrs on the pass side, just for that bolt! I ended up using a puller to keep pressure on the clevis(pushing the bolt in) a TON of pb blaster, the torch, and switched between the impact and breaker bar to "saw" back n forth to get the bolt out of the bushing. my arms felt like spagetti afterwards. needless to say it went back together (after being wirewheeled) with a bunch of anti-seize.
On a side note- has anyone found a place to get those bushings by themselves? the dealer only sells bushings IN the LCA's. I got the other LCA bushings at rock auto, but couldnt find those.
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Even if you replace the lower arm, the OEM strut fork (clevis) is still attached to the current arm with a seized bolt...
wow i totally over looked that, good point!
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