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Old 02-19-2017, 06:34 PM
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HELP with Spring Install

I decided to tackle this on my own because I've always wrenched my own suspension with no issues. I think I bit off more than I can chew with the WK2!

Getting the front strut out was a beotch. Once I had everything taken apart, I had to have my wife stand on the rotor and jump up and down so I could rip the strut out. But now I have another problem.

The spindle (or whatever its called) is stuck in the "out" position and wont bend/rotate back in to attach to the upper a-arm. It's like its locked in the out position. Any ideas? Could we have broken something bending it down with too much force?

I've tried banging it back in place with a rubber mallet and it won't budge.
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:18 PM
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Re: HELP with Spring Install

If you have the front sway bar end link disconnected and you remove the jack from under the lower control arm, the whole lower assembly (arm, shaft, disc & caliper) should be able to pivot up and down. You may have to remove the caliper so the brake line doesn't prevent the assembly from dropping down all the way. I had to use a piece of 2x4 and another jack to push the upper control arm with its ball joint all the way up into the fender so that I could swing the vertical arm in under the ball joint and bring the pieces together. Good luck!
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Re: HELP with Spring Install

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If you have the front sway bar end link disconnected and you remove the jack from under the lower control arm, the whole lower assembly (arm, shaft, disc & caliper) should be able to pivot up and down. You may have to remove the caliper so the brake line doesn't prevent the assembly from dropping down all the way. I had to use a piece of 2x4 and another jack to push the upper control arm with its ball joint all the way up into the fender so that I could swing the vertical arm in under the ball joint and bring the pieces together. Good luck!
Thanks for the reply. My problem is that with everything disconnected, the lower control arm assembly will not pivot up towards the ball joint. Caliper is removed.

I'm going to mess with it again when I get home from work. Was hoping someone ran into the same situation and had an answer.
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Re: HELP with Spring Install

is the inner CV joint disconnected? hard to tell from video
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is the inner CV joint disconnected? hard to tell from video
I don't know. Don't know how to check that. I was thinking that maybe the axle got pulled out of the front diff?
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The Axle looks seated correctly in the Diff. However the tripod joint, inner cv joint seems to have popped out. This is talked about in the RRO lift install threads
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Re: HELP with Spring Install

Did you try rotating the rotor while pushing it inwards?
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Did you try rotating the rotor while pushing it inwards?
Yea I did and it didn't work. Basically the CV joint popped out of the housing like this guys: RRO Lift Tips

I had to take the wheel hub off, axle out, open the cv boot and tap the housing back on the joint. What a PITA but its done now!
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Did you try rotating the rotor while pushing it inwards?
Yea I did and it didn't work. Basically the CV joint popped out of the housing like this guys: RRO Lift Tips

I had to take the wheel hub off, axle out, open the cv boot and tap the housing back on the joint. What a PITA but its done now!
That is where I had seen it previously. I removed the Axle as suggest in a couple of other threads to avoid this issue when installing the RRO lift.
I will be doing it again for the Bilstein 5100 install. Saves a good amount of frustration and time. Plus I am not sure my wife knows where the garage is in the house to come and help by standing on it.
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