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Old 10-22-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Arrow HELP! Spring Installation

So we tried to install my PFADT springs on my car yesterday and pretty much an epic fail. We decided to put everything back together and just take it to a shop. But the problem is that some of the holes are not lining up so we can put the screws back in. The hardest one to line up is the control arm and the piece that's connected to the roter. We tried jacking up the control arm so it can go in it. But that doesn't work because it just pushes the other one up too. So does anyone have any advice?
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:28 AM   #2
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The lower control arm to the spindle bolt is our problem
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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I haven't done this mod yet so this my best guess, but it appears to me if you go to the local autoparts store and rent/borrow a spring compressor. Take the tension off the strut by compressing the spring and the arm should move pretty easily after that into position.

Just a thought until one of the experts arrives.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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We already have the compressor, we connected the strut to the control arm and the bolt is in there now. Now we just have to connect the roter piece to it, that's the problem.
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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Now we got the bush in but need to get it lined up
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:35 PM   #6
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I just did my outer trailing arm bushings and I had the same problem! I had to keep working at it but ultimately I got the bolt to line up by moving the lower arm back and forth while pushing the bolt in! Hope this helps!
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:23 PM   #7
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Things don line up well when your suspension is hanging. You have to push pull and wiggle to get things back in place.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:34 PM   #8
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Yea that's a bitch to reline up. Gets easier as you go.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:57 PM   #9
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Things don line up well when your suspension is hanging. You have to push pull and wiggle to get things back in place.
So do i jack the control arm up? what should i do?
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:59 PM   #10
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Should i disconnect the upper control arm so i can tilt the roter so is hopefully goes in?? would that help or make it worse?
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:22 PM   #11
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So it's finally done haha
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Yay! How did you get it to line up?
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:17 AM   #13
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Now that you have it all back together it is time to time the bushes and get a quality alignment.

Bush Timing

Step 1. Pull the car up on to a drive uplift.

Step 2. Loosen the following bolts/nuts:
Front:
---Inner Control Arm Bushing
---Inner Radius Rod
Rear:
---Trailing Arm Bushings (both ends)
---Toe Rod Bushings (both ends)
---Lower Control Arm Bushings (Inner)
---Upper Control Arm Bushings (Rearward)
---Lower Strut Bushings

Step 3.
Grab the subframes or sway bars, and jounce the car up and down a few times.

Step 4.
Tighten all of the nuts/bolts to spec.

Step 5.
Align the car at the new ride height.



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