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Strut removal?

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Is it possible to remove the front strut cartridges without actually removing the strut from the lower suspension components?

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Pete

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And you may end up banging and dinging your fender (happened to me 8 years ago). Just remove the 3 nuts at the bottom of the strut. The one with the safety wire.

THis way, you do not have to remove the steering nuckle ball joints.

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to a minimum. I just did it, and you can but to me is not worth it.

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Yes you can. Remove the sway bay link then cut 3 pieces of 1/4" fuel hose about 2" long to slip over the 3 studs on the strut bearing before you slip it out from under the fender lip to prevent scratching, then step on the end of the of the drag strut and guide it out from under the fender.....Marty....

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Loosen the big bolt for the lower control arm inner pickup at the subframe (and also separate the stab bar end link).

With the tension off the control arm bush, it takes much less effort to push the the strut down and out of the fender well.

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You still need a spring compressor. You still need to support the vehicle. What do you gain by not disconnecting the track arm, tie rod end and steering arm?

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in finishing the job. yes, you need compressors to remove/replace stock springs, but lowering springs like my st's and h&r's need no compressor to install on the front.

all you have to do is remove the sway bar and the three on top and then use little finesse and a helper to push down on the hub. cover the wheel arch to prevent paint damage. voila

done it, it works. first side took about 1.5 hours, second side took a half hour. invaluable help from Tkent02. thanks, bud.

robert

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I've only disassembled a stock strut once, but this is how I remove the much shorter struts in the race car. May or may not work with a stock length unit. Remove the caliper, remove the three bolts connecting the base of the strut to the steering arm and remove the bearing at the top. No need to mess with the sway bar, tie rods, etc and it's much easier to disasseble the strut on a bench than in the car.

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