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installing front control arm (a arm)

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Old 06-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by moosestang View Post
Bumping an old thread! It's what I do.

Hold the spindle? I left the spindle connected to the strut. I did not move the steering rack. I was replacing the tie rods and the control arms, so I popped the tie rod out and turned the wheel all the way to the right, while working on the left arm. The bolt will come out, you just have to push on the tie rod boot and wiggle the bolt out.

bolt out, no problem.

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Replaced tie rod with moog. I used the credit card between the old tie rod and jam nut trick. Screwed the new one on up to the credit card, then tightened the jam nut. Seems to have worked well at keeping the toe close.

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At 45,000 miles my stock tie rod boots were torn all the way around, but the tie rods still felt tightish. Ball joints felt good too, but the stock control arm bushings give a lot compared to the gt500 ones.
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I'm about to do exactly the same thing - (Steeda) front LCA and (Steeda) bump-steer kit. Got any tips, tricks or hints for me?

Any special tools? I have an electric impact wrench and a 150-ftlb torque wrench (might not be big enough).

Where can I find instructions for front LCA R&R? (My car is a 2012.)
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