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Old 08-02-2013, 02:09 AM
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Looking for DIY lower control arm replacement

I'm sure it's pretty straight forward but has anybody got a DIY for replacing the front lower control arms. I need to do both as both of the ball joint boots are ripped. Not sure how it happened especially with only 30k on the clock but it did.
Any help would be appreciated as well if anybody knows a cheap vendor that has a set of both.
 
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I'm sure it's pretty straight forward but has anybody got a DIY for replacing the front lower control arms. I need to do both as both of the ball joint boots are ripped. Not sure how it happened especially with only 30k on the clock but it did.
Any help would be appreciated as well if anybody knows a cheap vendor that has a set of both.
It is pretty straightforward. Just make sure you pretension the car by making sure it is at proper ride height before you torque down the arms to the correct geometry. Try Suncoast for the parts.
 
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I did one side couple weeks back, it's really simple. Do yourself a favor and get these:
Amazon.com: Bondhus 31834 Long Length Star-Tipped L-Wrenches, 8 Piece Set, sizes T9-T40: Home Improvement Amazon.com: Bondhus 31834 Long Length Star-Tipped L-Wrenches, 8 Piece Set, sizes T9-T40: Home Improvement


Amazon.com: AMPRO T72067 Universal Ball Joint Separator: Home Improvement Amazon.com: AMPRO T72067 Universal Ball Joint Separator: Home Improvement

To take the balljoint bolt out w/o removing the driveshaft, you'll need the long L torx bits (to keep it from spinning while you're undoing the nut). The ball joint separator tool is a no brainer, can't do it without it.


TORQUE SPECS:

Thread Tightening torque
Nm (ftlb.)
Carrier side section/cross member
Carrier side section to body M12 x 1.5 110 (81)
Studs for carrier side section to
body only screw-in torque M12 x 1.5 46 (34)
Cross member at rear
to carrier side section M12 x 1.5 110(81)
Cross member at front to carrier
side section M10 x 1.5 65 (48)
Brake hose holder to
carrier side section M6 10 (7.5)
Diagonal brace to body M10 x 1.5 65 (48)
Diagonal brace to cross member M12 x 1.5 110 (81)
Diagonal brace to carrier side section
(collar nut) M10 x 1.5 23 (17)
Axle strut
Control arm 2 (toe controlarm)
to wheel carrier M12 x 1.5 75 (56)
to cross member (toe eccentric) M12 x 1.5 100 (74)
Control arm (lower control arm)
to carrier side section (camber eccentric) M12 x 1.5 100 (74)
to wheel carrier M12 x 1.5 75 (56)
Diagonal control arm
to control arm M14 x 1.5 160 (118)
to carrier side section M14 x 1.5 180 (133)
Control arm 3 and control arm 4
(upper control arms)
to carrier side section M12 x 1.5 110 (81)
to wheel carrier M12 x 1.5 110 (81)
 
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:32 AM
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Thanks guys, any vendors out there looking to help a guy out?
 
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I used this for my front control arm replacement. Even though its written for a boxster, our parts are pretty much identical. You don't need to worry about the front axles or anything pertaining to the AWD system.
http://kevingosselin.blogspot.com/20...-in-total.html
 
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Thanks cburke that will totally help.
I order some rebuilds from vertex as well, just coincidental that the instructions got them from there as well. $150 after core exchange, plus the ball joint is removable and replaceable with the new arm. I'll report back on the quality.
 
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