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Old 09-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by YellowJellyBean View Post
Off-topic, but the rear springs aren't that hard. Jack up the spring seat, undo the control arm bolt, and lower the jack. Use a bunch of PB Blaster if you have to. I don't feel like cutting loaded springs is a good idea.
Man I wish it were that easy. I live in the rust belt. The bolts on the lower control arm are notorious for seizing to the sleeve and tearing up the bushing on cars that see winter use. You have to replace the whole lca if that happens. It happened to me on my 03 and it was a pita, and $80 per control arm.


My plan is to unbolt the upper control arm, damper, and rear sway. That should lower the control arm enough to relieve most, if not all, of the tension from the spring. Since I'm replacing the rear sway with an SVT one anyway, it's the same number of bolts. And yeah, cutting a loaded spring would be really stupid.
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