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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks to the help of this forum & my manual, I have managed to tear down my front suspension. I'm replacing bushings, ball joints etc. and mainly in preparation to convert to disc brakes.

I have removed the upper a-arms & am bring them to a machine shop tomorrow. Its seems like I should remove the lower a-arms and do the same. How difficult is this? Do the lower a-arms bushings wear more than the uppers? Any input would be great.

Project is going well for a first attempt. I don't wnt to goof it up.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 05:16 PM
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I would. If you already have the top one off, I'm assuming you have the spring and spindle out. If so then a couple bolts would take the lower one out. Not much extra work if you don't.

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If the springs are out of the car, I'd replace the lower bushings too. You can make a visual inspection of the lower bushing. They don't wear as rapidly as the uppers' but they wear out!

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You are already there and have everything else off. I would definitely take the lower arms off and inspect, if not replace, the bushings. This is how I did (still in process) my front end...and boy were my bushings shot!

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 02, 06:28 AM
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Sgrouse I just got my control arms back from the machine shop yesterday. They pressed in all the bushings and all four ball joints for around $70. Since you already have everything apart you might as well get it done. Remember that the bushings you have are 33 years old now and probably won't hold up much longer. Save yourself the time and hastle by doing it right the first time.
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