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Started tearing down the front end to install QA1 Upper/lower control arms and coil overs. First side I pulled down is drivers side, Got everything disconnected, lower arm removed, no problems, go to remove the upper arm and low and behold the shaft with arm on it wont clear the headers on the BBC. I dont want to cut the bolts shorter just yet, because I have a feeling that could come back to bite me.
How difficult is it to remove the splined bolts from the frame assembly? I dont want to bang or pry against the ceramic coated headers. Im thinking of cutting the CA to pieces to get out, I thought about removing bushings but that doesnt look like an option. If I butchered the bolts coming I can replace them but something simple would sure be a blessing.
 

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On my car there wasn't enough space for the cross shaft to clear the manifolds. I was able to use a pry bar to "pop the studs out" and it didn't take too much leverage. Maybe there's a way of spreading the load so you don't scratch or dent the header tube or you might try to fit a c clamp over the stud with a socket on the bolt head side to press it out?
 

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They press out fairly easily. Try not to destroy them so they can be reused.

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Thanks guys. Just after I posted this I thought about the c clamp. I was looking for info on how hard the bolts were pressed in. Sound doable. Thanks
 

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Update: The C clamp worked. It was easier to get the clamp on rearward bolt using a 5/8 socket, once it popped the front part of the arm came right off with a little turn. In case anyone else has an issue, this worked for me. Thanks Jim and Don. Come on day after Thanksgiving. ;O)
 

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Use a long punch and hammer, they will come out. A little hard to get a good angle on a BB but better than cutting anything. You can do it. Just punch them out and back in later.
 
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