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Bradness
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Reged: 06/01/00
Posts: 291
Loc: Greater Toronto Area, Canada
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1236136 (Re: BrApple) 05/10/06 11:25 PM

Do what I did with the upside down bolts. Cross drill and safety wire them. The nuts will never go nowhere!

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Steeda.
Captain Impound Boy

Reged: 08/22/02
Posts: 8281
Loc: Skunkworks Autosport
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1236302 (Re: Bradness) 05/11/06 02:04 AM

Bah!!!!

Just did 4 LCA'a tonight!

Took 3 hours..

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BlackBirdRacing
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Reged: 03/10/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Sycamore, IL
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1236946 (Re: Steeda.) 05/11/06 09:28 PM

DON'T RE-USE BOLTS?


does this apply to the 2 bolt as well as the four bolt...



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Originally posted by MapOfTaziFoSho:
Can u ask him to measure his shaft and compare it to your shaft?











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Steeda.
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Loc: Skunkworks Autosport
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1236967 (Re: BlackBirdRacing) 05/11/06 09:51 PM

when you take out the m10 bolts you will see why not to reuse them!

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BlackBirdRacing
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Reged: 03/10/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Sycamore, IL
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1236988 (Re: Steeda.) 05/11/06 10:12 PM

WELL CRAP...

anybody know the bolt size I should use...
I was gonna do this tonight.

I'm going to the drag strip sunday.

m10 X ?????

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Originally posted by MapOfTaziFoSho:
Can u ask him to measure his shaft and compare it to your shaft?











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BrApple
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Loc: Enfield, CT
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1237029 (Re: Steeda.) 05/11/06 11:06 PM

Originally posted by Decepticon:
when you take out the m10 bolts you will see why not to reuse them!





if the bolts are degrated in anyway then definately don't reuse them

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Steeda.
Captain Impound Boy

Reged: 08/22/02
Posts: 8281
Loc: Skunkworks Autosport
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1237343 (Re: BlackBirdRacing) 05/12/06 01:32 PM

Umm maybe 3inchs roughly?

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Bugzuki
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Reged: 05/08/04
Posts: 137
Loc: Monroe, WA
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1241400 (Re: Steeda.) 05/18/06 05:29 PM

** First **
When I replaced my control arms - I just undid the engine and tranny mounts then jacked up the engine. All but one of the bolts came out easily the other took a little prying. I did not have a sawsall handy. The only bolt I put in upside down was the one I had a hard time getting out (the second one back on the driver's side to be exact).

On the bolt I put in upside down, I used the stock length and had to grind off the top of the bolt to keep it from hitting the tranny. I have not had any problems.

** Second **
You guys must be really over torqueing your bolts to get them to yield like that. It is a good idea to put in new bolts, but if you are taking out bolts that are necked down - they were installed wrong. It is not because the material is faulty.

Bolts that are torqued to yield at the factory do not even show the yield when you remove them. They are taken to the point where the yield just starts. If you go any futher then that you loose all the propeties of the bolt. OEMs do not use substandard bolts on critical joints hoping for a lawsuit or recall.



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ElKy
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Loc: Prince Spaghettiville
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1244719 (Re: Bugzuki) 05/24/06 02:30 PM

the replacement bolts from ford neck down on the shoulder a little bit.


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no_braks
Newbie

Reged: 12/08/05
Posts: 6
Re: to change lower control arms .... new
#1250311 (Re: BrApple) 06/01/06 04:17 PM

So where would one get replacement bolts? Anybody know a part number?

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