Front end: ALL

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Front end: ALL

Postby geospider » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:21 pm

To those with more knowledge than me:

replacing:
ball joints, front bushings, springs, shocks
centerlink, tie rods.
wheel bearings

any good order or just pull it all apart

Geo

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Re: Front end: ALL

Postby RRoller123 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:37 am

Most agree that it is the easiest and most cost effective approach in a total front end rebuild to buy 4 new control arms with the ball joints already installed.
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Re: Front end: ALL

Postby fiat218 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:41 am

And just where do you find the control arms, non to be found,unless finally some one got a shipment
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Re: Front end: ALL

Postby RRoller123 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:35 am

They regularly come in to the various vendors, are you saying that they are all out at the moment?
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'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
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2010 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab 4WD/SB
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Re: Front end: ALL

Postby klweimer » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:25 am

Back to geospider's original question, I just pulled it all out and put it back in in reverse order. I don't think there are any tricks concerning sequence. While you have it all out, be sure to check the engine cross member for cracks and the shock towers for rust. Check crossmember bolts for tightness. You should also check steering box for play and the condition of the steering idler. Don't forget sway bar bushings. I bought a good quality 1/2" drive, electric impact wrench and set of impact sockets from Harbor Freight. Great for suspension work.
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Re: Front end: ALL

Postby lglade » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:08 am

Be sure to give your steering gear a good once over (fresh fluid and adjustment) when you have everything apart. Same goes for the steering idler on the passenger side. Everything has to be in good order to achieve a good outcome.
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Re: Front end: ALL

Postby geospider » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:15 pm

thanks for all the replies.
was planning the whole A arm replacement, but as mentioned can't find the ones that fit well.
so now more self education with replacing the bushings, etc.
Rust, strut towers: I am lucky, Ca car: no rust. although smog was a PITA.

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control arms

Postby 85redpini » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:13 pm

fiat218 wrote:And just where do you find the control arms, non to be found,unless finally some one got a shipment

the company who made the arms seems no to want to anymore

the only new set in the USA are at
http://www.spiderroadster.com/124suspension1.htm


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