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Old 04-26-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Need help putting front shocks back on, not lining up

So i switched out my front shocks and I can't seem to get them back on. The bottom is not lining up right. It's lined up right in the "left" and "right" direction but I need the shock to go up so I can get the bolt through.

No matter what I try, I cannot seem to get it lined up. I do have the daystar 2.5 inch spacer on top but it shouldn't make much of a difference, right? ill try and post some pics this afternoon.

EDIT: pics are posted a few replies down
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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Yea the suspension is at full droop. I feel like it shouldn't be this difficult...
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Try disconnecting the sway bar. That will alloy you to push the LCA down further.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:57 AM   #4
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Try disconnecting the sway bar. That will alloy you to push the LCA down further.
i havent had my sway bar on for months....
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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ok heres some pics of this stupid thing





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Old 04-26-2012, 12:01 PM   #6
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As mentioned, Push down on the Control arm, and use a screw driver to aid in lining up the hole. Then start the bolt.
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i havent had my sway bar on for months....
Yep, gonna need to push down. I've used long bars to leverage the LCA down and a spud bar to align the holes.
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Prybar between the bottom of the coilover and the LCA. Large pin punch to align the hole. Push bolt through when aligned.
Oh yea...patience, beer, and NO screwdrivers. They have a tendancy to slip and gouge.

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Alternatively you can draw matchmarks on the LCA cam bolts, then loosen the bolts a little. The LCA will then swing down a bit more. It's easier than prying if you don't have an assistant.
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that's not full droop dude, get the bottle jack and jack the UCA down against the fender well.
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that's not full droop dude, get the bottle jack and jack the UCA down against the fender well.
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that's not full droop dude, get the bottle jack and jack the UCA down against the fender well.
^^ YUP! Works on 2nd gen's too. Try the pry bar too to get the LCA lower if needed.
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that's not full droop dude, get the bottle jack and jack the UCA down against the fender well.
This and use a couple pry bars on it if need be to line it up. Pop the bolt in and kapow
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ive used a spring compressor too and that will give you a little play
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:48 PM   #16
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just take off the two upside down bolts holding your spindle to the LCA and then you can push your LCA down til it hits the ground, easiest solution
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that's not full droop dude, get the bottle jack and jack the UCA down against the fender well.
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ive used a spring compressor too and that will give you a little play
it finally worked after using these two methods. i put the coil compressor on the bottom of the shock and the top of the UCA and it gave it enough to line up.

thanks for your help guys!
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for future reference you can loosen the cam bolt which will allow the LCA to extend further down
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for future reference you can loosen the cam bolt which will allow the LCA to extend further down
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I went through the same thing as the op. Basically had my entire weight on a six foot breaker bar trying to get the bastard in. Never thought about loosening the lca.

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