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Old 09-03-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I recently had an incident where I hit a large pothole that sent me up into a curb. Needless to say I shredded my tire and bent my lower control arm. I took it to an alignment shop today and they also found that the ball joint on that side is about ready to fall out and the one on the other side isn't very tight either.

I'm planning on buying the GS upgraded bushings and control arm kit to fix this but I don't know how difficult of an install it is and if it requires special tools. I'd like to try to install myself but I don't want to get into something and find out that I don't have the tools to finish it.


Does anybody know what I'd need?


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thank you man, that's a huge help. When you remove everything does the wheel assembly need to be supported or does the strut still hold it up?
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You may need a torx bit to remove the bolt that holds the control arm & stanchion arms together not pictured above, I can't remember what size.
This is the bolt that I am refering to which has been replaced in the diagram above.
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thank you man, that's a huge help. When you remove everything does the wheel assembly need to be supported or does the strut still hold it up?
It will hold
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Also, ask Nick T at Genuine when you buy the bushings and Arms, if he can press out the stockers and apply the poly ones. Pressing out the stock ones is the hardest part.

You don't even need a ball joint separator, since the old ones are trash you can use a pickle for and just demolish them.

Once you have the things tightend up down there, when you steer to avoid those potholes, the car will actually go where you point it!
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Also, ask Nick T at Genuine when you buy the bushings and Arms, if he can press out the stockers and apply the poly ones. Pressing out the stock ones is the hardest part.
Yes. Pressing out the stock ones is no fun without a press.
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Yes. Pressing out the stock ones is no fun without a press.
Harbor Freight Special... to the rescue... Gear puller /thread

T55 is the torx size... also Harbor Freight Special

and Pickle Fork is not needed... Soft rubber mallet.
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If you hit something hard enough to do that kind of damage I would pull the cover off the top of the strut mounts and inspect them too. If the strut mounts have given out it is possible that the strut assembly may just fall out. This is something I'm facing when I go to change out my strut mount here soon. Mine is trash and all over the place.



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So I just glanced at my control arm and noticed it doesn't have a screw in the outer bushing... probably a bad thing?!
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So I just glanced at my control arm and noticed it doesn't have a screw in the outer bushing... probably a bad thing?!
I'd say so. Don't drive it even if the upper half of te bolt is still in there. That control arm pulls the body when the drivetrain tries to leave the body behind!!
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Does anyone have any tips as to how to make the "upgraded bolts" that i got from genuinesaab.com to fit through the lower opening of the Stanchion Arm?
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You need to press out or bang out that lower star nut (it is serrated like a star so it doesn't move. Use lots of PB Blaster. It will either be hard or easy, no in between. Good luck.
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it wasn't easy, there was some downtime with the car... however it wasn't the worst thing in the world the second side is always a lot easier than the first one
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