Ive got my 2005 mada up on jacks atm. I am following this thread on removal and installation. http://www.clubarmada.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17919
I have the 3 bolts off and the lower nut and bolt and have tried to lever it out with a 2x4 but it aint budging on the lower part of the strut where the big nut and bolt connects to the lower arm assembly. I can see the 3 bolts on the top moving down when I apply leverage but it only goes so far.
Any suggestions on what I may be doing wrong?
edit. I have only one side jacked up. I just read something about a swaybar and both side need to be raised. But odd thing is, I tried hammering the lower strut to realign the holes in case I have to put it back together and it wont even budge even a 1/32"
Last edited by Cash2005; 11-27-2012 at 08:00 PM.
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I had to put it all back together so I could drive somewhere.
But I think ive got it figured out now. Its alot easier when my wife was here to help me leverage the 2x4 and then I could move the lower strut end.
did you unhook all the abs wires? completely remove top nuts and bottom bolt?
It worked fine for me using the a long bit of 2x4 and using that to lever the lower control arm down... didn't disconnect the sway bar. getting the 5100s in at the highest setting was a bit fun though. haha.
'05 Mada LE Slate
Mods Done: Bilstein 5100s in front, PRG 2" rear spaces, R1 Premium Drilled & Slotted Rotors, PosiQuite pads, Volant GenII CAI, 8K HID Lows, LEDs by ArmaDen, 3k HID Fogs, and Delete middle row console.
Mods in progress: JBA LT, PRT 300-cell hi-flo cat'd b-pipes, Borla xlr-1 muffler w/custom tubing, LED Engine Bay LEDs, Custom Suspension Lift by PRG, Custom PRG front & rear shocks, Custom PRG Rear springs.
Mods in contemplation: UpRev, GoodHood or custom hood, Steel front and rear bumpers, upgraded front springs, Custom roof rack and cargo basket, Additional lighting.
I did it without taking off the sway bar, and you don't need a 2x4. What we did was to jack up the front two wheels so there is no tension on the sway bar. To get the extra clearance to get the strut out, just open the hood (so there is something to hold on to), and then have a friend stand on the rotor and push it down. It doesn't require a whole lot of extra clearance to get it off. The same applies when putting the new strut in. As always the first side takes much longer than the other. Have fun.
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