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Old 04-11-2004, 12:52 PM
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Changing front suspension.

In my 84 Z28, i think im going to replace my whole front suspension. Its amazing when i went out there to look at it, how many things i saw that were wrong, now that i do suspension work everyday and are a certified alignment technician. The parts are VERY hard to remove due to rust, ect ect. Should i cut them off? Like my outter tie rod end, i could just sawzall those, and then my strut, i could cut as well. What would you all do?

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Old 04-11-2004, 01:33 PM
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If it were me i would figure my budget and find the parts that i would be replacing the stock stuff with. That way you know what does have to be reconditioned and what can be cut off, so look for a kit that will have new bushings control arms tie rods and so on.............

but if the part is no good then I guess it must be cut off anyways
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cutting off struts???

you said you are a certified alignment tech??? do you work for tires plus??? you can use a torch but not to cut odd parts use it to heat up the parts so you can loosen the nuts and bolts that hold tha parts together!!! seriously though where do you work???
I thought we were red necking it a little using a torch to heat up a pitman arm at the race track where we do rpoundy round racing so we could swap out a power stearing unit. but using a a sawzall to cut off tie rod ends is stupid cause you still have to get the rest of it out. now that you work for a shop you should be able to get parts dirt cheap through work heck i can get ball joints for most older chevs for $9.10 a piece and upper control arm bushings for like $5 a piece do it that way and replace what all you need. don't hack it out
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I work at a place called TCI tire and appliciances. (spelling on last word LOL).
I would never torch it out, but i was thinking sawzall.

Im not going to do this at work, im gonna do this stuff at home, i dont have as much stuff at here that i do at work. Thats why i was thinking of cutting it off here and taking it at work and use my stuff or my buddies....not sure if mine would do it, to take off old parts and put on new ones. Im gonna keep the spindle, new calipers/rotors/bearings and stuff to.
I might heat them to get them off, i dont know yet.
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Old 04-11-2004, 05:28 PM
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If the tie rods don't wanna turn loose from the adjusting sleeves, you can completely remove the pinch bolts/clamps and use a chisel to spread the sleeves. Don't get too carried away doing this, just far enough to free things up with a little lubricant. You're probably changing tie rod ends anyhow, so give'em a good whack with a decent sized hammer, that'll break 'em loose...usually.

Doing it properly is actually going to be faster in the long run than just cutting. Even if you bought all new everything, you'll still have to seperate them joints.
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Old 04-11-2004, 05:38 PM
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True. Here is another question, im going to keep my spidle assembly, what can i use to clean up the rust on this? What can i undercoat most of it when im done?

What could i do to make it easier to pull the front wheels off the ground anyways? Just curious is all
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Take it all apart.....It looks rustier than it really is. Clean it all up with a wire wheel and paint with Tremclad......simple.

Get an alignment when you are done.........While you are waiting for the alignment, grab a dictionary....your spelling is atrocious.
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Take it all apart.....It looks rustier than it really is. Clean it all up with a wire wheel and paint with Tremclad......simple.

Get an alignment when you are done.........While you are waiting for the alignment, grab a dictionary....your spelling is atrocious.
The only time i would wait on during the alignment is when im setting the rack level to swing caster LOL.

Sorry i missed like 3 words
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