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Old 19 Jul 2012, 07:43 am
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I have a 2003 Cruiser and I'm thinking I will replace the lower control arms along with struts & shocks this winter.

Looking for advice from those that have done the work before for some pointers to ease the job of replacement.

Main thing I'm curious about is, should the suspension be at the normal ride height and position before torquing down on all of the bolts?

I've done other cars this way and I'm told that I don't really have to.

My way of thinking is that the bushing should be set at it's normal testing point before its locked down.

If not done this way, the bushing will always be trying to get back to it's normal point even if the suspension already is.

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Old 19 Jul 2012, 07:51 am
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I have a 2003 Cruiser and I'm thinking I will replace the lower control arms along with struts & shocks this winter.

Looking for advice from those that have done the work before for some pointers to ease the job of replacement.

Main thing I'm curious about is, should the suspension be at the normal ride height and position before torquing down on all of the bolts?

I've done other cars this way and I'm told that I don't really have to.

My way of thinking is that the bushing should be set at it's normal testing point before its locked down.

If not done this way, the bushing will always be trying to get back to it's normal point even if the suspension already is.
When installed in the factory they are just hanging in the air. So do as you are satisfied. Either way works .
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Old 19 Jul 2012, 08:47 am
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Yes, the suspension needs to be on normal height or compressed, to tie everything.
This is how I do it: After I put everything together, I tie everything slightly then I put two jack stands or jacks ( I have 4 floor jacks ) under the control arms and I let the car seat on them, compressing the suspension, then I re-tie everything.
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This is how I do it: After I put everything together, I tie everything slightly then I put two jack stands or jacks ( I have 4 floor jacks ) under the control arms and I let the car seat on them, compressing the suspension, then I re-tie everything.
Yup, that's how I do it.
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Old 19 Jul 2012, 05:54 pm
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I've not done that, but totally makes sense-
Rear LCA bushing, of course doesn't matter
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