11-14-2013, 11:26 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: SE NM
Total Cats: 26
You definitely do not need to use an impact. Nothing ever spun on me. This is all applicable to my stock suspension 2001, I do not know what would work on a different specification car.
In the front:
1. Take off 14mm locknut on top of the 17mm tophat nut while the car is on the ground and loosen the 17mm tophat nut. The car being on the ground will prevent the shaft from spinning and allow you to get that nut loose.
2. Get the car in the air and on jackstands and then remove the wheels.
3. Remove the lower shock bolt
4. Remove the "long bolt" which is the front upper control arm bolt.
5. Jack up the control arm and support it.
6. Remove the 17mm tophat nut that you loosened earlier.
7. Slowly let the jack down and everything will decompress nice and safe.
8. Substitute all your new stuff and reassemble.
9. Make sure and torque the lower shock bolt and long bolt with the floor jack supporting the control arm at a normal ride height.
Tophats DO NOT need to be removed unless you are replacing them. If you need to replace them, then add in that step after #7.
In the rear:
1. Take off the 14mm locknut on the rear tophat
2. Loosen the 17mm tophat nut
3. Get the car in the air, on jackstands, and remove wheels.
4. Remove the lower shock bolt
5. Remove rear upper control arm bolt
6. Jack up the control arm and support it
7. Take off the 17mm tophat nut.
8. Slowly let the jack down and everything will be decompressed and fall out easily.
9. Put in your new stuff and reassemble.
10. Make sure and torque the lower shock bolt and rear upper control arm bolt with the jack supporting the control arm where it would be at normal ride height.
Same thing with the tophats as in the front. As long as you don't loosen those 14mm nuts on either side, then the tophats will stay right where they are just fine.