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Old 11-21-2011, 10:22 AM   #21
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I dont event think my short *** Teins would be easy. There's not enough clearance between the two control arms to angle it out, and then between the UCA and the fender wall...so they need to come almost straight up to clear the UCA then out to clear the fender.

This is how I first did my install back 2000, it took my 6 hours with power tools on a lift. The extra time it took wrestling to get the fronts in and out I could have removed the long bolt and cooked a steak dinner, took a nap, and played 3 hours of video games. I ended up having to get someone to stand on the control arm to get as much clearance as possible, while trying to compress the shock up against the fender wall a little at a time to shorten the shock and to hope and pray it went in.

Honestly, there's no "dealing" with the long bolt. Lower the two sway bar mount bolts flush with the nut, hit it with a wrench and a 21mm socket, and slide it out. I'd say it adds an extra 2-4minutes tops.

In fact, the long bolt method is so easy, I've pulled the shocks in the parking lot at work on my lunch break with nothing more than a scissor jack and some hand tools.
Fair enough - admittedly I've never tried either method, though I can swap suspensions in under an hour using the method I described above. Next time I'll give the long bolt a shot.

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:17 PM   #22
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Got a pic of this long bolt you speak of?
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:24 PM   #23
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It's the long bolt that forms the pivot for the upper suspension arm.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:50 PM   #24
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Long bolt attaches the upper control arm to the front sub-frame. In the picture below, it follows the red line.

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Old 11-21-2011, 06:38 PM   #25
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No it doesn't, it's straight. Jesus. Your Miata might of been in a wreck there...
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:16 PM   #26
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Dang, maybe that explains why my miata doesn't turn so good.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:52 AM   #27
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Yeah i was looking at that route when i did my kit but that bitch wouldn't budge.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:02 AM   #28
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Mine didn't seem like it was gonna crack loose. 13/16 wrench and a soft mallet knocked it loose and saved the day.
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