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Old 08-02-2004, 12:21 PM   #1
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Is it possible to change out the front struts without having to drop the mount? I was able to do it on my Trans Am, but there was more room to work in and it was a snap. Will a offset wrench get down in there to turn the nut while I hold the shaft with a Torq bit on a rachet? My alignment is SWEET now and If that is possible to make the swap without removing the mount, I am sure I can keep the alignment, I was able to on the Trans Am just by marking the spindle before removing the origionals.

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Don't do it if your front springs are on the struts. Loosening that top bolt will allow the spring to force everything apart with alot of force and you will have grief trying to get it sorted out. Your Trans Am has the springs mounted between the lower control arm and frame, not on the strut itself, so you could remove those struts without much trouble. You need to take the strut out as an assembly & then get a spring compressor in order to collapse the spring before removing the top strut mount.
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Don't do it if your front springs are on the struts. Loosening that top bolt will allow the spring to force everything apart with alot of force and you will have grief trying to get it sorted out. Your Trans Am has the springs mounted between the lower control arm and frame, not on the strut itself, so you could remove those struts without much trouble. You need to take the strut out as an assembly & then get a spring compressor in order to collapse the spring before removing the top strut mount.
I was afraid of that.

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its pretty easy, just three bolts on top and two bolts holding it to the knuckle, You will need a spring compressor and you will probably be a bit off alignment after the job, but make scribe marks on the knuckle and strut.
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