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Old 06-18-2016, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Need coilover install help. Lower strut bolt in backwards?

Hi,

I didn't find this problem in my quick search of the history. I'm rebuilding my coilovers and ran into a problem while getting the rear right removed. I think the bolt is in backwards, it is in the way that the bolt needs to be slid out towards the rear of the car, but I can't get it out because it hits the rear axle. I've included a couple pictures to show the problem. I check the left rear and the bolts are in the other (slide out towards front of car).

So, any idea how to go about getting this strut off? I broke the right rear axle awhile ago and had a service shop do the repairs, I think they may be to blame for the bolt issue and I'm worried they may have installed the bolts before the axle and I'll have to remove the axle to get the bolt out. I hope not as I'm not too savvy, and that kind of work may be over my head/tool chest.

Let me know if you have any solutions.

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Old 06-18-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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My first thought is take it back to the shop that did it, ask them to figure it out. Other than that pull the axle, which if u say over ur head/tool chest already, may be.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response. The issue is they did the work about 5 years ago in another city. If that is the only way then it's my only option, but I guess I'm hoping someone has a clever solution I haven't thought of.

I found a step-by-step on replacing the rear axle. It looks like if I go pickup a 32mm socket I could possibly remove the control arms and push the axle out enough to make room for the bolt to come out without too much hassle, and then just put it all back together (and torque to spec). Anyone with more experience know if this might work or not?

Again. Much appreciated.

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Old 06-22-2016, 12:26 PM   #4
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Anybody have any experience dealing with the axle? Can anyone tell me if disconnecting the lower control arms and the 32mm hub nut will allow me to pull the hub forward enough to get that bolt out?

I'm worried to try it as I don't know if the axle can simply be removed from the hub and placed back in. I'm probably being overly cautious, but I appreciate any feedback you can offer.

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Old 06-22-2016, 12:51 PM   #5
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It's not that hard to pull the axle as you are suggesting. Can't say specifically to the instructions you are referencing without seeing them.

Essentially yes, you need to disconnect the control arms to be able to pull the axle enough to get the bolts out.

They are probably rusted in there so they will take some effort to get out.

If you think this is beyond your capability, find a good Subaru mechanic to do the work and you should be able to watch them as they work on the car so you can see how it is done.

Check your local forum for suggestions of a good place to go. Dealer can do it, but you WILL pay a lot more for the job with them
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