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Old 05-30-2016, 10:26 PM   #1
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RTAB and FCAB Post Mortem

Just finished up replacing RTABs, FCABs, sway bar end links, tie rod ends, and steering coupling. To be honest the feel of the car after fixing it was so much better than it was despite the frustrations. I found the most annoying parts being lining up the lollipop bushings on the FCABs. I also managed to cross thread the RTAB tool . However, everything is in and now the car turns in SO much better.

Couple tips when doing this job:
  • On the FCABs you'll have a much easier time attaching the lollipop bushings if you don't bolt up the ball joints.
  • Get a Ball joint separator AND a pickle fork
  • Double check the RTAB orientation
  • You can get away with just doing the Tie Rod ends. Use an adjustable wrench on the hex pattern next to the boot and a Vise-Grip on the tie rod end. Count how many turns it takes to remove the tie rod end and then install.
Also thanks to Mango for the suspension refresh thread and do the various DIYs I found on the forum. I also used all Meyle (HD) products.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:05 AM   #2
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Did you do LCA's at the same time as FCAB's?
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:06 AM   #3
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