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Old 04-13-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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F-CAB with shoes on?

Hey guys, quick question.


I am about to replace my F-CAB's this weekend and wanted to know if I can just pull my 325 onto ramps without using jack stands and taking the wheels off.

Before you start flaming, my driveway has a slant to it and I have replaced F-CAB's before on an e36. I don't want to take the chance of using an ample amount of force to get the bushing on the control arm, causing the car to move and tip the jack stands. You could imagine I wouldn't be a happy f'ing camper with a 3000 lb. automobile fall on top of me.

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Old 04-13-2011, 07:37 PM   #2
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well the wheels are connected to the suspension...
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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Anybody else have an idea?
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:26 PM   #4
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Yeah, I think you can, actually.

Plus, a little soap and water and they go on pretty "easily".
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:48 AM   #5
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I just did mine the other week in without taking the wheels off. Once I got the car in the air, it took about 25 minutes start to finish. If you want me to give a good write-up, let me know and I can throw something together for you.
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I think he's asking if he can drive the front wheels up on ramps and do the FCAB, so the front suspension will be loaded. If you guys say you can do this then thats fine but I'd never work on a loaded suspension...
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:41 AM   #7
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There isn't any place you can do this that doesn't have a slant to it? If doing it on a slant is a MUST, I still wouldn't do it with a loaded suspension. Chock the rear wheels EXTREMELY well, and after the car is jacked up put the ramps under the front wheels, that way if it does slip off the car falls onto the ramps and leaves your head with ample room to not get crushed.
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