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Old 05-15-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Does Strut removal also require control arm removal?

Hello all,

I can't seem to be able to remove the front struts with out removing the control arms. The strut is too long and won't clear the steering knuckle clamp. Am I missing something? These are OEM struts on a 325 touring with Meyle HD control arms and a non sport suspension.

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Old 05-15-2009, 10:09 PM   #2
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remove the one bolt on the control arm that goes to the strut....the stabilizar bar and the tie rod....then with a jack i put a bar underneath the strut and pushed it out.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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Thank you, I didn't undo the tie rod. I didn't think it was limiting the control arm drop but I'll try it.
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:22 PM   #4
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Wanted to post my experience for reference. I did have to pop out the ball joint and tie rod end to remove the stock strut (non-sport). I can see how the sport suspension would probably be short enough to slip out w/o removing the ball joint.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:37 PM   #5
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I also believe this problem stems from Meyle control arms not dropping down as far as OEM ones.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:48 PM   #6
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No special magic is needed here. Just unbolt the lower end of the strut and leave the top bolted (you may need to slightly loosen the three hat nuts to allow for the strut to achieve a different angle). Then step/kick on the top of your rotor (use common sense here and don't step on your brake line and try to catch the kunckle when it seperates from the strut). I have Meyle too.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:10 PM   #7
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Egad...I would avoid stepping on your rotor as that should be supported with a floor jack once you take out the strut. Definitely loosen the three nuts on the strut tower. All you should really have to do is finesse the strut out of there by shaking/wiggling the hub and the strut. It may seem tough at first, but if you can achieve the right angle, it will slide right out after some persuasion.
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Old 06-24-2015, 12:41 PM   #8
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Thanks, using a jack and a bar to compress the spring - so it's shorter and will pull out of the hub.
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