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do you need to remove the spring to change balljoints? all my balljoints are shot. as well as all the bushings. but I will address that later.

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No, just put a spacer between the upper control-arm and the body where the arm passes through the inner fender, This "unloads" the suspension.
 

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Thanks all. I dont need to know how to replace just if I needed to take the springs off first. Thanks again lots of help. Will probably order and change early next week!
 

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An old lug bolt between the upper control arm and the body--one on each side-- worked very well for me to unload the control arms.

Good luck. Not a terribly difficult job. The car is a lot tighter with new ones!
 

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For a spacer....I found a hockey puck works fairly well.
 

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The metal in that location is does not have a straight top edge. Any flat spacer will crush the metal edge in the centre. That's why the Saab tool has a shape designed to match the shape of the bodywork.

When the edge crushes, paint and underseal are lost which won't help guard against the dreaded driveshaft tunnel rot.

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Which bushings?
all the suspension bushings

they are 20 years old. I just replaced the alt. bushings and they were so shot. hard as rocks. im sure all the other ones are the same
 

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The alternator bushings live a very "warm" life. Unless they are constructed out of different material to account for the engine/alternator heat they must absorb, I'd say that the suspension bushings might be expected to last a bit longer.

That said, 20 years of use has prolly extracted most of the usefulness out of them......:cheesy:
 
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