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Discussion in 'New Edge Cobras' started by OzzDOA, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. OzzDOA

    OzzDOA E-Green and Mean! Established Member

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    Question for those who've installed this. How much of a PITA is this to do? Can I do it without taking the whole thing down like I did for the springs? I've had this thing sitting around since spring and it still hasn't gone on, I would have done it when I did my springs and bushings but didn't have a 21mm socket for the big bolts.
     
  2. 01yellercobra

    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    I didn't drop the IRS when I installed mine. The biggest pain I had was getting to the nut for the control arm bolt.
     
  3. sur_real1

    sur_real1 I Am The Organizer Established Member

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    Have no fear, just be patient and take your time. I did it without dropping my suspension as well.
     
  4. 01BlueCobraVert

    01BlueCobraVert Member Established Member

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    Ozz, I did it on mine. Although I did it when I dropped the IRS. You should have a torque wrench for when you re-torque the control arm bolt. I can get you the specs if you want. My weekends have just been full. You really need two people to do it w/o killing yourself w/ frustration.
     
  5. OzzDOA

    OzzDOA E-Green and Mean! Established Member

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    I have a wrench and the torque specs, IIRC its 110 ft-lbs.
     
  6. RoyWoods

    RoyWoods New Member Established Member

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    You might want to double check that number, b/c the forward LCA nuts are 184 ft/lbs on the '01's.
     
  7. OzzDOA

    OzzDOA E-Green and Mean! Established Member

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    I have the Ford service manual at home so I can double-check, that 110 was just a ball-park figure from memory.
     
  8. olgreydog7

    olgreydog7 Jaded Established Member

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    pick up some poly bushings for the brace while you're in there. They don't cost much and you have to drop the brace to install them I think. I did mine on my back in my garage without dropping the IRS. You can do it. You may need a mallet to beat it into submission. Also, little tip, keep the bolts IN the control arms. Don't pull them all the way out. But, pull them almost flush with the outside of the control arm bushing. That's the easiest way to get the brace to line up properly. It's a tight fit.
     
  9. OzzDOA

    OzzDOA E-Green and Mean! Established Member

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    I was thinking that there would be some alignment issues if the bolt was pulled all the way anyway. Either the arm would sag or need to be jacked back into place.
     
  10. anothersvtguy

    anothersvtguy Turner of Wrenches Established Member

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    Ok

    Not too bad, you will want a big breaker bar though, those bolts are on T I G H T!

    I did not drop the IRS or anything else when I did mine.
     

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