Yay.

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Nov 212011
 

Dri­ver side is done.

Cen­ter link by Febi had bad rub­ber for the boots.  Failed already at 0 miles.  Known prob­lem, appar­ent­ly.  AutoPartsWay wants me to pay to ship it back to them, will not offer exchange.  Nice.

I have pur­chased a prop­er OEM Lem­forder part from anoth­er deal­er.  Very much regret I failed to find these Lem­forder parts ear­li­er as I just know the left and right links have heav­en in their eyes already.

Pas­sen­ger side has a day of work and it is good to go.  Going to wait on the new cen­ter link to arrive so I can pop it all out.  Then the fun of work­ing on a dri­vable car begins!  Wee.

Slow progress.

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Nov 032011
 

I’ve not been doing much to the vehi­cle. I’ve not tak­en apart the pas­sen­ger side, cen­ter link­age all done, dri­ver side half done. After buy­ing a $200 spe­cial tool to com­press these obnox­ious coil springs, I ran into the prob­lem of the tool removal hole being slight­ly too small for the MUCH cheap­er gener­ic alter­na­tive. After a lot of attempts to drill or punch the hole prop­er­ly with the right tools, it turns out that in this case, the cheap hack was the most effec­tive. Take a 1 7/8″ bi-met­al hole saw, stick a 1 3/4″ hole saw into it, bolt it togeth­er as far up as you can with a 2″ #8 screw, use thread lock­er.