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Old 01-03-2011, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by babymog View Post
I did mine on the ground. Left all settings shy of snug, installed the wheels and lowered the car, rolled the car bacward/forward to remove the side-loading and settle the suspension, checked/set alignment, torqued the bolts. Not difficult to torque the bolts laying on the floor (using the cardboard-creeper).
But how do you tighten the nut behind the wheel, on the thrust arm, if the wheels are on? I can most likely fit, some of my pants are getting a little tight but I'm still pretty skinny. ... the problem is accessing the bolts; I'm having a hard time imaging getting a socket let alone the large torque wrench in some of those spots with the wheel on.
gsxr explained the way he did it as: jack up under the wheel carrier until the ride height (center of wheel to fender lip) is ~15 inches, then tighten. I'm leaning toward that way, if I ever get to it ... I was going to lift it back up last night but I hit a deer in my beautiful Jeep and have spent all my time since then dealing with that.
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