02' front suspension replacement shortcuts?

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  1. Zoucrew

    Zoucrew New Member

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    Hi

    I have a 2002 silverado 1500 z71 ext cab 160k mi

    I posted in another forum but wanting to get more opinions


    Front wheel hub bearings are shot. I also am replacing the control arms, tie rod, and bar links. In case, I also bought new steering knuckles.

    If eveything is coming off, I was planning on removing lower control arm first then upper...and following my Haynes instructions.

    But if everything is coming off....any obvious shortcuts or method to follow?

    I have replaced the wheel hub bearings once before but not the control arms.
     
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    droptinegmc GMFS Member

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    Pb blast everything a few days before. Even if it doest need it.

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    AssWithaC That New Guy.

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    From my experience, it is much easier to disconnect the tie rod, bar links, and UCA to lower the entire hub and then pull out the strut assembly as I t is only connected to the LCA and the strut housing. This makes the removal and installation of the both control arms extremely less frustrating as fitting most sockets and wrenches in between the coil is a bitch and a half.

    Overall I prefer to work from the top down when removing my suspension parts. Gravity works with me and I usually throw an old jack stand or just a good ole bucket underneath the lower ball joint to keep the hub from dropping when I remove the upper bolt. Don't forget to detach your brake fluid hose. Had the misfortune of ripping one of those once, not too fun.

    Best of luck, would love to see the new parts when they're on.


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  4. ScottyBoy

    ScottyBoy Whatcha wanna do???

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    I saw a guy on Facebook trying to sell a pair of brand new 4wd Timken hubs for $115 if you are interested.

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  5. Zoucrew

    Zoucrew New Member

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    got the right side done today. 8 hrs of straight work :caffeine:

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    AssWithaC That New Guy.

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    Halfway there! Haha looks good brotha, gotta do the same to mine soon.


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  7. Zoucrew

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    In case anyone is wondering, you can remove the lower control arm with the knuckle still attached fairly easy. Dont even need to drop the torsion bar [​IMG]

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    Why wouldn't it not come off together?

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    kids-at-711 Sexually identifies as a shopping cart.

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    wait, you didnt unload/remove the torsion bar before you took it apart?
     
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    no. I just releived the tension on the adjuster bracket.

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    You're asking for it.
     
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    Zoucrew New Member

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    this was the video that helped me the most

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    Theres a lot of torque loaded in that bar. But its unload rotation is very short. Not much can happen.
     
  14. Zoucrew

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    finished the other side today. took 2 less hours to finish and I still could not get the lower control arm ball joint to separate. everything else came off real easy

    would have been faster but i screwed up by putting the cv axle in without torquing the knuckle to wheel hub bolts so i had to remove it and put it back.

    drives a little leany and def in need of an alignment but otherwise drives great!

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    post alignment with new tires it drives better then it has in about a decade.

    i had good luck with my destination at's so i went back with them.

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