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I have rebuilt the front suspension on my car. I am reassembling it but have a problem with those offset shafts at the lower control arms. How do I tighten them correctly? I need to thread them into the frame as well as onto the offset shaft threads. How am I sure that they are both threading together at the SAME time?At what point do I tighten the rear bushing nuts? I know I need to have the car on the ground before these things can be final torqued.
 

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Just read in my 64 manual, it should be the same, they say to install the rear bolt, loosely thread, then the front, loosely thread the nuts. Also says shim as necessary. Then put spring in, line up ball joint and when car is at normal load position then torque to spec. It doesn't say whether to do front the back or anything like that. Put stabilizer on when weight of car is on suspension. Hope this can help, now I gotta check mine that I did it right.
 

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Thanks for the help,guys. I was able to assemble the shaft/bushings assemblies, but the shaft is not tight when it is in the down position and the bushing/nut assembly is tight to the frame in front. Should the shaft be thight or loose to allow movement? Is this where different shims comes into play? Possibly a thinner shim is needed to draw the bushing/nut to draw closer to the shaft thus making the shaft tight and not allowing movement? Maybe I just confused myself. LOL!
 

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BTTT for this.

Im "playing" with this problem right now

Thanks for the help,guys. I was able to assemble the shaft/bushings assemblies, but the shaft is not tight when it is in the down position and the bushing/nut assembly is tight to the frame in front. Should the shaft be thight or loose to allow movement? Is this where different shims comes into play? Possibly a thinner shim is needed to draw the bushing/nut to draw closer to the shaft thus making the shaft tight and not allowing movement? Maybe I just confused myself. LOL!
 

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Screw the front nut into the frame with the shims that came off of the old ones and torque it to specs. Then screw the off set shaft into it till it bottoms and then screw it out till the off set is down. Slide the control arm on and then put the rear bolt in. Wait to tighten the nuts until the weight of the car is on the wheels.
 

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Screw the front nut into the frame with the shims that came off of the old ones and torque it to specs. Then screw the off set shaft into it till it bottoms and then screw it out till the off set is down. Slide the control arm on and then put the rear bolt in. Wait to tighten the nuts until the weight of the car is on the wheels.
So that offset bolt just hangs there lose.

I guess that makes sense, in the past those bolts have always seemed to have some "stiffness", but i guess thats from 30 years of dirt and grease that has locked them up a bit

thanks once again 63ford406

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