Notices

front control arm re-install

 
Old 02-28-2014, 06:43 PM
  #1  
RBP
User
Thread Starter
 
RBP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 145
Default front control arm re-install

Anyone have any helpful tips on getting the control arms back into their place? I replaced the bushings with the Elephant Sport type and found lots of info on the R&R of the bushings but nothing that talks about the actual control arms which need to be removed to change the bushings. I can't seem to get them back in. How difficult should it be? Do I need some sort of press? Has anyone had any issues? I tried a rubber mallet but that didn't work.
RBP is offline  
Old 02-28-2014, 06:55 PM
  #2  
996scott
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
996scott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 1,163
Default

Mine went back in place pretty easy. Does it seem way off or just a little too tight to get it in? Maybe use a jack to push it in? Sorry not much help.
996scott is offline  
Old 02-28-2014, 07:38 PM
  #3  
EMBPilot
Banned
 
EMBPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 2,389
Default

Use a bottle jack
EMBPilot is offline  
Old 02-28-2014, 09:27 PM
  #4  
OverBoosted28
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
OverBoosted28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Central California
Posts: 3,474
Default

Rubber mallet or hammer and block of wood
OverBoosted28 is offline  
Old 02-28-2014, 09:48 PM
  #5  
lopro
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: 6feet under snow of CANADA
Posts: 3,667
Default

an interesting thread for those doing their control arm bushings. https://rennlist.com/forums/924-931-...-tutorial.html

Last edited by lopro; 03-01-2014 at 09:21 PM.
lopro is offline  
Old 02-28-2014, 11:17 PM
  #6  
FabianS
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
FabianS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Calgary, Canada.
Posts: 538
Default

Try freezing then in the freezer overnight. I used to do that with dirt bike suspension bearings, and they slipped right in.
FabianS is offline  
Old 02-28-2014, 11:59 PM
  #7  
rlme36
User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 954
Default

Did them. Use some grease to put them back in. My choice was dielectric since it was handy and I used some wood and my vise. I only used grease on the beginning portion to ease it in the trailing metal serrations grabbed the inner alum arm just fine.
rlme36 is offline  
Old 03-01-2014, 09:17 AM
  #8  
AOW162435
Seared
Rennlist Member
 
AOW162435's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Posts: 15,683
Default

I've removed & installed quite a few sets of 993 control arms and always find a few carefully-selected swear words to assist the operation.

That said, make sure the keyed steel insert (in the large bushing) is oriented parallel to the arm, and towards the center of the car. This 'nib' needs to mate with the recess in the subframe. Hook the front of the a-arm over the subframe and then wrangle the rear portion into position.

This is easier with poly bushings as the arm is free to move on the bushings.



Andreas
AOW162435 is offline  
Old 03-01-2014, 06:54 PM
  #9  
RBP
User
Thread Starter
 
RBP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 145
Default

Thanks all. I ended up using a file to make sure the surface was smooth at the rear bushing fork where the bushing has to slide in. I added grease on both sides of the rear bushing washers and used a 2 x 4 and hammer and got her done! Looks good but they don't just slide in easy, I'll say that much. The front bushing was lined up correctly it was just very tight fitting. I guess I thought they would go in with the same difficulty as they came out, not the case.
RBP is offline  
Old 03-01-2014, 08:54 PM
  #10  
Jeff96-993
Addict
Rennlist Member

 
Jeff96-993's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 1,807
Default

Also, as a precautionary reminder, after the bushing install, make sure you put the correct control arm on the correct side of the car. Of course, I did not do that, and spent a couple of hours wondering why the rest of the suspension bits didn't mate quite perfectly. Flipped them back to the proper side, it worked perfectly, as one would expect.
Jeff96-993 is offline  
Old 03-02-2014, 09:30 AM
  #11  
RBP
User
Thread Starter
 
RBP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 145
Default

I replaced mine because I was told that was why the steering wheel would shake a little at certain speeds. When you guys changed them out what was the difference or was there no difference? As you can see mine are installed in the right location. After I cleaned them off I noticed there is a big R on one with felt pen, I expect it's a factory mark. It's still visible in the photo.

Last edited by RBP; 11-28-2014 at 04:08 PM.
RBP is offline  
Old 03-02-2014, 01:57 PM
  #12  
Mike J
Addict
Lifetime Rennlist
Member
 
Mike J's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 8,162
Default

OR someone else had them off before you. I have never seen the factory mark the part - but there is always a first time.
Mike J is offline  
Old 03-02-2014, 06:12 PM
  #13  
RBP
User
Thread Starter
 
RBP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 145
Default

It's not likely since the "R" was covered by the black film that was factory done. At least that's what I was told. When I cleaned all the coating on the part the mark was underneath.
RBP is offline  
Old 03-02-2014, 06:24 PM
  #14  
rlme36
User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 954
Default

now that is interesting. I recall seeing the "R" on mine when I did mine, thought it was for the reason already mentioned, someone else had it off for some reason.
rlme36 is offline  
Old 03-02-2014, 06:37 PM
  #15  
RBP
User
Thread Starter
 
RBP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 145
Default

It is interesting. I think it unlikely someone removed the control arms, cleaned the factory coating off, did whatever the project was, marked the right side control arm with a "R", reinstalled the control arms then re-sprayed the coating overtop.

I initially thought someone rustproofed my car, then a fellow Porsche guy more knowledgeable than me informed me that that coating was factory applied and all the cars had it.

Anyone have a comment on the overall improvement the new bushings make? I would just try it but I won't get to try for a few more months. Still have lots of snow here and colder than normal.
RBP is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: front control arm re-install


Contact Us - About Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: