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Re: Changing out LCAs
Yes, you will need to remove the CV shafts. There is no way you will get the new ball joint into the spindle without removing the CV axles. You shouldn't have to Sawzall the cam bolts, just spray them with lots of penetrating oil in advance. And take note of the orientation of the little notch on the cam bolts so you can line it up properly after you put it back. Basically, if you read my DIY ball joint thread, you will have to do everything except press out the old ball joint and install a new one. So really it won't be much easier to change the LCA as it would to change the ball joints. Clearances will be your biggest issue, and that's why you have to tear everything apart.
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