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Torque question, Lower control arm, alignment, need to make sure of this...

Thanks in advance for any and all help here.

I had a shop install my new coilovers and a new left rear lower control arm. I'll spare the details, but the work did not go well. Totally should have done it myself in the end, but thought it would save time... oh well. The shop has since fixed much of what they did wrong, but I want to get under the car and make sure of the torque they set since I'm hearing some upsetting knocks. I won't take the car back there again.

I read in my helms that any bolts on a bushing need to be torqued to final specs while under load, but I have a feeling the shop did it while the car was in the air.

If I loosen the nuts/bolts on the lower control arm enough to retighten to torque while the car is on the ground, will that cause my alignment to go out of whack? I'm not going to remove the LCA, but was not sure if any of the bolts were critical to alignment.

Any other issues I should know about here?

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Re: Torque question, Lower control arm, alignment, need to make sure of this...

What you're referring to is resetting/de-stressing/clocking the suspension bushings. Some people don't notice any difference, some people notice a 20mm drop and a huge difference in ride and handling. I say it can't hurt and can only help, and will prolong the life of the bushings.

Theoretically it IS possible for minimal movement of suspension components when resetting the bushings from a torqued state back to a neutral state, but it's negligible.

If you wanna make it easier on yourself you can kinda cheat- put the entire car on 4 jack stands, take the wheels off, then put a jack under the hub of the corner you'll be working on. Jack it up until that corner just starts coming off the jack stands, then go to town
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