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#1 tommobot

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:15 PM

I've done a decent search but there doesn't seem to be full on guide on how to get this off.

Do both the rear suspension assemblies need be completely striped down?

I'm aware that need to disconnect brake hoses at the rear, and I'd guess rear / lower engine mount.

Also looks like I need to jack / crane the engine to release the engine mounts which then allows access to the subframe bolts?

Engine mounts can then be refitted without rear subframe.

Another guess, but if I was just replacing the shims the I could leave the wishbones in situ ish, and support the rear subframe with a crane, whereas if I were to repaint/refinish subframe I'd have to completely disassemble?

Apologies, it's been a few years since the rear clam has come off...

#2 Rosssco

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 11:36 AM

I've done a decent search but there doesn't seem to be full on guide on how to get this off.

Do both the rear suspension assemblies need be completely striped down?

 

You can leave it on, just the front lower wishbones mounts need to come off

I'm aware that need to disconnect brake hoses at the rear, and I'd guess rear / lower engine mount.

 

Yes, rear engine mount, then the engine will sit happily on the remaining 3 (Although you have to temporarily remove the side mounts to access the upper subframe bolt..)

Also looks like I need to jack / crane the engine to release the engine mounts which then allows access to the subframe bolts?

 

Yep, as above, but you don't need to re-bolt the side mounts back up, the engine will just sit on them (saves you removing the nut again)

Engine mounts can then be refitted without rear subframe.

 

Correct

Another guess, but if I was just replacing the shims the I could leave the wishbones in situ ish, and support the rear subframe with a crane, whereas if I were to repaint/refinish subframe I'd have to completely disassemble?

 

Yes, you could just loosen the bolts and pull it back to expose the shims, do one side at a time, but you'll still need to release the front lower wishbone attachments. This method would allow you to retain the exhaust in position (just disconnect at the manifold to downpipe flange)

Apologies, it's been a few years since the rear clam has come off...

 


Edited by Rosssco, 11 December 2018 - 11:37 AM.


#3 ukcat

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 04:30 PM

ALso make sure you re-tighten the subframe to chassis bolts correctly TIS is incorrect and states (from memory) 45Nm the bolts are M12 and require (again from memory) 86Nm




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