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    geneius4
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    Hi all,

    I am rebuilding the front suspension on my 81, and so far have been able to overcome all obstacles except one: I can't seem to make sense out of the torque specifications listed in my shop manual. here is what it says:

    BOLT TORQUES

    Ball Joint Stud Nuts
    Upper 50 ftlbs
    Lower 80 ftlbs

    Joint to upper arm (service replacement) 25 ftlbs

    Steering Arm nuts 70 ftlbs

    Control arm Pivot to frame
    Upper 50 ftlbs
    Lower (nut only) *** there is no torque listed, it just says "see below"

    Cross Shaft Bolts 50 ftlbs

    Shock absorber
    upper end 90 inlbs
    lower end 150 inlbs

    stabilizer bar
    link nuts 18 ftlbs
    bracket bolts 120 inlbs

    Lower control arm shaft to crossmember
    front 70 ftlbs
    rear 95 ftlbs

    mounting bolts disc brake caliper
    70 ftlbs





    Now most of this i get, but i am hazy on a few points:
    1. It lists torques for upper ball joint to control arm, what about lower?

    2. what is "control arm pivot to frame"? how does it differ from "control arm shaft to crossmember"?

    3. why is "control arm shaft to crossmember only listed for lower?

    4. the lower control arm pivot to frame says"see below" where there is a diagram i totally do not understand. It shows the whole car, with several distances marked off, and i dont understand what it has to do with the front suspension.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,

    Thanks, Gene

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    Gene,

    Hang tough buddy hopefully someone that can help you with your question will come along pretty soon.

    I'll try to remember to look through some of my books and references by the this weekend Hopefully you'll find your answers sooner.

    Bud

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    Thanks for the encouragement, i wonder if i can just use the same torques on the lower as on the upper where its not listed. I gonna check a few more places i know of and see if i cant find out.

    Gene

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    Gene,

    I would think (and this usually gets me in trouble) if the bolts are the same size, then the torq specs should be the same. If not then somewhere in the Shop Manual is a torq rating for bolts..

    Good Luck
    Bud

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