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Thank you for providing that picture, however it wouldn't work in my situation because the bottom of the strut is around 2 - 3 inches below the bottom of the knuckle.

It cannot align with the entrance hole of the knuckle (on top).
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I had to tilt the knuckle out quite a bit and also the strut. I also tried to use a spring compressor to shorten the strut for installation. It didn't seem to work since there isn't that many coils to compress. I used that method on the back struts to change the top mount and spring without having to loosen the pinch bolt. I had to modify my spring compressor so the tightening nut was on the bottom versus the top. I made a extra deep well socket to use on my modified compressor.


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Does anyone know how long the subframe bolts are? What is the maximum that I can unscrew them?

The bolts are about five inches long but my guess that two inches are not engaged but are taken up by the rubber mounts. You shouldn't be lowering the subframe without the jack under it.
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This gives me an idea. I'm going to see if I can compress the spring to make everything shorter.


They sell a tool to make installation easier, but it is pretty expensive $150.
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You shouldn't be lowering the subframe without the jack under it.
I have a jack by each bolt.


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They sell a tool to make installation easier, but it is pretty expensive $150.
Do you know what that tool is called?
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I have a jack by each bolt.



Do you know what that tool is called?

Google Taurus strut installation tool.
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The bolts are about five inches long but my guess that two inches are not engaged but are taken up by the rubber mounts. You shouldn't be lowering the subframe without the jack under it.
When I buy a used Bull: I will pull out each sub bolt and grease the shank. If it is rusty as the one in the pic, I replace it with a JY bolt in good condition. Not gonna have one rust in two or twist off on mine. I also lower the sub for Alt install on DOHC. Lowering the sub is a fairly simple operation.


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In the official Monroe installation video for this car they suggest to raise and lower the sub frame via the subframe itself, instead of holding the subframe in place with jack stands and raising the car body.

I know they basically achieve the same thing, but isn't it more dangerous to raise and lower the subframe itself?
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I might suggest using a pittman arm remover, separate the ball joint from the knuckle, slide the strut into position, and carefully pry the control arm down with 6' bar or pipe and insert the ball joint stud into control arm. Don't cut the ball joint boot in the process.
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I might suggest using a pittman arm remover, separate the ball joint from the knuckle, slide the strut into position, and carefully pry the control arm down with 6' bar or pipe and insert the ball joint stud into control arm. Don't cut the ball joint boot in the process.
https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-a...ype/555623_0_0
I would consider this a last resort. I am on Bull #7 & #8, have maintained 2 for family, and had 5 Lin Cont so I have done a few. You can pull factory install BJ ok, but if a shop has had one off, then expect severe over tightened stud. I have the puller, but had to cut the stud, use heat and a sledge hammer and fail to get the stud out.
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