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Old 06-12-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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Removing upper rear control arm

I need some suggestions on how to remove the upper rear passanger (right side) control arm. If it matters I have an 04 Rubi.

There is literally an inch of room between the bracker and the muffler and I know the bolt is longer than an inch. How did yall get yours out?

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:49 PM   #2
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If there's not enough wiggle room by pushing on the muffler to get the bolt past, all you can do is drop the exhaust. Try carefully to unbolt it from the hangers, but keep it supported so you don't bend or crack the front pipe. May give you that little bit you need. If not, off it has to come.

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If my memory serves me correctly, I believe I had to just undo 2 of the rear tailpipe hangers (shot of lubricant on the rod going through the rubber insulator) makes them slide in and out easier. This should allow enough wiggle room to get the bolt out. I know what a PITA. Just grin and get her done. I invested in a comfortable creeper for days like this.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:01 PM   #4
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I ended up cutting mine off, then put the new one in from the opposite side.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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Pretty sure you can pop out the last two hangers like said and let the muffler rest on the skid plate. Fortunately my bolt is above the muffler.
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I ended up kicked the muffler up & over a few times and wiggling the bolt out. A few cuss words speeded up the process. I've got a little more room to play with tho...so as said, loosen the exhaust hanger, then kick the muffler and cuss more.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:36 AM   #7
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I ended up kicked the muffler up & over a few times and wiggling the bolt out. A few cuss words speeded up the process. I've got a little more room to play with tho...so as said, loosen the exhaust hanger, then kick the muffler and cuss more.
I'm glad I am not the only one having to deal with this. I barely got the bolt out without messing with moving the muffler. I think there's no way around moving it to get the bolt back in though.
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I removed the exhaust from the hanger and used a ratchet strap to gently pull the exhaust away from the bolt.
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I'm glad I am not the only one having to deal with this. I barely got the bolt out without messing with moving the muffler. I think there's no way around moving it to get the bolt back in though.
I fixed the problem a few years back by putting a shorter profile muffler in.
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I fixed the problem a few years back by putting a shorter profile muffler in.
Not a bad strategy. I was able to remove both rear exhaust hanger grommets and use a strap to pull it away just enough to get the bolt in. I am golden now.

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