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S13 Rear Upper Control Arm Install

Old 03-20-2007, 05:30 PM
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S13 Rear Upper Control Arm Install

I finally got a set of rear upper control arms in. Here's the install!

Tools needed:
Jack
Jackstands
Crescent wrench
Socket wrench
Socket extension
3/4 socket
11/16 socket
3/4 wrench
Breaker bar
Torque wrench
Small hammer

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ProjectNissan RUCA's
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The RUCA's should have been the first rear mult-link suspension part I upgraded but I didn't...Whoops! Jack the car up and put the jackstands in the appropriate places.
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Next you'll need to get the breaker bar to bust loose the inner control arm nut.
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After you bust it loose, get an extension on your wrench and the 3/4 socket to remove the inner RUCA nut.
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Now get the breaker bar and the 11/16 socket for the outer RUCA bolt. You'll need to use the 3/4 wrench to hold steady the outer RUCA nut while you bust it with the breaker bar.
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Next, you'll need to remove the lower strut nut.
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Small hammer
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Using the small hammer, gently tap out the inner RUCA eccentric bolt but before you do that you should stop and use a sharpie to mark the position that the eccentric washer was in before removal so you can put it back in the same position later.
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Eccentric bolt and washer.
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Now that you have the RUCA off you can slide it down the shaft of the strut assembly.
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Push the strut to the side and remove the RUCA.
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Take your new RUCA's and align them to the same length as the stock RUCA's.
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Use a crescent wrench to move the washers.
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Now you can put the new RUCA's into place, put your inner, outer RUCA and lower strut nut back into place.
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Use the crescent wrench to tighten the RUCA washers.
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Torque the inner RUCA bolts to 51-65 ft. lbs and the outer RUCA bolts to 57-72 ft. lbs. Replace the lower strut nut and torque to 57-72 ft. lbs.
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Finished! Hit up the alignment shop.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:32 PM
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nice write-up bro, its good to see some fresh installs with good pix.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:35 PM
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^^^ x2 nice pics
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:38 PM
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also how good of quality are the megan and project nissan parts i was thinking about putting the same on my s13
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:41 PM
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I've only had the toe rods and traction links on for about 2 months but I haven't had any problems yet. I haven't driven on the ProjectNissan RUCA's yet but I'll let everybody know how they perform as soon as I do.
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Old 04-08-2007, 12:42 PM
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did you have any problems when you took your car to get aligned...did you need to take it to a specialty shop?
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:17 PM
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Haven't done an alignment yet. Hopefully this week before the new tires come in.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:49 PM
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I can't wait to get mine installed. They've been sittin in my living room for a month now.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:55 PM
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What kind do you have if you don't mind us asking?
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:52 PM
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I have a set my friend gave me for doing a photoshoot for him.



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