Hi, I recently took out the entire front suspension to replace the control arm bushings. After doing so, I realized I might also want to replace my current coilovers with new ones - or at least upgrade the spring rates. However, since I dissembled the entire suspension all at once, I didn't take into account trying to remove the shock by themselves. I'm curious about one thing. Assuming everything is in place, can you remove and install coilovers without disassembling any of the other parts? (wheels and brakes removed of course).
The reason I ask is because I'm considering putting the current coilovers back in to test out the new bushings and take some ride height measurements. But other than removing the wheels and brakes to make room, I don't want to have to disconnect the ball joints again to replace the shocks. If I remember correctly, the space was real tight.
So again, do you have to disconnect the ball joint(s) to make room to replace the shocks or not?
My car: The 1995 RallyWays Miata