I got lots of suggestions, I just got done with it, also my first time on a street car. First pack a lunch it is a tough job the first time, but I bet if I were doing it again it wouldn't be that hard.
I would not bother with the PST grease packs, go get some good synthetic grease, somewhere a while ago 95wagon suggested a brand, I couldn't find it so I used Valvoline synthetic grease, it is quite and seems to be a really good grease.
Install your LCA bolts before you put all of your steering stuff on. Practice on somebody else's car first, it will make your life much easier. That last one was a joke. Hopefully a this will help a little, there are a bunch of guys here that know way more than me but those are some thoughts of somebody who just finished (like Tuesday) his first PST instal.
I just did my front end over the course of a week (I only have sundays off right now). I removed it in 1/2 day and reinstalled in 12 hours. Man I was tired. If I had to do it again, I'd do the A-arms on one day then finish up the next day (tie rods and stuff).
1. I agree with 93wagon. Install arms first before anything else. The bolts will hit the centerlink. You'll see when you get under there.
2. To remove springs, place jack under lower ball joint and barely put some pressure on the lower arm. Remove lower ball joint from the steering knuckle (i think thats the right term) using a pickle fork or similar. Once separated, slowly lower jack and then remove. Then pull the spring from the bottom perch. You may need to push the LCA further down to remove spring.
3. To install spring, make sure the upper and lower CA are in place bolted up to the frame - hand tight. Also, install the steering knuckle onto the upper ball joint and thread the nut in a few turns. Using electrical tape, tape the spring isolator to the spring so it doesn't slip off. Place the spring in the upper perch and try to push the bottom of the spring on to the LCA. You will not get it all the way in just yet. If you look at the LCA spring perch, you'll see 2 small holes. The end of the spring should fit between them. Turn the spring to that it lines up with the 2 holes and slightly overshoot it to the right. You don't want to have the end of the spring catch the opening where the shock goes through. Otherwise, you'll NEVER get it in. Once everything is lined up, push the spring in as far as you can and then place the jack under the lower ball joint (make sure the zerk fitting is removed tho). Slowly jack up the LCA. As you get the LCA level, the spring will start to creep towards the perch and then all of a sudden, it will pop into the perch. Check to make sure that the springs line up with the holes and then install the lower ball joint on the steering knuckle and thread the nut through.
4. When removing the tie rods, don't completely disassemble. You can use the length of the original tie rods to get the toe in/out close enough to get to an alignment shop.
Other than that, everything else is pretty straight forward. This was also my first front end. BTW, the spring install tip was given to me by MIKE454SS! Thanks Mike!
Looking Into getting a whole new suspension kit for 96 impala. Had for about 10 years now just sitting, so like to bring her back to life with a while new upgrade rear and front suspension including shocks/struts. Just put a new battery, fresh Royal purple oil, k&n oil filter, and k&n air...
Have a 96' SS and was contemplating putting extended LCA's on it. Started looking at the rear end and could visually notice that the passenger side rear tire was further back in the wheel well than the driver's side. I saw in another post that Ghetto stated there was an old TSB on the axle...
My ball joint popped out this morn. Looks like the cause is because the hole on the steering knuckle is worn oblong. So I need to replace the drivers side. The OE is discontinued. I'd rather not do used on an almost 25 yr old steering part. Anyone know of a good aftermarket alternative?