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D.I.Y. Mik

Kingpin/trunion Bearing Replacement Hcr32

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If you have the dreaded creaks in your front end this could be the solution. Be sure to eliminate any other possibilities first.

:excl: Before you start this you must try to get the lower bearing. :excl:

It is hard to find, Nissan will make one for $150, and the dust seal is $120, so try and save the seals.

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Be safe, use stands and a good jack.

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You need a breaker bar, a 14, two 17s, a 19, a flathead screwdriver or two (one strong and one sharp).

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Take off the front wheels

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A bit of wd to loosen things up.

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Pop off the brake line clips, just these two is enough.

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Undo the nut on top of the swaybar link. Take off the washer and rubber.

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Take the sharp screwdriver and carefully pry off the dustcap.

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Undo the nut and take off the washer too.

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Out it comes. Dont forget a block of wood!

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Undo the nut at the bottom of the strut. Take it off the arm.

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Undo the nut and bolt on the outside of the upper arm.

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Push the arm down to get the bolt out

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All gone.

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Always clean parts, especially if you are taking them to a workshop.

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Rust!

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Remove, etch prime, paint.

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Now you can take it to get the bearings pressed out, and the new ones in.

Putting it back together is easy, just do it all in reverse, and dont forget to grease the new bearings, use plenty.

Thats pretty easy, its only a few nuts and bolts, the hard part is getting the bearings and seals.

Torque settings: Foot pounds.

Kingpin nut. 72-87

Lower strut nut. 80-94

Outside upper arm nut and bolt. 65-80

Swaybar link. No data for gtst. GTR is 30-35

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nice write-up

what did the bearings cost and how much did they charge you to remove and install the bearings?

cheers Mike.

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The guy at Nissan gave me trade price i think, the bearings cost $250 for the pair. 2 weeks wait, lucky it wasnt 4.

The upper bearings are $8 each.

Pressing cost me $100, the lower bearings arent easy to get out, they had to weld the bearing together to get it out.

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