Alfa 156 Suspension swap
I'm about to change the suspension on my 156 v6 to coilovers. I have all the parts I could get, such as new front lower forks, drop links front & rear, top plates and rubber buffers. I had a look at the rears today, and couldn't get the strut to drop away from the top mount, undid the heavy metal plate and the top rubber cushion/buffer (inside the boot) car was jacked up by the jacking point, hub was jacked up to compress the spring, spring compressor was fitted and hub jack released, top mountand rubber cushion inside wheel arch didn't drop as I had expected, is there something else I need to unbolt? What method should I use to remove the bolts that hold the stut to the hub, the bolt that hold the rear transverse arm to the hub appears to be siezed or is it a long bolt that runs all the way to the front of the hub? I've changed the suspension on every alfa I've had with no problems, Guilietta, 2 Alfetta V6's, and 3 155s so I wasn't expecting this job to present many problems. Any tips or tricks, is it just stiction or does the lower of the 2 nuts on the strut shaft need to be removed to release the assmbly, the manual I have makes it look like that is the nut that holds the spring under tension and it is a bench removal operation. Thanks.