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36mm deep thin walled socket WTF?????

tried to change my front lower arms today, mission abort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cannot understand why does the ball joint bolt face downward on the lower arm?

strange to me, all the cars i have seen it has faced upwards, ok then do it the alfa way,

maybe the designer could have made the downwards facing bolt slightly shorter. but that might be too logical and easy

so i will take the drive shaft out but no i need a thin wall deep socket. iv got a normal walled 36mm deep socket but no some italian sometime thought it would be better if it only takes a thin walled one.

so lets find one, oh dear nobody has one to sell me in my town, huddersfield, iv got to order one, teng tools dont even make one, its going to be franklin, they will give me a ring in 2 weeks when it arrives.

i am very patient with my alfa, but today i am really ffuucc**eedd off with it.
i want to hammer all the panels in and then set it on fire.

i am just looking for my lighter now.
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Get a normal one and thin the wall yourself with a file or summat.
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I've come across this socket issue on another thread involving removing the lower wishbones. It is a bit daft that a simple socket holds things up. Please don't start attacking your car in a John Cleese way though.......it's not the bodyworks fault! good luck with the job when the socket finally arrives
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Disconnect the other end then ... 6mm hex socket. You will need to replace the 6 nylok nuts and loctite them on as they do tend to undo themselves after being taken off once. In fact DTE or elearn says you should replace the 6 hex bolts as well .. possibly due to the thread locking agent Alfa use.
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