Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Control Arms

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Removal & Installation



Lower
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise vehicle and remove rear wheels.
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  5. Put match marks on lower arm washer and on suspension frame to install the bolts correctly in position.
  6.  
  7. Loosen lower arm mount nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove rear coil spring.
  10.  
  11. Remove suspension rod mount bolt and then lower arm.

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    Fig. Lower control arm

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To install:

  1. Install lower arm.
  2.  
  3. Install lower arm to rear suspension frame.
  4.  
  5. Insert suspension lower arm inner bolt from the vehicle rearward.
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  7. Install lower arm washer with its graduated part facing up.
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  9. The marks on lower arm washer and rear suspension frame marked before its removal must be aligned and, tighten bolt and nut temporarily by hand.
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  11. Install rear coil spring.
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  13. Install wheel with nuts and lower vehicle.
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  15. Tighten lower arm outer bolt and lower arm mount nut, shock absorber bolts to specified torque with vehicle weight on suspension.

    Lower arm outer bolt 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Lower arm mount nut 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Shock absorber upper bolt 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
     
    Shock absorber lower bolt 65 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
     

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  17. Check rear toe and camber adjust it as necessary.
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Upper
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise vehicle and remove rear wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove control rod.
  6.  
  7. Remove trailing rod.
  8.  
  9. Remove lower arm.
  10.  
  11. Remove rear suspension knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Remove wheel sensor bolts from upper arm.
  14.  
  15. Remove upper arm bolts and then upper arm.

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    Fig. Upper control arm

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To install:

  1. Install upper arm to rear suspension frame.
  2.  
  3. Insert upper arm bolt from the upper arm inside.
  4.  
  5. Tighten upper arm mount nuts temporarily by hand.
  6.  
  7. Tighten wheel sensor bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install rear suspension knuckle
  10.  
  11. Install trailing rod.
  12.  
  13. Install control rod.
  14.  
  15. Install lower arm
  16.  
  17. Install rear wheels and lower vehicle.
  18.  
  19. Tighten each bolts and nuts to specified torque with vehicle weight on suspension.

    Upper arm mount nut 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Shock absorber upper bolt 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
     
    Shock absorber lower bolt 65 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
     
    Lower arm outer bolt 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Lower arm mount nut 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Control rod outer bolt 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Control rod mount nut 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Trailing rod rear bolt 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Trailing rod mount nut 98 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     

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  21. Check rear toe and camber adjust it as necessary.
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