Can you tell me a little bit more about this jobHi,
I don't take the Subframe out ................
I do them by using 4 x 500 mm lengths of Studding, weld a Nut on the end of each, then run another Nut right down next to that, (same thread as Subframe bolts obviously)
Remove one Subframe Bolt at a time, Screw the studs in one at a time about 8 to 10 turns each using the welded nuts, and then run the free Nut up to nip each corner of Subframe, then when you've got all 4 in, lower the Subframe by winding down the 4 Nuts evenly until enough room to get the Bolts out of the Arms to replace them
Note that I will always do all of the Arms both sides at the same time, use either Febi Bilstein or Lemfoerder Rear Arm Kit, fit them and forget them for another 15 years
So you don't take anything off, just loosen 4 bolts for subframe until you can to take out bolt that holds torque strut?I've also done this job, on the wife's 2000 S500. You do not have to remove the driveshaft or brake lines. I replaced everything on the right-hand side. Turns out the car didn't need it, but I'd already bought new parts (Lemfoerder, Rein, and Genuine-MB), so I figured, it'd be a good learning experience. You will need 12-point Torx-like sockets, of male gender, to do this job, as some of the suspension bolts do use 12-point Torx-type heads.
The only part of the suspension that you need to lower the sub-frame for is that torque strut. Everything else can be done without lowering the subframe.
Thank you man! I do lots of jobs in garage by myself, but this was first time to do job such as this where you need to lower subframe, for my previous cars I never needed a procedure like this.I was describing the procedure to lower the Subframe, not how I do the whole job.
TBH it is basic mechanical procedures ................
I do take the Bottom Bolt out of the Shock Absorbers it allows it to come down easier, also the Height Sensor(-s) Linkage(-s) gets undone, easiest way on an Airmatic Car is to mark where the adjustment is and remove the centre bolt ............... ABC Car has 2 Height Sensors, un bolt their couplers from the Lower Arm each side !!
Also I un bolt the Calipers and slide them off the Discs, cable tie them to the metal Bracket for the metal Brake Pipe each side, so as not to stress the Hoses, and finally I un hook the Rear Exhaust Rubber Mounts.
Propshaft can stay as can Wiring for brake wear indicators and ABS, just be mindful it's there, perhaps un clip a couple of it's clips to gain a little more "slack"