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I need to R & R the right front universal joint on my '04 Treg V8. A few years ago I did this on an older Audi and on that car you could pull the axle without undoing the suspension, just need to turn the wheel hard to one side. Trouble is, I can't remember whether (for the right U-joint) you turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and wrestle it out from behind the axle (meaning access it from the rear of the wheel well), or turn the wheel all the way to the right and wrestle it out from in front of the axle/wheelwell. Can anyone advise me on this? Or on the Treg is it not possible to do this without unfastening the suspension bits? Thanks!

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'04 and '06 Treg V8s
 

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It's not possible without removing the sway bar end link and the bottom bolt attaching the shock to the lower control arm, at a minimum (The axle is captured by the shock).

You'll be best served if you at least remove the bottom ball joint to help swing the assembly away while pushing down on the lower control arm and wrestling with the shock to provide clearance to work the axle out. It's fun!

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