Are you doing the front? If so, you will need to remove the axle nut off. Otherwise, you will rip the boot or dislodge the axle. It makes life a lot easier. Do not try to force the knuckle down to get the strut on.
Again, great time to replace your upper and lower control arms. It's a lot of work to have to do it again. Once your start loosening bushings, they will show the age real quick. Alignment will be affected.
So, 1 the lower control arms showed up they are at the parts store but not the tops, the guy said bring it in, we will do the struts than next week we will do the control arms real quick and align it, but now he’s struggling getting the struts out lol, I said soak everything and do the rear than go back to the front, now he wants me to order the clevis for the struts so I can just replace everything but the dealer has none in stock Fml,
Well... I got the passenger side done and let me tell you, it was a bish, we couldn’t get the bottoms clevis bolt out, with heat, beating it, i don’t see how it is seized in there because, the upper and lower control arms look new, I had to go buy a new impact, that didn’t work, my friend helping me out has a huge shop, so we drove to his shop grabbed his 3/4” impact and got the nut loose, but the bolt would not budge, couldn’t find my dam 36mm axle socket, so we had to run to Orieleys to pick one up at 10 till closing time, we finally got it out and fought to get it back in, but it’s done ! Now after I got it on the ground at look at the new struts and the original one, and I see a bump stop in the old one, but not the new ones, wtf? Do I need this in there?
Got the driver side knocked out, in like 5 hours cause just like the other side it was seized up, but I went back and disassembled the passenger side, took the spring/strut back to the tire shop and reassembled everything back in an hour and a half !
Decided to pull the half covers off and paint them, still work in progress,
wanted to leave them like this but the lines were to jagged, so my wife decided to jump in and help
all else fails I’ll jus pick up the newer set lol