DIY A-ARM BUSHINGS
The first thing you need to do is remove the spindle from the car. Do NOT put the upper a-arm spacers under the a-arm. You need the space to remove the spring.
Removing the spindle is straight forward. Unscrew the tie rod end. You may need a pickle fork to get the tie-rod out of the hole. Sometimes a simple hit with a hammer will be enough to lift it out of the hole.
Most of the time I would recommend leaving the brake caliper on the car, but in this case there is nothing to tie it up to, so it's easier to just remove it and bleed the brakes later.
The only thing left is to remove the balljoints and shock. This can be troublesome if the balljoints have never been removed before. The bolts will rust into the holes and sometimes will need heat or maybe even be drilled out. We had trouble getting the shock off of the a-arm. It finally came off with a nice 3# hammer and pry bar!
If you've had trouble getting your balljoint bolts out, getting to this point on both sides might be time for a beer break! For the others that anti-seized their bolts, then this has probably been pretty easy so far!
Now it's time for the fun part!
I did not really need a spring compressor to remove the spring. This is probably due to the fact that my springs are lowered from stock.
I bought a spring compressor for $20 from some website, so they are not a bank buster!
What we did to remove the spring was to loosen the spring mount on the upper a-arm. Then we simply pulled the spring and it came out. As you can see, the upper spring mount makes a nice home for mice. I found lots of crap in the hole!
Now it's time to remove the a-arms!
The lowers are done by removing the 6 bolts holding the mounts onto the car, and the uppers are done by removing the 4 bolts. Be sure to keep track of what side the camber shims are on, as you need to replace them to keep your alignment in check.
You will need to remove the spring mount on the upper a-arm to get it to fit through the hole.