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Last inspection reveled a couple of issues one being the left front strut was failing so we bought a set loaded (springs already installed) front struts for my wife's 2006 Beetle.
This morning before work I started to do as the books says and prep for the struts removal. I also did a bit of reading on the web and ran across a few people that said for the right side of the vehicle one does not have to remove the axle drive or tie rod to remove the strut. Well of course no year mentioned of the Beetle but I am now at the stage were I can not lower the strut any more, I may have to remove the axle as it is hitting the sub frame (see photos). I am also tiring to make out if the lip of the sub panel is bent up.
Question one is there a way to continue without removing the axle and qestion two if not how is the right axle removed, book is pretty sparse on that subject.


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I have a strut spring compressor so today I was going to try to compress the spring on the strut and see if tat gives me the option. I was trying to avoid any need to have the front end aligned later. Not fond of beating on the knuckle. If the spring compressor does not work I will give what you suggest a go. The left went in nicely but the bushing on the top is much bigger than the one taken off but I am assuming that is due to the bushing being compressed since 2006, just hope the front of the Beetle is not higher than the back of the car.
The struts seem to be very good in a full match to the originals.
Thanks TheJarhead for the information.
 

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Yeah the spring compressor was just in the way regardless just not enough room to work.
I ended up removing the the inner axle from the trans as the outer nut on the bearing was just super tight. Also did a you suggested a removed the three bolts from the lower ball joint, leaving the tie rod connected. Supported the complete assy with a small jack and inched it back and it dropped to were I could remove and install the new strut. All together now and not one wired sound when driving 😬.
Next week the rear shocks, boy I must be a sucker for punishment.
Thanks for the help Jar Head.
Cheers
 
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