Got the passenger side strut and axle out. I have the transmission almost out. The starter and a couple of bolts are all that are holding it in. The engine has a support bar holding it and a transmission jack under it.
This is the biggest repair I have ever done. Brakes, water pumps, thermostats, shocks oil changes are my normal. I did the timing belt on my 91 Miata, under valve cover harness repair on my diesel Excursion and helped my brother a little on his 95 Miata engine swap.
Here is my list of parts. Some are because the car has almost 100k miles and they had to come off anyway.
1. Struts - I did complete strut kits, only $5 more per side and I did not have to mess with springs
2. Both CV axles - drivers side leaking
3. Sway bar end links and bushings
4. Rear main oil seal
5. Clutch kit (throw out bearing, pilot bearing, clutch pressure plate, clutch)
6. New fly wheel - more than having machined but no surprises
7. New motor mounts. left, right, lower
8. Master cylinder
1. Engine support bar
2. Transmission jack
3. Torque wrenches
4. Lots of sockets and extensions, wrenches
5. Breaker bar and/or air impact wrench
6. 1.25 inch or 32 mm socket to remove CV axle nuts
7. Jack stands
8. floor jack
The video I watched showed just moving the strut and hub out of the way to get the CV axles out.
Not sure if i'm allowed to post links, sorry in advance. CV axle removal is covered about 13 min into the video. you only have to do the outer on the right side if you are not dropping the transmission.
So I got the Reline MTL in the transmission today. Took it out for a test drive and the only issue was a dragging sound from the passenger side. It turned out I must have bent the brake shield at some point and it was touching the rotor.
I also did not replace the sway bar to frame bushings. I could not figure out how to get to them.
Sway bar bushings? The ones in the middle of the car?
You can get to them from underneath...I did it that way....blindly.
Or i think...just remove the battery box and then get them from the top. I had to remove the battery box to chase a dropped screw and noticed the sway bar bushing bolts were visible from the engine bay. You would need some extensions.
I had almost everything back together when remembered I had them. I was under the car and could not get a socket on them and gave up quickly. They old ones are still quiet so I did not worry about it. Maybe later.