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You will need to seperate the lower ball joint in order to get strut out of the knuckle.This will allow ample room to drop knuckle off strut to get the m disconnected.
Disconnect air suspension height sensor (5359) from lower height sensor ball stud and position out of the way.
Exhaust air from air spring. Remove solenoid valve as outlined.
CAUTION: Do not allow the halfshaft to move outboard. Over-extension of the tripod front wheel drive joint could result in separation of internal parts, causing failure of the joint.
Remove and discard front suspension arm-to-ball joint nut. Using Tie Rod End Remover TOOL-3290-D or equivalent, separate ball joint from front suspension lower arm.
Remove front spring and shock-to-front wheel knuckle pinch bolt and nut. Using a large screwdriver, slightly spread knuckle-to-front spring and shock pinch joint, if required, for removal.
Thanks for the timely response. I have already removed the old air bag/strut assembly. Since it was deflated, I was able to push it up and out. The new conversion has a coil spring instead of an air bag and can't be depressed enough to work it in, so to be clear, If I disconnect the lower ball joint I will have enough play to get this new assembly in?
I think there has been some confusion about my question. I was not asking about how to remove the old air strut, I need advice on installing an after market conversion strut.