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The lower sub frame/engine cradle and cross member that goes from the left control arm to the right control arm has to be removed. There is also a front to rear sub frame assembly that comes out with the lower control arm/engine cradle assembly. Normally what I do is disconnect both ball joints and unbolt all of the supporting bolts that hold these two pieces together and lower them down as assembly.
The lower sub frame/engine cradle appears to be bolted and wielded. How long does it take and can a home DIY handle this? How difficult is it?
They are not welded together. they are 2 pieces and bolted only. See below.