Before we start, I just want to say this is to remove the subframe if you already have the rear suspension/hub assembly removed. Also, If I have missed anything and/or have something incorrect, please give your input. This is here to help people who may be a little overwhelmed by the task. And lift off……
Difficulty: 1-2 out of 5
-Motorcycle Lift(or jack or a few people, you pick)
-Have on hand
-14mm wrench and socket
-Large Pry Bar or Pry Tool
-Liquid Wrench(can make life easier)
-Brake Parts Cleaner
Alright, to start things off you will need your car off of the ground…of course. You will want to have sufficient lighting to keep things safe. The circled areas are the 4 main nuts that hold the subframe up but I will get to the removal of them later.
First things first, drain the fluid from your diff. I guess its not required but it can make things a little lighter and easier to drain the doing it in the future. If yours is like mine, it will be a 1/2″ square drive like you would find on an impact gun or a socket wrench(what you attach the socket to).
Once drained and re-plugged, you can remove the bolts for the drive shaft. I found that it was easier by fitting the end of the wrench into the lip of the subframe. From here, you can put your pry bar thru the holes in the joint and turn the shaft to brake the nuts loose.
The first thing from here is to put a jack under the subframe so it doesn’t drop on your toes…After that, you can remove the suspension arm that doesn’t allow you to remove the furthest back nuts on the subframe. You can also detach the ground and the vent house(not sure if that is completely correct).
After those are removed, you can now start to take the nuts and bolts out to drop the subframe. You will want to remove an L-Shaped bracket on the front of the subframe. This has two bolts and one nut. You will need to remove all three but once they are removed, I suggest putting the nut on until all of the nuts are loose(just to prevent possible accidents). The L-Shaped bracket is circled in a later picture.
After the front nuts are loose, you can loosen the rear two nuts.
After all of them are loose, it is safe to remove them as long as you have people holding the subframe or are using a sturdy jack. Note that you do NOT want to drop it all the way yet because you still need to remove two brackets that hold the e-brake cable in place.
Once those are removed, you can now slide the subframe out from under the car. Below are locations of all of the bolts/nuts that are on the subframe itself.
3-Suspension Arm Bolts