not a problem guys. thanks for the atta-boys!
i figured that since you have to tear down the whole suspension to get to the control arm itself, i should take some pics, as it would also serve as a good reference for nearly all suspension work. also a good place to send people with questions because the pics can show them whats what. plus, i ran into a lot of conflicting info as far as what size the axle nuts were, and a few other things, so i thought, "Why not make the end-all-be-all suspension how to for the B15?" you know, set the record straight!
not to mention that the B15 sentra forum is pretty sparse... with a lot of zero-reply threads too. i was really surprised, because the altima section gets a good bit of love. i think it might be because the labeling makes it sound like its for the s-er (or whatever they are) only. maybe it is... but i have a 1.8 gxe, and that's what ill be posting about since there's no forum labeled for it, specifically. if that impression isnt intentional, then maybe someone should change the name of this sub forum to include 'normal' trims.
even though this car is new to me, the front suspension is a common type... built exactly like a dodge neon/pt cruiser up front, except for the way the brake pads mount (pad brackets are part of the wheel assembly on the dodges). so once i got the wheel off, i was like, "this looks pretty familiar." i used to own a POS neon, and my sister has a pt cruiser, which are the same underneath.