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post #1 of 20 Old 01-25-2011, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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98 ZJ Stock Lower Control Arms

I am trying to install a 3.5 Lift onto my ZJ (first lift) and the bottom bolt on the stock lower control arms just will not budge whatsoever, so I am just looking for some advice on breaking them free and if this is usually a trouble spot or not on the ZJ's. Any light shed on removal of the control arms is greatly appreciated, thanks.

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post #2 of 20 Old 01-27-2011, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else ever experience this problem???
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-27-2011, 06:44 PM
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Try heat, rust penetrator, more heat, and a cheater bar.

Let it soak overnight too with the rust penetrator.

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thanks but i actually just read that i can use my stock control arms with a 3.5inch lift , is this true?
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-27-2011, 09:32 PM
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you're gonna need a 2 ft 1/2 dr breaker bar or similar size or an impact wrench, and possibly heat.
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-27-2011, 09:39 PM
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yeah you can i have them on mine, the only thing is the back wheels are really close to the front of the wheel well. and for some reason i rub my front left tire only when in reverse going down a hill. but you can do it. it rides fine.
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yeah you can i have them on mine, the only thing is the back wheels are really close to the front of the wheel well. and for some reason i rub my front left tire only when in reverse going down a hill. but you can do it. it rides fine.

what are you running for tires?

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post #8 of 20 Old 02-14-2011, 05:35 AM
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im not running that lift but from all my observations youll only be able to run like a 31" tire with stock control arms, proabably 33" tires if you change them out
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post #9 of 20 Old 02-14-2011, 06:10 AM
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had to cut off one of the front LCA bolts. It was a HUGE PITA and the replacement bolt from the dealer cost a lot.
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post #10 of 20 Old 02-14-2011, 06:54 AM
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that is an eccentric bolt or cam bolt it think its called.. that is what is used for your caster alignment. PB Blaster it overnight, then only apply your torque from maybe an impact wrench or BFH /breaker bar to loosen it on the nut side. If not you impact the bolt head side , the chance of breaking the cam bolt is greater.

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When i replaced mine I followed the advice posted previously.

Soak it with PB Blaster a day or two in advance. And then I used a 3 foot cheater bar. It was easy.


(Now putting it back together was a pain. Couldn't get the bolt holes to line up right had to borrow a friend to help get everything in place.)

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I run 31's with that setup. I'm pretty sure with adj rears and stock fronts and a little trimming ill be able to fit 33's
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I run 31's with that setup. I'm pretty sure with adj rears and stock fronts and a little trimming ill be able to fit 33's

you talkin adj uppers and lowers? i was thinkin of doin something like that to run 33s. i know on stock rear arms and 3.5"+ is stuffing the rear tires into the front of the fender. let me know if you have any more info on that. does any one know of a chart that shows CA lengths with X amount of lift for the zj? i have one for my xj. thanks

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post #14 of 20 Old 02-14-2011, 11:00 PM
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Yeah itl probably be rear upper and lowers. I have about 3 inchs of room between the front of my rear fender and tire. Like I said with the 31's I only rub the front of my left front fender in reverse going down a my driveway Right as I make the transfer from my pitched driveway to road,and it barely touchs the tread. Trimming to clear 33's shouldent be much.I also need upper and lower front control arm bushings so that probably has something to do with the little rub. As for buying new control arms, IMO don't waste money on the fixed ones just buy the adjustables so when you decide to go bigger later you can easily. IRO makes some pretty good ones and are not too expensive. Last time I checked it was 300 or less for upper and lower rears. If you haven't already I'd invest with in a rear track bar as well as a front one if you didient get it with the lift.

I am curious on wich shocks you got with the kit though? I got the doetsch tech and I love them but the only thing I hate is how much they limit flex.
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PB Blaster and an Air Gun...

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