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Unread 04-13-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
spritchard
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Fromt control arms

My wheels are leaning out at the bottom. I jack the car up and can find no significant play anywhere. Should I just replace all of the bushings on all of the control arms?

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Unread 04-13-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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What year is the jeep, how many miles, etc. Need more info.

Based on what you've said, if there's no play your bushings are probably okay. It is most likely due to your front shocks sagging, these trucks are known for that happening eventually. I'd recommend replacing the front coilovers. If you aren't able to do it soon, get your alignment fixed (this will straighten out the front wheels) otherwise you will wear your tires unevenly.

Inspect your bushings, I just replaced all of mine in the lower control arms - pain in the @$$. The only ones that were really bad were the lower clevis bushing - when the jeep was sitting on the ground, you could see the bolt wasn't centered in the bushing anymore, it was fairly pounded out - unfortunately, it's also the more difficult one to replace. Most people just recommend replacing the lower control arms as you can buy them as an assembly with bushings already installed. But then you're looking at $300 per side at least, as apposed to $150 for all the bushings (that's the high quality MOOG bushings, too.) - but it is alot more work pressing the bushings out. As far as the upper control arms, not worth replacing just the bushings, I'd recommend replacing the whole control arms with the JBA aftermarket ones - they come with new bushings, replaceable MOOG balljoints, and they correct a problem with the ball joint position on the factory arms. For the price, you can't go wrong. Check them out here. It doesn't sounds like bushings are your problem, though.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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Sorry, lol, it's an 06 4wd with 185000 miles. I also failed to mention that there is a thump when I hit bumps. When I lower the car from the jack there's also a thump when I back up the first time
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Unread 04-13-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Your springs are shot at that many miles
bet you're sitting an inch lower at least than new
Measure from middle of the wheel to bottom of the front flare and let us know what it is
But I'd bet you're needing all new springs and shocks all the way around

also front shocks do not sag, springs sag
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Unread 04-13-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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Eighteen inches on the front and eighteen and a half on the rear.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
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Over an inch of sag, front coils are more than likely stacking and causing noise over bumps etc
New suspension is the only way to fix it
Can replace with stock , but for about the same price you can upgrade to better springs and shocks
Check jeepinbyal for OME or Ironman kits
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