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Unread 05-16-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Control Arm Bushings Coming Out?

Take a look at this:

Passenger side upper control arm/axle bushing


Driver's side upper control arm bushing


Drivers side lower control arm bushings


Every control arm bushing I've seen has been pressed in all the way up to the flange. These look like they are not all the way in or well on their way toward falling out (especially driver's side upper). Thoughts?

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Unread 05-16-2011, 10:33 PM   #2
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Kinda curious about this myself. I just noticed something similar while looking for the source of some clunking sounds.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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I am getting married in two weeks and taking a road trip for the honeymoon. I wasn't planning on dropping an axle before then. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Unread 05-17-2011, 12:16 AM   #4
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I am getting married in two weeks and taking a road trip for the honeymoon. I wasn't planning on dropping an axle before then. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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in all seriousness, one of mine looks just like that, and I think it should be pushed in to the "lip" of the bushing. Just my $0.02
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Unread 05-17-2011, 07:49 PM   #5
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Can I get someone to check what the FSM says about pressing in control arm bushings? Or even someone to look at their axle and say "yup looks like that" or "nope, pressed all the way in"? Either of those would be a big help.
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i just took my axles out earlier today, let me go check for you. give me a min
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Unread 05-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #7
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Just checked my FSM and it doesn't say anything really about the control arms. Just how to remove them. The only thing it mentions about the bushings is which bushing goes where.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 08:02 PM   #8
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Mine look like that and I get alot of clunking over bumps. I have the same issue or sway bushings. Ill Follow
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the pass upper bushing is pressed in with the lip of the bushing flush against the axle housing, the driver upper bushing has a 1/2 inch between the lip of the bushing and the axle housing. The lower control arm bushings have 3/8 in between the lip of the bushing and the control arm. So it looks to me like your bushings are fine.
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I just changed sway bar bushings to brand new OEMs. That helped with body roll as the originals were quite squishy. I've narrowed down the clunking to the JKS QDs which is really disappointing. Thank you for the reassurance, fellas!
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I've narrowed down the clunking to the JKS QDs which is really disappointing. Thank you for the reassurance, fellas!
Some local guys have complained about the clunks from JSK QDs on other Jeeps.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 09:14 PM   #12
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Well they are for sale. RCs on the way. If anyone wants them, they are more than half off what I paid. They are certainly strong and very easy to remove when needed. I would just hate to throw them away when I know there are people out there buying them new.
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Well they are for sale. RCs on the way. If anyone wants them, they are more than half off what I paid. They are certainly strong and very easy to remove when needed. I would just hate to throw them away when I know there are people out there buying them new.
I've started collecting parts to do a 2" BDS lift (thanks in large part to your write-up, ), and have been putting off ordering sway links. I'm hoping to keep it "clunk and rattle" free, and I would hate to have those making noise up front. I had only really considered the Zone fixed links for 2-3" lift, or the JKS quickers. Of course the Zone are not quick disconnect, but that should mean no noise.

I haven't seen any feedback on the RC ones. The site says they are for 3-6" lift, but I suppose they'd be fine with a .75" spacer up front. Price is pretty good too. I'll be curious to see how you think they compare to the JKS set.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 11:06 PM   #14
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I'll definitely report my findings. They should be fine at 2" lift as well. The sway bar might sit at a bit lower of an angle than it should, but not by much. I did read from one fellow that broke one recently (they are a LOT thinner than the JKS parts) but RC replaced it right away. If you wheel with them discoed then they will have a lot less stress. Street driving for a month is a lot less stressful than a day of wheeling.
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