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post #1 of 7 Old 12-03-2015, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Which bushings usually need replacement on the Front Lower Control Arms?

Hello all,

I am currently working overseas and only get home to the States once a year. I had someone back home take the Jeep in for inspection so I could register it again. The Jeep failed the inspection due to bad lower ball joints.

I have been reading through threads and the job doesn't look that tough. My WK is an '05 with 115K miles. I have an OME HD kit with JBA UCA's. I only want to tear that front end apart once and get it aligned once.

So far I have bought the following MOOG replacement parts:
-Front LCA ball joints
-Inner and outer tie rod ends

I need the help of the community to tell me if all the bushings on the LCA go bad or just a couple (maybe the clevis bushing and the lower rear bushing?)

There are three bushings in the LCA and I think these are the Mopar part numbers (please correct me if I am wrong)

52089989AA (MOOG-K200182) - Front Lower Rearward
52089991AB (MOOG-K200183) - Front Lower Arm to Strut (clevis)
52089988AC (MOOG-K200181) - Front Lower Forward

I have a ball joint press and am hoping these can be pressed in using that. My main question is do all 3 go bad usually?

Thanks for the help!

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-05-2015, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I decided to order all 3 and am just going to rebuild both lower control arms while I have things apart.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-05-2015, 07:19 PM
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Please let us know how this goes. I need to do mine. I get the clunk over bumps. Thanks.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-06-2015, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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I won't be doing this until July of next year when I get back to the States. Can you wait that long?? LOL
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-06-2015, 07:20 AM
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Maybe. It is the wife's Jepp. LOL
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-06-2015, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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I am hoping everything comes apart easily. I have a ball joint press that I will see if I can use to press in the new bushings. If that doesn't work, my plan is just run the control arms to a shop with a press and have them do it. Figure it should be pretty cheap since its only 4 bushings and the part is already out and ready to work on.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-06-2015, 07:50 AM
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I have a Dake press at work, so hopefully it helps.
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