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post #76 of 89 Old 08-21-2012, 04:50 PM
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I'm going to keep this thread alive with a question on installing the currie upper control arms... What size drill bit do you use on installing the 7/16 bolts to the axle... Is it difficult drilling out those sleeves?
When installing the front uppers, if you aren't adding the axle housing JJ kit, you don't need to drill anything, just install with the original bolts. If you do install the JJ kit, use the greasable bolts that come with the JJ kit.

On the rear you just drill the upper axle mount holes to 7/16". You will not be drilling any sleeves. If you use a long 7/16" drill bit it makes it a lot easier. Those were the only holes I had to drill.

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but it appears the savvy control arms will not take the factory bolts and the holes appear to be a little larger....

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I just did my savvy fronts, lowers we're easy. Uppers I used the greasables on the frame side without any drilling and the stock one on the axle side. Little bit of slop on the axle side but I thought I saw somewhere Blaine said it doesn't matter. Who knows

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One thing I did was to unscrew the joint from the arm and anti-seize all of the threads before screwing it back in. That way all the threads are protected from galling and cold welding and rust, and if you have to adjust them later on, it will be much easier.

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One thing I did was to unscrew the joint from the arm and anti-seize all of the threads before screwing it back in. That way all the threads are protected from galling and cold welding and rust, and if you have to adjust them later on, it will be much easier.
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but it appears the savvy control arms will not take the factory bolts and the holes appear to be a little larger....
Not sure what model you're putting them on. The holes in the arms are for a 7/16" bolt and the original bolts on my '06 are 10mm (I think). There was a little play, but if you torque them down to spec you'll be fine.

I have to admit that I only ran it that way for a few weeks until I got the axle JJ kit installed...for $160, I think it's well worth it to get JJs on all ends of all arms.
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Did you just pull the flanges off the factory bolts and use them....Its a 06 Rubi LJ

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Did you just pull the flanges off the factory bolts and use them....Its a 06 Rubi LJ
If you're also replacing the rear upper arms, use one of the bolts from the rear uppers for the front upper axle side instead of the one with the flange. That way you can tighten them up easier.

If you can't do that, I have used vice grips to clamp the flange in place while I tighten things down.
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If you're also replacing the rear upper arms, use one of the bolts from the rear uppers for the front upper axle side instead of the one with the flange. That way you can tighten them up easier.

If you can't do that, I have used vice grips to clamp the flange in place while I tighten things down.
The Currie bolt will work in the hole at the frame end. That leaves both OEM bolts to use at the axle end. Use the bolt from the front of the upper arm and the nut from the back of the upper arm and make one bolt for the axle side.

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The Currie bolt will work in the hole at the frame end.
Completely forgot about that bolt, good point.
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Did you just pull the flanges off the factory bolts and use them....Its a 06 Rubi LJ
Good choice in Jeeps As others have said, just use the bolt from the other end of the uppers...
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Wow, I did not even think of using those.... After installing the kit my brain is misfiring a little...

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