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Unread 05-31-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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Front lower control arm bolt - driver side bolt @ axle

What is/was the orientation of the stock bolt on your rig?

The one's I've dealt with were inserted from the inboard side making it impossible to remove without cutting it. I find it interesting that this isn't something I've seen brought up on the forum in the past. Did I just miss it?

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Unread 05-31-2011, 10:46 AM   #2
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weird...haven't had any problems on mine. all the ones I've seen were inserted outward toward inward. somebody got it in, so it must be able to come out!

you sure you didn't get too drunk over the weekend? maybe wiggle it more? BFH?
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Unread 05-31-2011, 10:56 AM   #3
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Didn't start with the beer until later. The bolt was too long to remove despite any efforts. I was selling this axle anyway to make room for a new axle. The guy that bought it is using it to replace an axle bent in a wreck so I just left the control arm attached. I was replacing the control arms so I didn't need it.

The only way this could have been done at the factory would be for the bracket and control arm to be already bolted together, the bracket welded to the tube, and then the axle was installed under the frame on the assembly line.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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I've only replaced front control arms once and I remember that bolt. Keep fighting with the bolt and it will give up eventually. It seems like it won't come out but it does. Then you go through the same fight to get it back in.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 11:35 AM   #5
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The bolt was far too long to remove in one piece.

I don't really care at this point. The axle is gone. If it had be an issue for me, the bolt would have come out. I'm just curious about why I've not heard anything about it before. People like to whine & moan about the smallest thing and about this - nothing.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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Unread 05-31-2011, 12:50 PM   #7
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I removed mine in one piece, when I put it all back together I inserted it the other way!!
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Unread 05-31-2011, 02:39 PM   #8
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i used the hot wrench to get mine out when i replaced the brackets with currie's.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 05:50 PM   #9
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I don't remember how it was OEM, this is how I have it now...

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