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post #1 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Installing control arms for first time, good write ups?

I am going to have my little brother with me (who drives the jeep more than I do) help install these fixed lower control arms that I recently purchased. I am looking for a good write up so he can visualize what needs to happen and use it as a good reference, I know there is not much to it, but a nice write up that maybe stu or 4x4xplor has would be great, at work and those sites are firewalled.


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post #2 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 01:58 PM
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I just removed two bolts each and replaced two bolts each then torqued them down and was done.

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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torque specs?

1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 02:16 PM
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Good and tight. I think they are suppose to be 90 ftlbs. Do one side at a time. You don't even have to jack it up if it is lifted.
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 02:17 PM
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Its a full lift install but you can just refer to the control arm portion.

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 04:38 PM
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just remove & install them one at a time. adjust to length needed if they're adjustable. i didn't even jack my jeep off the ground when unbolting the control arms individually.


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post #7 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 05:21 PM
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i think that torque specs are 130 at the frame and 80 at the axle i wud double check those numbers tho
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 05:50 PM
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If you are having a little bit of a problem getting them to line back up, try a jack under the axle, it helped line mine back up
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 06:56 PM
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If you are having a little bit of a problem getting them to line back up, try a jack under the axle, it helped line mine back up
i had this problem, put a jack right under the pinion so it tilts the axle.
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 07:30 PM
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I believe they are more likely to be approx. 45 -75 ft/lb. I can't recollect right at the moment....CRS!

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post #11 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 08:13 PM
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Not sure what kinda ends your control arms have poly, rubber or JJ but its a good idea to have it sitting on the ground before you completly torque the bolts or your going to rip your bushings.

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Torque specs below for you.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...-specs-474605/

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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-17-2012, 12:05 PM
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Realizing this thread is old, and it's probably a simple job, I have a few questions:

This sounds like I can swap the control arms with the vehicle sitting on level ground, tires on, etc. Is that correct?

Are there any precautions I need to make before removing the control arms? (One at a time and replacing it before doing the opposite side)

Any concerns about the axle rotating, thereby causing the body to drop and pin me under the Jeep?

I realize this is probably a simple job, and it looks simple. I put the lift on myself, so I'm not an idiot,but want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

Thanks in advance.
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This sounds like I can swap the control arms with the vehicle sitting on level ground, tires on, etc. Is that correct?
Correct but removing the tire makes it much easier to get in/around.

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Are there any precautions I need to make before removing the control arms? (One at a time and replacing it before doing the opposite side)
Just make sure the arms you're putting in match in length, side to side. The pinion may rotate a bit so before removing any arms just take a jack and put some slight pressure on the housing directly underneath the pinion to prevent it from rotating.

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Any concerns about the axle rotating, thereby causing the body to drop and pin me under the Jeep?
The body won't drop on you as long as you have springs installed. Just be smart and don't put yourself under the lowest point of the axle just in case, weird stuff happens.

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post #15 of 15 Old 09-17-2012, 12:24 PM
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Thanks Zombi
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