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Unread 09-14-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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problem with my currie arm

I finally got around to making brackets to install theses


Then decided to check out the rest of my suspension to get ready for the up coming hunting season and found this


My control arm was canted all the way to one side at the frame and axle. I thought to myself "that's not right". Grabbed the pipe wrench and attempted to straighten it out. Thought maybe the last bump I hit jarred it sideways. That didn't work so I jacked up the jeep and tried again. Then I decided I would take the whole thing off and see if I couldn't get it straight. Of course not!!

I just put these things on about a month ago. I only have about 100 miles on them.

Any thoughts on why this happened? Just the thought of rebuilding them after only 100 miles just rips me apart. I don't know if its my fault or if they weren't put together right.

Any suggestions? Not sure why the picture of the seats decided to flip

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Unread 09-14-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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Currie joints are very, very, very tight. That's why they're so good. Get a 12" 3/8 drive extension and put some man into them. You shouldn't have a problem centering the ball. In the future, don't worry about it. As long as both balls are oriented the same, you won't have an issue. If it bothers you, use a big pipe wrench. Otherwise, weld a couple flats onto the middle of the tube so you can easily use a wrench to rotate it.
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Unread 09-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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Well, Know I feel stupid. I just figured there would be a little give. It would make sense that packing them with grease would make them really really tight. The task now is getting both the ends to line up again. I already got one end sort of straight.

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Currie joints are very, very, very tight. That's why they're so good. Get a 12" 3/8 drive extension and put some man into them. You shouldn't have a problem centering the ball. In the future, don't worry about it. As long as both balls are oriented the same, you won't have an issue. If it bothers you, use a big pipe wrench. Otherwise, weld a couple flats onto the middle of the tube so you can easily use a wrench to rotate it.
x2... As long as the jam nut is doing its job and both joints are misaligned in the same direction then all is well. Don't bother centering them though they'll always tend find a home off center.
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Well after an 30 to 45 minutes of pushing beating and a few swear words, I got it put back in.

Thanks for all the reassurance.
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x2... As long as the jam nut is doing its job and both joints are misaligned in the same direction then all is well. Don't bother centering them though they'll always tend find a home off center.
Mine were off center after the first drive but they ride so nice I don't care how they look.
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Well after an 30 to 45 minutes of pushing beating and a few swear words, I got it put back in.

Thanks for all the reassurance.
There is no beating, punching or swearing if you follow a few simple rules when you install the Currie arms.

First, let the arm hang and install the frame side first and push the bolt through. Use the leverage of the arm to align the ball and center the body of the joint in the other mount. (don't try to install the swinging end, just lever the arm over until it lines up in the mount)

When you have the ball aligned in the frame end, pull the bolt and install the other end in the axle side and lever it over until the frame side is pretty lined up. You won't be able to slide it up in the mount, but you can approximate it pretty well.

Now pull the axle side, re-install the frame side, slide the bolt in and then swing the lower end up into the axle mount. If you get any resistance, stop and peek in there. The flat ends of the ball should be perfectly square to the mount and if they aren't, you will fight the install. If they are, it will slide right into place.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 03:09 PM   #8
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There is no beating, punching or swearing if you follow a few simple rules when you install the Currie arms.

First, let the arm hang and install the frame side first and push the bolt through. Use the leverage of the arm to align the ball and center the body of the joint in the other mount. (don't try to install the swinging end, just lever the arm over until it lines up in the mount)

When you have the ball aligned in the frame end, pull the bolt and install the other end in the axle side and lever it over until the frame side is pretty lined up. You won't be able to slide it up in the mount, but you can approximate it pretty well.

Now pull the axle side, re-install the frame side, slide the bolt in and then swing the lower end up into the axle mount. If you get any resistance, stop and peek in there. The flat ends of the ball should be perfectly square to the mount and if they aren't, you will fight the install. If they are, it will slide right into place.
That is exactly what I did. My issue was I couldn't get the balls centered. I had to use some extra force to get everything lined up right. It didn't take me long. It just took longer and was more complicated than it was when they didn't have any grease in them the first time.
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My issue was I couldn't get the balls centered. I had to use some extra force to get everything lined up right. It didn't take me long.
^ Ahahahaha, out of context quote of the year right there folks.
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And I thought this was funny..................

"Get a 12" 3/8 drive extension and put some man into them........... As long as both balls are oriented the same, you won't have an issue. If it bothers you, use a big pipe wrench."
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My issue was I couldn't get the balls centered. I had to use some extra force to get everything lined up right. It didn't take me long.
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^ Ahahahaha, out of context quote of the year right there folks.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 10:13 PM   #12
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I was worried about that. You guys crack me up. Just don't ask my wife about the issue.
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