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post #1 of 11 Old 05-25-2019, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Front suspension reinstall

I’m finally getting my front suspension back together after having removed it, grinding any rust, painting etc and replacing everything. Mevotech upper/lower control arms, moog inner/outer tie rods, links, bushings and strut hardware. Struts are 4600s with OME MD springs.

I had a heck of a time getting the knuckle back in and I’m not loving how the upper ball joint is looking after finally getting it into the knuckle. Nothing is tightened down all the way yet. I had previously had the knuckle off before replacing everything and it went back on fine as I was able to jack up the LCA. Now, when I try to jack up the LCA, the whole Jeep is lifting even with the front LCA bolt loose. I suspect it is due to the new stiffer springs. I did manage to get everything connected but I’m worried about damaging new ball joints. I’m also going to have to jack the front end up considerably higher to get the wheels back on. The upper control arm is down pretty far. Does this seem normal? Do the pics worry anyone?

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Removed the clevis bolt and the lower control arm moved fine. Now I can’t remember if I had that out last time I put the knuckle on or not. The top ball joints are still pretty squished. Hopefully it works out okay.
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Don't worry about how they look with it jacked up, they're at their limit there. Keep the clevis, front mount of the lca and uca frame side mounts loose until it's on the ground. That'll keep from keeping the bushings twisted at rest.

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First off, I hate you for how clean everything looks.


For the balljoints, I wouldn't worry too much until everything is back on the ground and you've put a few miles on it for things to settle. Brand new parts will settle quite a bit.

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You use a floor jack to push the lower control arm up. That will seat the ball joints. Don't do the final tightening until you have the vehicle sitting on the wheels.
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Got the front end all back together and pulled it out of the garage to rinse off the months of dust from all the painting, sanding and various other work.

I left the clevis, front LCA, and upper control arm bolts loose before installing wheels and lowering it. Crawled under and tightened everything up for now. The rear ome springs aren’t installed yet. Have new upper/ lower control arms, sway links, sway bushings and track rod, along with coil isolators, a gallon of por15, and a fuel pump on the way to do the rear. Shocks are already new 4600s.

It still looks really high in the front. How much settling can I expect once I get the rest done and have it aligned?

Also as for the rear, any particular order everything needs to come apart/ go back together in?
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Don't most people run the 5100s in the rear and 4600s in the front when mixing OME and Bilstein?

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Don't most people run the 5100s in the rear and 4600s in the front when mixing OME and Bilstein?
I was advised that the 4600s would be okay. The 5100s supposedly add more lift. I didn’t really want any lift at all but I figured the original springs were shot after 190k miles. Haven’t pulled the rears yet but the fronts were pretty well rusted as well. Luckily, if I find I need to get the 5100s, it’s a super easy swap.
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Got it back in the garage and took a couple measurements. I wish I had measured the front before I took it all apart but that was 2 months ago and I had no plans on lifting it at that time. The front is at about 23” from axle to fender. The rear (still on original springs) is at about 20.25” from axle to fender. I guess that is pretty close to a 2” lift in the front assuming the rears have sagged a bit.

Still not loving the way the upper control arms are sitting in the front with jack and jack stands removed.
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It should settle more up front, I want to say I landed at 22 and change with the same setup.

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it looks great and yes Moog builds tough parts
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