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post #1 of 9 Old 06-04-2019, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Control arms

I looked at a Jeep today that the seller said had a rancho 4 inch lift installed by the prior owner. The lower control arms were not shaped like anything I've seen.

The were not solid metal instead the were metal shaped in this type of pattern to form the control arm-XXXXXXXXXX. I hope this makes sense.
I looked on the rancho site and searched and could not find any images of TJ control arms in that shape.
The control arms had zerk grease fittings.

The Jeep is an 02.

Any input is appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-04-2019, 06:56 PM
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OEM arms are formed, but would not have zerks. Any chance you took a picture?
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OEM arms are formed, but would not have zerks. Any chance you took a picture?
I did not. I'm going back to see it Saturday and hopefully close the deal. All i can say is they had a grid pattern sort of like the Eiffel tower
If I have to replace them at some point I will.

The Jeep I'm looking at is a rust free including the frame two owner 02 6cyl with the 3 speed auto tranny. Dana 44 rear in excellent condition. Only 70,000 miles plus service/maintenance history. Hard top and new soft top.
It has been babied by it's last owner who is in his late 50's. I'm getting it for 12K which is a good price around here.

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those are the old school rancho arms. not really a tube or bar but like a structural design you would see under a bridge.

those were a bit before my time in the TJ world but as long as they are solid and the correct length they arm material shouldnt be an issue, its the quality of the joints that is important.


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No. They are like what Ironhead posted. He answered my question. Thx
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those are the old school rancho arms. not really a tube or bar but like a structural design you would see under a bridge.

those were a bit before my time in the TJ world but as long as they are solid and the correct length they arm material shouldnt be an issue, its the quality of the joints that is important.
Mystery solved! Thanks!
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I was thinking of the ones danb posted. those look like just a couple of poly bushings wedged together at each end. thats not a great option as they don't offer enough rotation and transfer stress to the control arm mounts, unless there is some flex in the arms themselves.
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thats not a great option as they don't offer enough rotation and transfer stress to the control arm mounts, unless there is some flex in the arms themselves.
I was thinking the same thing. Looks like a pretty stiff arm.

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