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post #1 of 28 Old 12-27-2010, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Currie CA's can't adjust enough for the new ultra-high TC skid

Well it seems that I can't get the rear dialed in with this new UCF ultra-high clearance skid and Currie control arms. I have the lower arms as short as possible and the uppers are out their max of 3/4" thread showing. I still have a 3-4 degree difference between the DS and pinion. The pinion still needs to point further up.

Any thoughts? I'd rather not have to buy new arms. Is it really unsafe to go past the 3/4" recommendation of Currie? Not sure how much more extension would be needed.

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post #2 of 28 Old 12-27-2010, 12:50 PM
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Been seeing alot about this lately, but I have not had to deal with it. One solution may be to take the lower arms off and cut maybe a half inch off of the threaded female end and reinstall. That should give you more adjustment. I still do not know why currie does not make their arms just a little bit longer.
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You can prolly get away with more than 3/4 thread showing on the UCAs cause you should never have the vehicle weight sitting on the like you do the lowers when your hung up on them.

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Before you start cutting anything I would call Currie, wait for Blaine to chime in, and/or read the other threads about this. Just to confirm your lower arms are Currie as well?

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Yep, all Currie arms (from Savvy). They had plenty of adjustment for my super short SYE and stock skid, but not with my new UCF skid.

I've read some other threads about Currie arms being short, but it seems like most were trying to run the lowers at stock length or longer.

I definitely am not cutting anything.

I'll wait for Blaine's input. I guess Currie makes them at custom lengths too?
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I'd call Currie! I have always had great customer service from them. Are you running Currie springs also? With the changes are your rear wheels centered in the wheel wells?


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Do you have vibes? Try driving it. I had to lower my pinion on the LJ cause there was a slight vibe I couldn't get out until I lowered the pinion angle. Otherwise, bring the lowers in one turn and look at it and drive it.

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BDS 3" springs. I haven't driven it yet, since I was trying to get the angles to match. I can't move the lowers in any further.

I haven't bothered with centering the rear wheels since I have to run the lowers as short as possible to get even this close (3-4 degrees off).
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Drive it to see if you have any vibes. If not you'll be good to go! I've notice on the last two Jeeps that I needed the pinion to be lower than I thought.

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Thanks for all the pointers, I really do appreciate it.

I'm just the OCD type. Since I've been told to set the angles to match (or maybe pinion 1 degree lower for axle wrap) I can't help but think that even without vibes I'm not doing it "correctly" and I'm causing wear and tear.

This is still my DD and things like this don't help my mental issues!
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rokmen has cv upper arms that are longer and have jj's at both ends.
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rokmen has cv upper arms that are longer and have jj's at both ends.
So does Currie. Just pick up the phone during business hours and let them know.

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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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I have the UHC UCF stuff, new rear DS in the garage. New Currie CAs should be here Wed.
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Well, it's vibe free at it's current setting. Drove around the block a few times and I set the frame up on jack stands and let the rear axle droop as far as the shocks allow. I spun everything by hand and in gear running and I can't see or feel anything binding. Looks pretty smooth actually, even at uneven angles.

Should I just leave it at this point? If I have no vibes should I worry about the uneven angles (3-4 degrees off)? It still bothers me a bit though. I'll take a look at it again tomorrow and see if slightly longer UCA's will put my mind at ease.

Now I have a click-click when driving. I can't get it to do it on jack stands, but I think my 2 u-joints at my rear CV end of the DS are a little loose and maybe making the sounds (I can barely wiggle them, but they are loose since I can get a tiny amount of movement). The axle end u-joint was really loose so I just went out an hour or so ago and replaced that one. Funny, I never noticed them being loose before. It definitely seems to be coming from the rear, and it will do it even when barely moving up my drive in first gear.

I guess the higher angles made things move a little differently and now they are making noises? They were noise free a couple days ago before the tummy tuck.
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