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#1 08-30-2012 17:07:24

Strawman
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Registered: 04-12-2009
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lower control arms

So I am changing all the bushing upper and lower in the control arms on my 90 XJ and ran into a problem. The lower drivers side rear bolt refuses to come out. The nut is off and I managed to get the bolt to turn it only took using the floor jack as a press on the wrench to do so however I think the bushing sleeve has rusted to the bolt no make that welded itself to it. I am thinking at this point just cut thru the bolt with a sawsall if I can get one in there and replace the bolt. I had a bad case of the death wobble and there all toast the bushings I mean.
Also if anybody has a used set of longer arms for sale cheap before I bolt these back in let me know was looking at swapping a set in for a better lift.

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#2 08-30-2012 17:09:26

dave
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Registered: 04-03-2009
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Re: lower control arms

Just cut the bolt head off..
The junk yard may have some parts you need.

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#3 08-30-2012 17:15:09

Strawman
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Re: lower control arms

Wish I could just cut the head off but have to cut both sides inside the channel. :) its a jeep its never the easy fix. Will attack it tonight after work.

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#4 08-31-2012 09:32:08

eric
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: lower control arms

Assuming you still have factory control arm mounts, they bend fairly easily...if you cut the head off flush with the bracket, and other end flush as well, I've been able to just flex the brackets out of the way enough to slide the whole thing out. Another possibility is to get a cut off wheel up in there (like a 4 or 4.5 inch..not a little dremel kind) and cut the bolt that way.

I usually just attack them with an oxy-acetylene torch though, and cut the bolts out from the inside that way. Gotta be good with the flame though, as it's pretty easy to go too far and start cutting apart the bracket as well :P

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#5 08-31-2012 09:35:06

Strawman
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Re: lower control arms

Got it out I used a saws all on the one side and a grinder on the bolt head then twist and popped it out. What a pain 4 blades in the saw cost me more than the bushing did. To top it off this wasn't the really bad ones the upper ones are REALLY toast. This for something I drive once a month.
Thanks for the replies

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#6 08-31-2012 09:38:11

michael
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Registered: 02-03-2009
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Re: lower control arms

Eric has the right idea out cutting and bending the tabs to get it out.  Would be easier to install new arms with tabs spread a bit too.

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#7 08-31-2012 11:16:06

michael
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Re: lower control arms

should of said "about cutting" stupid touch pad on laptop. Palms keep hitting it as i type.

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#8 08-31-2012 11:16:35

mitch
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: lower control arms

For-sure on the bent tabs...

If you ever changed them out you would know...

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#9 08-31-2012 12:33:39

Strawman
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Re: lower control arms

Bolts I have no issue with :) I have a ton of them was just an issue getting the arm out of the jeep. I still havent put the new bushing in yet if anybody has a set of longer arms cheap tho.

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