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Replacing Control Arms?

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Hey everyone,I have a new set of Top Gunz control arms coming in for my truck and hopefully will be installing them tomorrow. Does anyone have any tips or tricks on doing it?:shrug:Thanks,Winslow

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Do one at a time otherwise you will fight them back in if the axle pivots ect. Soak up the bolts pretty good with penetrating oil as they can be a bearcat to get loose and out some times have a torch handy to heat them if they are stuborn. If you have acess to 90 degree grease zerks get them as it is a pain to grease them with the straights they come with "I have a set of these on my 02, thats why I know these things" I have to grease mine with a 90 degree jerk adapter which is a pain.

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Do one at a time otherwise you will fight them back in if the axle pivots ect. Soak up the bolts pretty good with penetrating oil as they can be a bearcat to get loose and out some times have a torch handy to heat them if they are stuborn. If you have acess to 90 degree grease zerks get them as it is a pain to grease them with the straights they come with "I have a set of these on my 02, thats why I know these things" I have to grease mine with a 90 degree jerk adapter which is a pain.

Did you just support the truck with jack stands and the axle with a jack?:shrug:

I've got both a torch and an impact gun that I plan to use. So hopefully that will make it a little easier.:thumbup2:

Do you happen to remember what size the zerts are? The 90* ones sound like a good and would be cheap to make maintenance easier.:thumbup2:

--- Update to the previous post...

Also one more question, where do you have you caster eccentric set at?:shrug:

Plus I just went out and sprayed some PB Blaster on the bolts. Good tip, for some reason just slipped my mind!:rolleyes:

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Some pictures:

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Well these are too short, they sent me stock length ones....

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New jack stands I just bought!

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Jack stand under the frame!

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Top and bottom are out.

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This stuff helps but I still ended up twisting off my front lower bolt... Going to have to call a dealer tomorrow and see what they can find!

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Done for the night and week really until they ship me the new ones.:mad:

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Those look good, would have been nice if they were right.:banghead: I replaced my bushings a few years back and it wasnt to bad, would have been nice to just replace the whole arms but I didnt want to spend the money. I set the caster positive as much as I could and it drives alot better than before.

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Those look good, would have been nice if they were right.:banghead: I replaced my bushings a few years back and it wasnt to bad, would have been nice to just replace the whole arms but I didnt want to spend the money. I set the caster positive as much as I could and it drives alot better than before.

Yeah the reason I went with them is to keep my 35s from rubbing the fenders! I sure wish they were right though!!:banghead:

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