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Old 07-09-2010, 08:42 AM   #1
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Bent Control Arm Bracket?

I just purchased a 2000 Jeep Wrangler and noticed that the control arm bracket on the driver's side sits at an angle, whereas the one on the passenger side is straight. I'm pretty sure the driver's side one is bent. I searched through the forum and it seems this isn't too difficult to replace if you know someone who can weld, which I do, but I wanted to get a second opinion.

Is this sucker bent? And if so, what should I replace it with? If this bracket is bent, what other things should I look for that could also be damaged?

Driver's Side bracket from front:


Driver's Side bracket from back:


Passenger's Side bracket from front:


Is the vehicle safe to drive in this condition?

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Old 07-09-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Yup that puppy is bent fo' sho'. My buddy's looked just like that after a tow truck crashed into his tire. I'd check out the front end components to make sure nothing else is bent or damaged . . . track bar, steering, control arms, even the axle. Those brackets are really cheesy . . . if you plan to wheel much you'll probably want to put some beefier brackets on, or weld a plate on the front like many of us have done to strengthen them up a bit (Currie sells weld on plates). The way your bracket is bent leads me to believe it is from a side impact where there might be other things out of whack too . . . doesn't look like it was smashed on a rock while offroad.

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The factory brackets are pretty cheesy so they can and do bend without it necessarily causing damage elsewhere. One of mine actually tore away where it was welded to the axle tube. I'd get a replacement bracket from RE which is a lot beefier and have it welded back into place.
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Thank you both very much!
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:16 AM   #5
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id replace them all while youre at
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Get a reputable shop to weld on some new HD LCA brackets like the RK or Genright ones. No more issues after that.

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