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Old 08-16-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Bent Control Arms?

So, was driving home late last night and had to swerve to avoid hitting a deer. It was a pretty good swerve and had to counter steer to regain control and in the process my control control arms look to have been bent. Everything is shifted to the left now, my front driver's side tire is about 2-3 inches out more than usual and the passenger side is in 2-3 inches. I did hit a wall due to the fact that I couldn't turn left to regain control but it wasnt too hard and only seemed to have suffer body damage. Basically, I guess what I'm wondering is what kind of opinions you all might have one what kind of damage I've done, cost and difficulty of fixing it? Jeep starts, runs fine. Nothing seems to be leaking, I can turn right, but due to everything being shifted to the left, I can't take left turns. Am I going to have to replace the control arms? They don't look to be damaged, just bent, would you reccommend just taking them off and banging them back into place?

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Old 08-16-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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Is your jeep stock? If so stock parts are easy to come by and can be real cheap or free. Can you take some picture to post on here so we can see all the components up front?

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pics, need lots of pics.
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if it was in my jeep, SMACK! hit that deere lol. like my dad saids dont sverve in this. it will flip
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i just hit the damn things... well, lock up the tires so insurance will pay for 2 new tires, and the damages of the deer.


if i would have swerved to miss that deer and hit something else insurance would not have covered it without a rise in my insurance.



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what is not in the picture is the body hit the door and bent the door and the quarter panel
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:36 AM   #6
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Pics would help. I'd definitely look into replacing the arms, especailly if they are stock as they are flimsy as is and don't need any extra weakening. As mentioned, you can probalbly find some cheap. Be sure to check both LCAs and UCAs. I'd also look at your track bar to make sure it's not damaged and check out the steering just to make sure everything looks in order once you've got things centered again.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:17 AM   #8
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The stock control arms are not the best, so any damage done to them I'd say just get rid of them. Once that metal is twisted like that it weakens it's structural integrity. Spend the extra money and get new ones or look for someone who just put a lift on there jeep and get there old ones!!
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The stock control arms are not the best, so any damage done to them I'd say just get rid of them. Once that metal is twisted like that it weakens it's structural integrity. Spend the extra money and get new ones or look for someone who just put a lift on there jeep and get there old ones!!
just to paraphrase i guess...
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K, got some pics.. unfortunately the only camera available was an iphone so might now be the best quality.





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Hope these help, thanks for checking em out!
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:15 PM   #12
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In the pics the Control Arms do not look bent, they look fine.

What does look bent are the control arm brackets. big time twisted. You can see the caster washer actually twisted and raised of the bracket in one of the pics.

5th pic down:
Passenger side Lower Control Arm axle bracket is bent and the CA looks fine.


8th pic down:
Passenger side Lower Control Arm axle bracket is bent and the CA looks fine.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:26 PM   #13
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Yep, I agree with snwchris. The brackets are relatively cheap plus you'll get heavy duty after market ones so it won't happen again. I believe Rubicon Express or Rusty's has them Then a body shop or a good friend/ you need to grind off the old ones and weld on the new ones.

I'm surprised the track bar isn't bent.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:35 PM   #14
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Guess thats pretty good news, I'm no expert but from what I could tell I thought the arms themselves were relatively undamaged but the brackets were definitely tweaked. I obviously look back now and can see it probably would have been better to just smash bambi but oh well. The wheels are 31x10.5 and I have 1.25" lug adapter/spacers so I think the added wheel base w/ the stock suspension kept me from rolling over but in turn put a lot more stress on the arms. Looks like I'll be stuck in CT for a few days til I can get new ones welded on.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:59 PM   #15
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I looked again and your right sway bar is broken. I would just invest in some disconnects. They are about the same price and you'll be able to disconnect the sway bar when you go wheeling next. On the 6th picture down it looks like your upper control arm is bent. They should be pretty easy to find laying around from someone.

Can you get a picture of the track bar? There is no way that it isn't bent. I have one laying around for you, but I just need to see a full picture of it.
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:27 PM   #16
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Yea, the passenger's side disconnect popped out my last trip to the trails. Didn't get a chance to disconnect or reconnect both before the trip down. I'll get a pic of the TB up in a little bit.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:00 PM   #18
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That angle of the bend looks really steep. Someone else will have to chime in on that, I don't have a stock track bar and wont be near my garage to look at it till tomorrow.
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get new mounts and have them burned inplace of the old. new control arms and swaybar likks and your good to go. did it all in my driveway in about 12 hrs.
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That angle of the bend looks really steep. Someone else will have to chime in on that, I don't have a stock track bar and wont be near my garage to look at it till tomorrow.
I was thinking the same thing. That track bar doesn't look right.
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now that there is an up close pic of an axle what axle does he have?

Sorry for threadjacking
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Stock axles..Dana 30 and 35c
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id put a new trac bar in it and see what it does to the rest. that trac bar is what keeps the axle centered
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I just went and looked at my trac bar and it's not bent like that. Though it is hard to compare from pics.
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There is just no possible way the axle can move that far without bending the trac bar.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:10 PM   #26
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UPDATE:
Had to replace axle - got a used Dana 30 w/ same gears
Replace ball joints, CAs, and 2 shocks

Lil more than I thought, but hey.. gotta do what I gotta do.
Beat the Jeep up pretty often, now its got a chance to hit me back.. in the wallet

thanks for the help w/ diagnosing and advice!
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Did you end up replacing the track bar?
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Yes, replacing TB too
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Im glad you got it back on the road. Good luck and remember hit the dear next time lol.

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