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Old 02-12-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Broken control arm. Need help

So there day while playing in the snow my lower control arm bracket broke off my axle. I was wondering, should I buy the lower control arm brackets off of quadratec or should I get a new front axle? What should I do? Would it be smart to buy the aftermarket bracket?

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I would save the money and go with the aftermarket how easy was it to brake the braket off?

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i have no idea it was bent for the longest time and then it finally just broke. the new lift probably put some more strain on it. have you heard of anybody using the aftermarket mounts?
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no but i would think that as long as you get brackets that arnt bend they should last forever. imo
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Okay kool
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Okay kool
sorry not to fumiliar with aftermarket control arm brackets
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I'd give this guy a shout. He's got beefy stuff for cheap. You won't break one of them off if there welded correctly.

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Old 02-12-2011, 05:30 PM   #8
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If you can weld, or has a friend that can weld, I'd suggest these - XJ - TJ Jeep combo bracket upgrade kit

Or even these to keep the cam bolt - http://www.mountainoffroad.com/_e/Ta...rm_Bracket.htm
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It's not uncommon nor a big deal for one of the control arm brackets to tear off the bracket from where they are welded. Just have it welded back into place or if it is damaged, install a replacement bracket like from Rubicon Express.

A common cause of this is having installed a poorly designed control arm that doesn't flex very well, like from Tera, ProComp, or any similar style aftermarket control arm that has polyurethane or rubber bushings front and rear. The factory control arms have rubber bushings front and rear but they were designed to flex/twist so they don't cause such problems.
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just did the same thing. ordered currie heavy duty brackets off of amazon.com waiting to get them welded back on. after i get the brackets back on im going to get new arms, thinking rokman arms, because they have johnny joints. currently running procomp arms, I now hate them.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #11
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sounds good. thats what i will do but I have heard that the axle could blow up while welding it. my dad has a welder and can weld. how should we do it? tack it?
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i also need a right uper control arm. what should i do for that? the same thing
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Check with Ballistic or Poly Performance for more brackets. As far as blowing up the axle... just go slow. You don't want to do too much welding and heat it up too much. Tacking it will only hold it in place for a short period of time and is definitely not strong enough for anything other than to hold it in spot before final welding.
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sounds good. thats what i will do but I have heard that the axle could blow up while welding it. my dad has a welder and can weld. how should we do it? tack it?
It needs to be fully welded, not just tacked. Simply place the welder's ground clamp on the axle as close to where you are welding as possible and everything will be fine. The welding current only goes as far as it needs to go to find its ground connection so if the ground clamp is 10" away, the welding current will only go 10" to its grounding clamp and nowhere else.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:41 PM   #15
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Okay awesome! That's what I will do. I'll tell my dad that's how we will weld it. Thanks everyone you've saved me about 3 grand. Haha

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