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Old 02-04-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Broken lower control arm bracket (pics)

Hey guys and gals,
well took the tj out and came home with a broken lower control arm bracket, Checked around, and found out that RE makes replacements, and rustys aswell. I checked with a local shop about 4 blocks from my house (Jeep Solutions in Long Beach CA), and they quoted me $250 to remove old mount and weld in a new one. Does this seem really steep? I was figuring maybe $150 tops. And does anyone know of any trustworthy fab shops in or close by Long beach CA that might be less expensive? I can't bring myself to pay $250 just for labor.

and last question, if anyone has replaced these brackets, will the RE or rustys work with a pro comp control arm.

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Yuck! I have no idea how much it would cost to get new ones welded back on. I guess that's what happens when control arms are upgraded to better parts. Now your mounts were the weak link.

I did this just drop shifting in a dumb moment with stockers. I drove around for a few weeks before I took the time to find out what all the racket was about under my rear.

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Old 02-04-2011, 10:19 PM   #3
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yup, poly bushings will do that. they're actually well know for ripping control arm mounts off.

cut both brackets off both sides, weld better brackets on and buy control arms with Johnny Joints (a Currie product).

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I guess that's what happens when control arms are upgraded to better parts. Now your mounts were the weak link.
no, actually its just a really bad design and the problems arise when people that don't know the difference run those crappy arms.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:26 PM   #4
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yup, poly bushings will do that. they're actually well know for ripping control arm mounts off.

cut both brackets off both sides, weld better brackets on and buy control arms with Johnny Joints (a Currie product).


no, actually its just a really bad design and the problems arise when people that don't know the difference run those crappy arms.

Yeah, I just ordered Currie heavy duty mounts 2 days ago, waiting for them to get in. I think ill invest in better arms aswell. Currie seems like a great company, i already have their antirocks too.

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I would say Rokmen CA's then the Currie ones
x2...I sold a set of Currie rear uppers since they don't extend longer than stock. Went with Rokmen's for all 8.
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Broken Lower Control Arm Bracket

I bought a rusty 97 that I began lifting. As I took it apart I found the lower control arm brackets were busted up. I had to take the axle off and bring it to a welding shop. I bought new brackets from 4WD Hardware from Blue Torch Fab Works. I paid the welding shop $180 to put them on. It was a lot of work lugging the axle in. If I could have driven it in and paid $250 I would have jumped at it. The new brackets are much stronger and thicker. I needed longer bolts to secure the lower control arms when complete. 4WD also had the bolts and cams. The brackets work great with my new heavy duty lower control arms from SkyJacker!
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I would say Rokmen CA's then the Currie ones
After researching Rokman, I think ill save up and go with those. they seem pretty durable.
Thanks for the advice

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I bought a rusty 97 that I began lifting. As I took it apart I found the lower control arm brackets were busted up. I had to take the axle off and bring it to a welding shop. I bought new brackets from 4WD Hardware from Blue Torch Fab Works. I paid the welding shop $180 to put them on. It was a lot of work lugging the axle in. If I could have driven it in and paid $250 I would have jumped at it. The new brackets are much stronger and thicker. I needed longer bolts to secure the lower control arms when complete. 4WD also had the bolts and cams. The brackets work great with my new heavy duty lower control arms from SkyJacker!
Really, I thought $250 was a little on the expensive side. Im going to talk to a buddy of my fathers whos been welding for 25+ years and see if he will help me out. If he cant then I guess Jeep solutions gets my $250. Its depressing not being able to drive my jeep.
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x2...I sold a set of Currie rear uppers since they don't extend longer than stock. Went with Savvy Off-Road for all 8.
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yup, poly bushings will do that. they're actually well know for ripping control arm mounts off.

cut both brackets off both sides, weld better brackets on and buy control arms with Johnny Joints (a Currie product).


no, actually its just a really bad design and the problems arise when people that don't know the difference run those crappy arms.
This was not caused by the bushings!! someone used a chain to the from axle to yank it out of a ditch that did all this damage..Someone actually thinks the poly bushings did this?
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This was not caused by the bushings!! someone used a chain to the from axle to yank it out of a ditch that did all this damage..Someone actually thinks the poly bushings did this?
yup, anyone that knows why flex-joints were invented understands this.



stiff poly bushings allow even less misalignment than stock Clevite bushings. They put all the stress on the mounts, until they eventually rip off.


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