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Old 04-19-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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cam bolt eliminator kits work on rear uppers?

I have a 98 tj I bought recently already had a 4" lift on it. I found the rear upper control arm mounts at the frame had ripped out of the frame like some tj's do. So I'm in the process of installing the rough country long arm upgrade and will immediately follow with a sye and cv. Well the previous owner addressed the rear drive shaft pinion issue with t-case drop and cam bolts. Well my t-case drop is gone now obviously and when I was removing the cam bolts one of them broke. I've read on here about how cam bolts are bad and it's best to just set em and weld em in place and adjust pinion with arms. Which is what I will do. But my question is what to buy...

Since one cam bolt broke I have to buy something. Do I have to buy more cam bolts or can I buy something like those cam bolt elimanator kits which looks like just some washers and then go buy new bolts, whatever size that is? I'd like to totally do away with the cams and just get those eliminator washers and the correct size bolt and then bolt and weld and be done. But all those eliminator kits I see say they are for the front lowers? Will the work for someone who has rear uppers and wants to eliminate them? I've seen people on the forums talking about using them but I couldn't tell if anyone said they could be used on the rear uppers.

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Old 04-19-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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As far as I know TJs only came with cam bolts on the front lowers, which is why all the kits you find are for front lowers. If the holes are the same dimensions then the front lower kits should work fine for the cam bolts the PO installed.

Blaine can probably answer this better though. Scroll down the find the washers he sells.

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Old 04-20-2013, 12:38 AM   #3
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I am in the middle of installing a lift on my 98 TJ, with all new arms. I only place That has cam bolts is the lower fronts.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #4
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I'm assuming he's got cam bolts on the rear uppers. Apparently at one time there were kits available, but the cams were constantly slipping.
If that's the case, I'd order these and weld them in, unless you want to just make your own plates and buy some bolts at the hardware store..
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:21 AM   #5
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Yeah. From factory they only had front lower cam bolts. But some people changed rear upper on axle end to correct pinion angle after a lift. Which most people found to be troublesome, they would move and get out of alignment. So people started eliminating them, getting adjustable arms to fix pinion and weld cam bolts in place or some new plates/washers or new axle brackets.

I don't have a welder so I'm hoping to find a bolt in option like those kits. And probably them welded in place for added security some day. I am gonna fix my pinion with the long arms and don't want cam bolts sliding on me. So that link posted above looks like exactly what I need. Thank you.
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