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Old 04-18-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Exclamation !! Help Bent Control A-arm

BENT CONTROL A ARM BRACKET!! Specs 97 wrangler, 4" Pro Comp lift, 33''s. What is the best way to repair this(pics)!!! new to jeeps fyi!! thanks
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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i did this exact same thing... still havent figured out exactly what to do with it

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Old 04-18-2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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Go to the Jeep dealer and order a couple of LCA brackets (or perhaps you can get an upgraded set on-line)....disconnect the LCA's, measure and mark the mounting locations for the old ones, grind them off. Reconect the LCA's to the new mounts, tack weld them in place, verify your measurements...complete the welds. touch up with spray paint.
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I'm gonna disagree. I'd suggest buying an after market bracket that won't bend or break again. You can get this one from Bluetorch for less money than a replacement bracket at the dealership.

http://bluetorchfab.com/store/produc...products_id=23

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Pending your control arm is straight I'd run a bolt through the bracket and control arm then tack the bracket on then burn it into place once the control arm was removed.

Driving on that bracket can cause serious problems to your health and those around you.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:23 PM   #5
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Yeah it's upgrade time. IIRC Currie makes some too.
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Yup yup - replace it with some beef.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:30 PM   #7
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Yeah it's upgrade time. IIRC Currie makes some too.
The currie set is ~40 bucks. I don't like them as much cause they aren't boxed in like the BTF set.

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Old 04-18-2008, 03:49 PM   #8
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The currie set is ~40 bucks. I don't like them as much cause they aren't boxed in like the BTF set.

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great!

thanks guys ya im going to put on the aftermarket brackets!!
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very common problem .. i have welded on new aftermarket mounts for many people ...

go with some beef, not the factory one.

3/16 or larger ... 1/4 is nice ... but be sure to account for the added width when you place / weld them on ...

ie ... if you measure 12" for the stock 1/8 bracket from the inner c to the outside of the bracket, your 1/4" are twice as think .... so your new measurement would be 11 7/8 for your beef bracket ...

i think i got that right ...

will .120" matter?? probably not. better to be safe though, especially on suspension parts.

EDIT: go with the BTF parts ... they are well worth it. Dan does quality stuff ... but make sure they have them in stock, they moved recently.
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.. but make sure they have them in stock, they moved recently.
still moving.

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what about these control arm mounts from rustys website? says they are 1/4" thick?
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...egory_Code=cus
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if your gonna weld then why not the curries and box them in? of course if you do not have any metal laying around then BTF would be the way to go. I'm looking for a 8.8 axle and will need a set of brackets so this thread is helpful. keep the info coming.
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Another timely thread. Thanks!
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Another timely thread. Thanks!
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We're here to help.
In that case, would you mind stopping by next Saturday to weld these on for me? It's only a couple hundred miles and I'll have a 6er waitin for ya!
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In that case, would you mind stopping by next Saturday to weld these on for me? It's only a couple hundred miles and I'll have a 6er waitin for ya!
Uhhh...I don't think you want me welding on your Jeep.

I'll take the beer though.
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Uhhh...I don't think you want me welding on your Jeep.

I'll take the beer though.
Okay, then I'll drink the beer and it won't be long before you'll have my full endorsement to commence welding. But I'll save ya one.

Oh, BTW, saw some pics of your rig in Llano on our club site.
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Okay, then I'll drink the beer and it won't be long before you'll have my full endorsement to commence welding. But I'll save ya one.

Oh, BTW, saw some pics of your rig in Llano on our club site.
You don't wouldn't want me burning anything on your rig. I promise.


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There's another pic somewhere on there but can't track it down. There is one pic of yours in this thread. It's from JeepTales so you've probably already seen it.

http://www.lonestarjeepclub.org/boar...ighlight=llano
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There's another pic somewhere on there but can't track it down. There is one pic of yours in this thread. It's from JeepTales so you've probably already seen it.

http://www.lonestarjeepclub.org/boar...ighlight=llano
Oh yeah that's pretty cool. Thanks!

I joined that forum a long time ago and can't remember my log in.
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Really? Gotta link?
It's like you can see that ego of his just growing.
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It's like you can see that ego of his just growing.
I know! Ain't it great?
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It's like you can see that ego of his just growing.
pretty soon it will out weigh the internet.
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pretty soon it will out weigh the internet.
I think it's beyond that already.
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Look who's talking!!! Wait!
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We need some more pics of dookey 2
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