I just got my jeep with 4" lift and 33's. need to get aligned but realized that the passenger side lower control arm mount got wacked and was pushed towards the tire rather substantially!! Tried to heat up and whack back into position but its too tweeked and I compromised the welds!! I just ordered Rusty's control arm mounts from Quadratec but are backordered till mid Oct What should i expect cost wise to have someone cut off and weld in palce the new ones. Was thinking of doing the firestone lifetime alignment gig once ready since i'm going to keep her for many miles to come.
I went to a local guy and i showed him the new mounts i'm getting from quadratec. He looked it over and thinks 350 to cut off old mounts, weld on new ones and do the alingment. He also said I should order a set of eccentric bolts washers and nuts since the one inthe control arm now is just bolt and washers, no adjustability. Is this a good price for this and where can I find the eccentric bolt kits, currently it has a 4" skyjaker lift. Please let me know your thoughts
Just buy the single replacement control arm mounting bracket you need from Jeep Lift Kits and Suspension Products direct from Rubicon Express and be done with it. A welder shouldn't charge much to cut off the old bracket and weld on the new, especially if you could just find a local Jeeper who also welds. I had to do that once before I got my own welder and I think I paid him $20.
Neither would I recommend buying a lifetime alignment package since it sounds like you're not afraid to work on your own Jeep. The only thing that usually ever needs to be adjusted, alignment-wise, is the toe-in which you can do on your own in ten minutes with nothing more than a tape measure and wrench. With just the usual care, your toe-in will be just as accurate as what the latest whiz-bang alignment rack can produce.
I am still waiting for my control arm mounts from Quadratec, both where $59!! I am still taking her places to get an idea of cutting off the bent ones and welding the new ones and aligment. The place I went to the other day said 400 or so to cut and weld then do the alignment for 80 more!! seems very high but he was saying I will also need adjustable ball joints to fix camber, even higher cost!! right now there is a 4" Skyjacker lift and the lower control arm mounts are just bolted with washers, not cam bolts. Are cam bolts and accentric bolts the same and in regards to the adjustable ball joints, are they really needed?? I keep having visions of cash draining out of my bank account. the jeep will be a daily driver and don't want to wear out 33" tires faster than needed. I can't find anyone to weld and do the aligment without making it a bigger issue!!
You shouldn't need adj ball joints. the cam bolts as I recall were no longer used after.. 98, don't recall I know my 97 had them, but the 2000 did not. As for the welding..do you have an offroad shop in your area? Are these prices from off road shops?
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Don't go to shops that also do repairs, go to a welding shop. The kind that has been around a hundred years, full of old steel, dirty, run by guys that weld for a living. Better yet would be to find a local 4x4 club because they generally always have a couple guys who are good welders who can help you out for a lot less $$$. One more alternative is to go to a 4x4 store that installs suspension lifts. They are always performing these types of repairs and can get you in and out pretty quickly for (usually) not much $$$ because they want your future 4x4 parts business.
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