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Old 06-07-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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Widening Lower Control Arm Bracket, any suggestions?

got my 8.8 all complete and under the Jeep and I've run into my first snag. The LCA bracket from KnowWhere2Jeep isn't wide enough to accommodate my lower control arm (both stock or Zone LCA). Any good suggests on how to widen the bracket maybe 1/4" while it's on the axle? I know you guys get creative when it comes to things like this.

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Old 06-07-2011, 08:54 AM   #2
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cut it off and reweld it in the right place.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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It's not that it's not welded in the right spot, it's that my lower control arm doesn't fit inside it. The LCA is centered fine.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #4
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Look at the brackets themselves. Seen it on a couple where when they make the bends they go a little overboard, and instead of 90 degree bends they are 100 or more.

This closes up the outermost flanges, just enough the arm won't drop in.

Use the old Mark One eyeball or a tape measure to read the opening at the top and where the bends are. Might just need a little BFH persuasion of the flanges to open em up.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:38 AM   #5
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Yea, definitely less then 90*, the bracket itself is definitely wide enough and the other bracket fits the other LCA perfectly. It just seems that the flanges or parts off the axle are angled too close together. I'll just BFH it and see what happens
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:43 PM   #6
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:37 PM   #7
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craftsman 1/4" socket extension (lifetime guarantee) and a 3lb hammer. Get the end inside the bolt hole from across the inside and have fun, use it like a punch to open the flange. You should have seen how I folded my LCA frame mount up front, didn't want to heat it, managed to get it back somewhat ok with that and a pipe wrench for the outer flange!

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