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Old 02-17-2014, 02:05 PM
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Preffered Currie Arm Orientation?

Is there a preferred orientation of the Currie Lwr control arms?
I've seen pics with the fixed end at the axle and the adjustable end at the frame mount, however mechanically there appears to be no preference. No indications in the instructions either. Access to, and protection of the grease fitting on the adjustable end would seem to be a possible drivers.
Application is for a 2004 TJ.
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It really doesn't matter since there are johnny joints on both ends. I installed my rear uppers with the adjustment end on the axle and the rear lowers with the adjustment end on the frame bracket. The reason for that was it was easier to disconnect them that way for adjustment. Many install the grease fittings up for maximum protection. I installed mine for easy lubricating (down) figuring if I break one off, it would be fairly easy to replace. So far after a lot of wheeling, I haven't broke any yet.

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I believe I installed my Rokmen arms per the instructions they provided (essentially the same as Currie arms) with the forged end (adjustment end) at the frame and the grease zircs up.

I have had my arms out about 5 times as I used to replace the bushings in my old RE arms regularly and I have a major time saving tip for you. Use a come-along or ratchet strap to position the arms so the bolts will slide through. The easiest way is to always put the bolt through the axle end of the arm first and thread the nut a couple of turns, then hook the come-along or ratchet strap to that bolt and pull the axle towards the center of the jeep or towards the ends of the Jeep to line up the frame side. I usually pull on my trans skid or bumper depending which way it needs to go to line them up. This makes it super easy to get the bolts in on both ends. If you try to install the bolt in the frame end first it is much harder to get the axle into the poistion it needs to be in.
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I believe I installed my Rokmen arms per the instructions they provided (essentially the same as Currie arms) with the forged end (adjustment end) at the frame and the grease zircs up.

I have had my arms out about 5 times as I used to replace the bushings in my old RE arms regularly and I have a major time saving tip for you. Use a come-along or ratchet strap to position the arms so the bolts will slide through. The easiest way is to always put the bolt through the axle end of the arm first and thread the nut a couple of turns, then hook the come-along or ratchet strap to that bolt and pull the axle towards the center of the jeep or towards the ends of the Jeep to line up the frame side. I usually pull on my trans skid or bumper depending which way it needs to go to line them up. This makes it super easy to get the bolts in on both ends. If you try to install the bolt in the frame end first it is much harder to get the axle into the poistion it needs to be in.
Yep, I keep two 2" shortened ratchet straps in my tool box for exactly that purpose, plus a few others. I also have at least one with me when wheeling.
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It's embarassing to say, but I didn't figure this out until the 4th time I had to install my control arms. I always used a come-along, but I used to attach the frame end of the control arm first and then try to find a good place on the axle to pull it into position. Once I figured out this procedure, by installing the axle end first and then pulling right from the control arm bolt itself, I was shocked at how easy it was to get things lined up. It literally takes about 1 minute per arm to get both bolts through.
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I always install with zerks up (better protection, slightly more difficult access; protection takes priority) with the forged end at the frame when dealing with arms that have one adjustable end.
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Mahalo All, (Thanks)
Figured it was better to touch base with the community knowledge bank before, than after everything was installed potentially backwards.
Since I'm not one to leave well enough alone, I'm sure I'll be regularly visiting this forum.
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best would be to call Currie.... I did and they said mount the adjustable end at the axle if I have only a single adjustable arm.

here is another thread that started out as a different topic where this is talked about and why I run mine the way I do.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f282/ma...nt-341689.html


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a little bottle jack under front edge of the track bar bracket on the axle will roll the axle which lines up the bolt holes real easy . The effects of the springs alone will roll the axle forward so the jack is only needed to rotate the axle the opposite direction.
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