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Old 08-12-2014, 06:29 PM
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Default Control Arm Installation (Important Information)

Hey guys,

This is a big mistake that I learned about when I was doing the control arms on my truck so I wanted to share and hopefully educate people so they dont make the same mistake.
Changing out a control arm is easy so dont mess up the job by tightening the control arm with the wheel off the ground (suspension unloaded)
Let me know what you think!

**If the video was helpful, give it a “thumbs up” on YouTube (it helps me out, thanks)***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QczV_6v42A
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:14 AM
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Fantastic video, clear, and helpful. This coming from a guy that's getting ready to work on the control arm this weekend. Phew, so glad I saw this.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:22 AM
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Fantastic video, clear, and helpful. This coming from a guy that's getting ready to work on the control arm this weekend. Phew, so glad I saw this.
Great! Glad the video was informative and helpful!
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:58 PM
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However, since you're immediately taking the truck in for an alignment (right?) the shop's going to loosen and retorque them when they're done. (at least a good shop will. NOt so sure about Sears or Midas or those places)
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:24 PM
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Check to see if you have a snap ring on the BJ. If you do just replace the BJ. I would only use Moog parts.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:24 PM
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Good tip since I am probably going to have to do mine.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:46 PM
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Very helpful!
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:33 PM
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However, since you're immediately taking the truck in for an alignment (right?) the shop's going to loosen and retorque them when they're done. (at least a good shop will. NOt so sure about Sears or Midas or those places)
The Firestone alignment shop I went to sucked so bad. They lost my axle nut cap (that screws into the rim), they misaligned it 3 times, they used a torch on my brand new tie rods, and they never tightened that control arm camber bolt. So... Nice right?

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Check to see if you have a snap ring on the BJ. If you do just replace the BJ. I would only use Moog parts.
What do you mean? There is a snap ring on the BJ. I just replaced them and they are moog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9O_cOB2MTI
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Good tip since I am probably going to have to do mine.
Great! That is why I made this video!

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Very helpful!
Thanks! Glad it was helpful!
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:09 AM
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The Firestone alignment shop I went to sucked so bad. They lost my axle nut cap (that screws into the rim), they misaligned it 3 times, they used a torch on my brand new tie rods, and they never tightened that control arm camber bolt. So... Nice right?



What do you mean? There is a snap ring on the BJ. I just replaced them and they are moog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9O_cOB2MTI

Great! That is why I made this video!



Thanks! Glad it was helpful!
If your bj has a snap ring you can just change the BJ
Some of the CA and BJ are one piece.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:11 PM
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If your bj has a snap ring you can just change the BJ
Some of the CA and BJ are one piece.
Oh, well on these trucks, stock came with ball joints that are not serviceable, but thanks for the tip!
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:48 AM
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Oh, well on these trucks, stock came with ball joints that are not serviceable, but thanks for the tip!
I know.
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