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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

I'm trying to get the stock upper control arms out now. The bolts up top are hitting my springs. Any suggestions on how to get it out? I might go try and get some spring compressors from the auto shop, but any other ideas would be appreciated.
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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

Without the spring compressor you can try jacking up or lowering the lower control arm which will compress the spring a little but the best way for more clearance is probably to unbolt the top of the strut, drop it and pull it away from the side.
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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

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Will be interesting to see how this all turns out.
Just looking at the photos provided it looks like:
Stock is 8.3/4"
RRO at 7.7/8" (-7/8")
JBA at 8.5/8" (-1/8")

Hope that is right as normally don't use imperial and they were read on opposite sides of the tape measure.
JBA would be the shortest one.
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Without the spring compressor you can try jacking up or lowering the lower control arm which will compress the spring a little but the best way for more clearance is probably to unbolt the top of the strut, drop it and pull it away from the side.
Easier said than done but 5 hours later I have the old ones out and the new ones in. Here are a few pics.
I'm happy to see it clears at max extension.
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Some notes on the install: working around the OME HD springs were a pain. I had trouble getting them out of the way on the driver side but much easier on the passenger side. Took about 3 hours wrestling with parts on the drivers side while the passenger side only took an hour.

The RRO UCA's were a little more narrow up at the top than the stock ones so when I was tightening up the bolts on top I could see the support flex out slightly. I'm a mechanical engineer and run stress analysis on parts regularly. This was nothing of concern for me but I plan on letting RRO know of this.

The Moog ball joints are nice. The boot didn't fit very well for me though.

I'm going to get my alignment done tomorrow and I'll report back with any other things I remember.
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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

Did your last alignment show you didn't have your camber correct, even at maximum adjustment?
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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

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Easier said than done but 5 hours later I have the old ones out and the new ones in.
I'm happy to see it clears at max extension.
Yes, a lot easier said than done, lookin good!
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Did your last alignment show you didn't have your camber correct, even at maximum adjustment?
It did not... Should it have?
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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

Any chance you can get the camber reading for before and after?
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Any chance you can get the camber reading for before and after?
I took it in for an alignment today and the guy said the camber was at 0, everything else looked fine and didn't charge me.

I honestly can't remember what the camber was before and I can't find the alignment sheet from after I had the OME HD lift installed.
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It did not... Should it have?
Well I thought that is the main reason for adding the A arms in the first place as people were reporting running out of adjustment to get the camber back to zero after a lift or big drop. That and ball joint angle.
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Re: Upper Control Arms from Rocky Road Outfitters

So how are they riding? Did your old ball joints NEED replaced, or did you just want to upgrade things in general?
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