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Old 08-10-2015, 09:44 PM
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

The damage on mine.. One side the center tower is gone completely, and the actual plate that supports the weight is almost 20% gone.
The second side seems fairly solid with the exception of the fact that the tower is gone.
I have not had chance to look closer at rest of the mount since last week. I will inspect tomorrow evening when i goto fix it. My friend has enough random steel plating around that we should be able to figure something out. With limited time, i am going to have to be satisfied with getting the beast structurally sound and then come back in a couple weeks to do clean up and rust treatment.


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

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So, 4 hours later, Shrek is down off the stands. He is structurally sound but as we were forces to use a stick welder (due to technical difficulties with my friends mig welder). The repair doesn't look real pretty, and we will need to go back and clean up once mig welder is operational. The issue was blowing through the original mount that we were welding to.

Any way, when I go back in 2 weeks to clean up and install new control arms, i will send more pictures.




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Old 08-12-2015, 10:55 PM
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

dropping air pressure to 35 from 42 psi made a huge difference. Control arms are still being replaced after 200k miles. It still is slightly wobbly at certain bumps.
I had just replaced steering damper with stock spec new unit, but will look at a heavier grade one.


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

Can anyone tell me about process of replacing the upper front front control arm bushing? It is the one that is pressed into the bracket attached to the axle housing.
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

Just changed mine a few weeks ago. I used a large diameter tube (bigger than the bushing) on one side, and a large socket on the bushing itself, and then pressed the bushing out using a long bolt and nut or other threaded piece. The one on the pumpkin is easy, because the ear is strong. The other side is a piece of flimsy hollow metal and you will need to put some piece of metal inside it to not deform it while pressing the bushing out/in. I finally used the head of a big bahco, which was exactly the size. Otherwise you will have to make some U piece of metal which will fit snug inside the ear.
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

I am changing out all 4 front control arms, but looks like i will have to come back for those bushings. As always, time issues. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1440445994.773217.jpg
Think that might have played a part in the wobble??
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Is it easier to start at the frame with mounting control arms?


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

Yes, at least i did mount the lower control arms first at the frame side, then at the axle side. Then i used a small jack on the front of the axle spring mounts to line up the bolt holes. Remember to only handtighten all suspension bolts and to only fasten them well when the jeep is on ride height with the weight on the wheels. In this way the bushings are least twisted most of the time and will last longer.
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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

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There are my new spring mounts with first coat of epoxy paint.
Have 1 more coat then back together.
I am replacing drivers side brake line while i am waiting for paint to dry.


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Re: front lower coil spring mounts

I was wondering if you had any thoughts about 1 break caliper not releasing pressure. Less than 4 months ago i replaced my front breaks (calipers pads rotors ) with a powerstop product. I am not sure if i had a choice, but i kept to the original style that was on the jeep being ATE. I know that there has been alot of discussion and debate about brake calipers (ate vs akebono) but i figured, "hey, it had them in it for 180000 miles before i had any issues with them"

Anyway, i have repeatedly bled the line. This last time with a simple gravity bleed. And after applying the breaks a couple of times, the caliper does not release.

It is only on the drivers front wheel.
I dont want to warp these brand new rotors


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The rubber brake hose can be twisted or internally blocked, letting pressure go to the caliper, but not releasing completely.
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Just replaced that hose.



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