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    Default Control arm bolt question

    I just installed new control arms. The bolts when I tightened them up would still spin if I used a wrench. So me being me tightened them til I could barely move them. Is this wrong?

    I'm not home to look and see if I maybe bent the frame mount into the bushing but I used new control arm bolts from team Cherokee if that means anything.

    I was awake for 33 hours yesterday and 7 was getting the old bolts out. So because I don't want to have messed anything up I'm worried and thought I'd ask

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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    No, they need to be tight against the bushing sleeve
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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    So there should be no moving at all then? So me tightening them as much as I could was a good thing?

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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Yup, you did good
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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Yup, you did good
    OK good. We shall see how it goes when its drive able.

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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Did you torque them with the wheels on the ground? With the weight of the Jeep on the suspension?
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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Quote Originally Posted by ParadiseXJ View Post
    Did you torque them with the wheels on the ground? With the weight of the Jeep on the suspension?
    Yes I did. I did not lift it up. Full weight on control arms tires of the ground

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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Sounds right to me.
    I use a breaker bar and the longest wrench I have to tighten the living hell out of mine every time I've taken them out/off.
    I think you're fine.
    Just a word of advice (as always) ...after a coupe/few hundred miles, get back under there and give everything another good once over with the wrenches and socket set, just to make sure its all still tight, then do that again, every oil change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NW99XJ View Post
    Sounds right to me.
    I use a breaker bar and the longest wrench I have to tighten the living hell out of mine every time I've taken them out/off.
    I think you're fine.
    Just a word of advice (as always) ...after a coupe/few hundred miles, get back under there and give everything another good once over with the wrenches and socket set, just to make sure its all still tight, then do that again, every oil change.
    So if I manage to get tires before my wonderful trip to drill (its like 230 miles there) once I get there I should check them and when I get home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    So if I manage to get tires before my wonderful trip to drill (its like 230 miles there) once I get there I should check them and when I get home?
    Wouldn't be a bad idea... if nothing else but for peace of mind.
    Most lift manufacturers will recommend you go thru every single nut and bolt after the first 500 miles.....
    5-10 minutes with a socket set going around the Jeep once every-so-often COULD mean the difference between life and death.
    You hear stories all the time, about a wheel coming off on the freeway, or someone lost a track bar on the trail...etc.
    A little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Quote Originally Posted by NW99XJ View Post
    Wouldn't be a bad idea... if nothing else but for peace of mind.
    Most lift manufacturers will recommend you go thru every single nut and bolt after the first 500 miles.....
    5-10 minutes with a socket set going around the Jeep once every-so-often COULD mean the difference between life and death.
    You hear stories all the time, about a wheel coming off on the freeway, or someone lost a track bar on the trail...etc.
    A little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
    Well my track bar bolt either snapped or came lose on the axle end and yeah. It was not fun. So I understand. Thank you for the advice

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    Default Re: Control arm bolt question

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Well my track bar bolt either snapped or came lose on the axle end and yeah. It was not fun. So I understand. Thank you for the advice.
    No problem, Anytime.
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