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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Katy, Texas

    Icon5 Control Arm Skids, bolt on vs. weld on

    I've been looking at cheap insurance for the lower control arm brackets on my Dana 30. Not having a welder I was thinking about getting some bolt on lower control arm skids.

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    Rock Hard 4x4 has some that I like, but before buying I was wondering if anyone knows a downside to bolt on vs. weld.

  2. #2
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    Sep 2009
    Chico, CA

    Default Re: Control Arm Skids, bolt on vs. weld on

    The only one I can think of is that it won't be quite as strong as weld on, but still much better than what you have now
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  3. #3
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    Oct 2011
    S.E. Texas

    Default Re: Control Arm Skids, bolt on vs. weld on

    I always liked the idea of the weld on skids giving some lateral support because the most common issue I've seen is the stock mounts bend to the side together. The mounts I used weld on to the bottoms of the stock mounts and the axle tube on the front of the skid to tie in three sides.

    I can see an advantage of the bolt on skids to spread the load and and keep impact from directly hitting the mounts but not much for the bending to the side.

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    May 2013
    Dallas, TX

    Default Re: Control Arm Skids, bolt on vs. weld on

    Come on up to Dallas and I'd be happy to weld them on with you. Haven't had any extra money to spend on the XJ lately, so maybe I could get that good feeling vicariously.

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