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Old 20 Oct 2015, 07:25 pm
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Default Thx for mount help. Now, what is "normal" for an LCA...?

Hey 1st of all thank you to the help several weeks back re my engine mounts on my 2001 Cruiser.

Now, I need to replace my 15 year old passenger lower control arm [umm yeah, I didn't know enough before 15 months ago to even check on that] ... should be easy even if the nut spins I'll go in through the floorboard if necessary.
My question is pretty much .... how should the new control arm sit angle-wise?
Chiltons mentions using a floorjack when tightening the vertical & horizontal bolts setting the LCA to normal ride height.
Yeah, great so that is my question : what is normal ride height? considering I need to replace both, they both look out of spec lol
I take it when viewing it from the front end that it must not sit horizontal before cinch bolting the balljoint, but probably a slight declination/downward slope to the balljoint? 5-10 degrees sound good?

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Old 20 Oct 2015, 10:32 pm
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Default Re: Thx for mount help. Now, what is "normal" for an LCA...?

Ride height would be using a floor jack to just barely lift the car off the jack stands before you tighten them. I know I've done it wrong with no ill effects.

Instead of struggling to remove or install the LCA because of upward pressure sometimes its difficult to remove or install the ball joint into the pinch joint hole.
For a few $ I bought a 4 inch muffler clamp that put on the end of the LCA near the ball joint, you only need to thread it about six turns, and let it hang down. Now using a pry bar about 5 foot long slip it through the muffler clamp and easily pull down the LCA while aligning the ball joint bolt. Or use a trustworthy friend to pull down on the pry bar ( those are you fingers , who do you trust them to)

You also have to deal with the sway bar links. The bolt will be pretty rusty like your LCA.
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