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Old 03-21-2017, 02:45 AM   #1
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So I got this lifted Nissan 1992 hard-body lifted with a 4" body and a 2"suspension lift from rough country and the upper control arm just keep caving in
I have replaced uppers lowers cv and brand new upper control arm bushings n it still doing it
We found the upper a arm bolts were stripped so thru bolted thru the frame
My local mechanic has given it the condem and scrap yard saying that he thinks the frame convalescent but I'm not sure if that best and I'm wondering there anything that can be done so putting it out there to see anyone had the problem
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:00 AM   #2
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:29 AM   #3
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Just like mine used to do, It turned out my problem was 1) Cheap ass ball joints and 2) the control arms bolts had stripped inside the frame from having too many adjuster shims to fix the camber.

I spent months chasing the problem, ball joints, control arm bushings, strut rod bushings, in the end I drilled out the factory bolt holes and welded two large nuts to the frame to fix my crazy camber and stop the truck from trying to kill me.


It never really fixed the problem, it was cheaper and less aggravation to put a straight axle in the truck than it was to continuously spend money on ball joints, tie rod ends, and whatever else.

It looks like you offroad the truck, my advise to you is to think long and hard about whether you want to condemn the truck or keep it, and if it truly suits your offroad style. Even if you're just a weekend warrior, it will be cheaper in the long run to convert the truck over to a straight axle
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It couldn't hurt to install ALL of the bolts in the upper ball joint AND tighten them.
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It couldn't hurt to install ALL of the bolts in the upper ball joint AND tighten them.
Good eyes, sir! Yeah might wanna do that too LOL.
New ball joints are no good when they're only half bolted on
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bump!! i'm having this same problem now! one of my upper control arm bolts have stripped out of the frame, is there a helicoil tap set this size? thank you
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bump!! i'm having this same problem now! one of my upper control arm bolts have stripped out of the frame, is there a helicoil tap set this size? thank you
Iím sure there is somewhere but itís liable to be expensive. I donít recall what size those bolts are.
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