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Lower Control Arm camber / caster eccentric adjustment frame tab broken

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by xodeuce, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Mar 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    xodeuce

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    I took my truck to the dealership to get it aligned after installing an OME kit. 885's, shocks, and LR UCA's up front. The dealer took 2 hours aligning it, and then came to inform me that "they couldn't get it in spec," and that I needed to take it to a specialty shop. I told them I did not feel like I should pay for the alignment if they couldn't get it done correctly. They also seem to have installed the eccentric washers upside down. I got out for $49.

    This morning, I took it to an off road shop that does alignments on lifted vehicles all the time. They explained their alignment procedure, it sounded solid, so I left it there. They called me a couple of hours later to say that they pulled the skid plate off to do the LCA adjustment, and that the tabs were bent preventing them from being able to adjust the eccentric fittings to complete the alignment. I told them to take pics and send them to me, take the truck off the rack, and I would take it to the last person that touched the LCA (Toyota dealership,) and see what they said.

    Basically Toyota says that the other shop did it, that "This is a common problem, and our guys know not to do it. You have to loosen the adjustments from the front, if you do it from the back it will do this."

    Anyway, according to Toyota, they'll just try to bend the tab back in place, and if it breaks, they'll "send it over to the body shop and get it welded right up."

    The off road shop said the same thing, but they said regardless of if it breaks or not, they want to pull the LCA so that they don't melt the bushings when they weld right next to where they mount, then put a bead on either side of the tab, and grind the interior surface flat so that the eccentric washer sits flat. I'm no expert, but that sounds like the correct way to do things.

    Any pointers or tips?

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  2. Mar 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    The bead is the best solution for this fix. Check out BJmoose's full install on the OME lift kit. He had the same issue.
     
  3. Mar 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    Extremely common issue. The bead solution will hold up better than simply bending the metal back in place.

    Since you'll have stuff pulled apart anyway, make sure they lubricate the parts before reassembling everything. The alignment cams are not lubed from the factory and tend to seize in the LCAs.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    fairly simple fix shouldnt be too much :) a shop bent mine over, went to DMZ and tim hooked me up!!
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  5. Mar 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    I think they welded mine "in place."

    You'll blink when you see the shop rate labor estimate to remove-repair-reinstall both LCAs.
     
  6. Mar 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    Same thing happened to mine. Bent back and shop said if it happens again he'll just put a bead on it.
     
  7. Mar 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    Any worry about melting the bushing? Or did they just do a series of tacks to keep it from heating up?
     
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    Shop didn't mention anything about the bushing, and I wasn't there to observe their technique, sorry.

    I got hit for three hours labor total, IIRC. So it's possible they pulled each bolt and bushing separately before welding down the bead.
     
  9. Mar 23, 2011 at 12:37 AM
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    There any way you can go under and take a picture of how they bead yours.
     
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    Thread revival!

    For those of you who have had this fixed with a bead, was the bead run on the outside of the tab after bending it back into place?

    I am taking mine to a welder here in town and I want to make sure we are both on the same page when I tell him what needs to be done.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yes on the outside of the tab.
     
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