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Stock Upper Control Arm stiff?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tylerm5000, May 7, 2011.

  1. May 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    Tylerm5000

    Tylerm5000 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 4x4 Tacoma 2.7l. I was changing my upper ball joints yesterday when I noticed that the upper control arm is extremely stiff. I had to use my hammer to make it move off of the ball joint stud. I recently swapped the bushings for polyurethane and used grease. I torques them the proper 87 ft. lbs when I did it. Is it supposed to be really stiff? I noticed on both the upper and lower control arms, there is a small cut out that reveals the inner sleeve. That seems like it would be a great place to add a grease zerk. I am tempted. I am very happy with the bushings. They don't squeak at all.

    After changing my upper ball joint i STILL have yet to diagnose the horrid clunky sound in the front when I steer or drive over a hump.
     
  2. May 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    Hollywood0027

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    Did you ever install zerk fittings in your A arms? I'm getting ready to replace my bushings this weekend with Energy Suspension Polyurethane bushings and was thinking of doing this to keep them lubed.
     
  3. May 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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    hossmaster

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  4. May 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM
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    Hollywood0027

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    Doubt it. Mine move with only hand pressure.
     
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