Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: NE Ohio
Own a Commander?: Yes
Model year: 2006
Trim Package: Limited
Power-Train: 5.7L V-8 Hemi
If 4WD - system: QD-II
Current Mileage: 133,000
Replace front lower control arms, or...?
So I'm going to replace all four springs and shocks in the coming weeks - probably OME springs and Bilstein shocks (did the same combo on my Liberty when I first lifted it and was very satisfied.)
The dilemma is the frozen lower clevis bolts in the lower control arm bushing. Didn't have that issue with my Liberty (slightly different bushing that prevents the bolt from rusting to the bushing sleeve.) I don't have a problem cutting the clevis bolts and replacing the lower control arm bushing (other than the time and hassle) but I've seen threads detailing how to simplify the process by just getting new lower control arms and new lower clevis bolts & nuts. What I DON'T want to get into is having frozen control arm bolts in the lower mount and dealing with cutting them out along with the clevis bolt.
Anyone in a rust belt area replace their lower control arms? Did you have any issues with the LCA bolts? Is the additional $300 for replacement LCA's worth it to avoid cutting out the clevis bushing in my original control arms?
If I were doing a complete lift and modding my XK for offroad purposes I'd have a different attitude about the project - but since my KJ is my offroad vehicle and is heavily modded I'm trying to keep the XK as more of a comfort/offroad-capable vehicle. I'm saving my heavy work (and my bad back) for the KJ.
Your opinions and insight are welcomed
2006 Limited, 5.7 Hemi, Tow Package, SuperChips tuner, Full Skids, RER MyGIG Upgrade. OME HD Springs w/ Bilstein 4600 shocks
Last edited by TwoBobsXK; 03-27-2017 at 10:00 AM.