Originally Posted by TrekkerJmm
Hi and welcome to CF from Tj in NJ. The control arms should NOT be loose...they all should be very tight. Something doesn't sound right...Tj
Thank you for the welcome. I took some pictures however I don't know how to reduce their size on my wife's MAC to post to the forum. Basically I bought replacement arms (Dorman) with bushings installed for $25-$30. The bushings have a nice continuous inner sleeve that is not split so the diameter is machined consistent. When I removed the lower control arm and put the old bolt in the new Dorman arm the fit appears sloppy to me. If I slip in the 9/16 bolt which in theory is .016" larger in dia about half or less of the clearance is taken up. I also bought new Moog lower control arm bushings (split sleeve) and the fit with the 9/16" bolt is loose but tighter than the Dorman arm bushings.
It just seems like the fit between the stock bolts and the new bushings ought to a nice close slip fit, when what I have is .030-.040".
Has anybody else replaced their lower control arms and noticed this? I am thinking I should use the 9/16" bolts with the Moog bushings but I would have to install them in my old arms.