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Old 08-12-2017, 10:22 AM   #1
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Taking my car to a mechanic to put on new adjustable control arms, upper and lower. Wondering what a realistic install time would be so I know I'm not getting hosed?

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I'd allow 1.5 hrs for a competent tech.
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Why don't you do it....1 at a time...then take it to the mech for the alignment.

Save some money ?

When I did mine, it took me 2-3 hrs for the arm install, but I was also installing drop brackets and using arms from a different vehicle at the same time, so had to work thru minor issues.
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Why don't you do it....1 at a time...then take it to the mech for the alignment.

Save some money ?

When I did mine, it took me 2-3 hrs for the arm install, but I was also installing drop brackets and using arms from a different vehicle at the same time, so had to work thru minor issues.
I'll be honest, I've never really tried working on my vehicle aside from some wiring and bolt on parts...just an intimidation factor and I only have basic tools and what not. Would I need to raise the vehicle? Thanks
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I'll be honest, I've never really tried working on my vehicle aside from some wiring and bolt on parts...just an intimidation factor and I only have basic tools and what not. Would I need to raise the vehicle? Thanks
Well, you have a jeep now, all that will change.....lol (and please don't refer to it as a car...it's a truck, or jeep...not a car)


I did, as it made it easier to get to the upper arms.

In your case right now with limited tools, it may be better to let him do it.

I would also highly recommend getting the bushings in the axle side upper arm mounts replaced as well, I mean he is already gonna be in there, and that is a tough job.
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Swapping the UCAs and LCAs is easy work that can be done in the driveway, without jacking it up assuming it is lifted. I swapped the LCAs on mine in less than an hour sitting on the tires. Mine is lifted 5".

It is likely wise for you to pay the mechanic to do it if you need the vehicle for DD. I would agree with the 1.5 hour estimate. 2 hours would be acceptable, 3 hours pushing it.

If you have another vehicle available while you perform the work, you should do it. Typical labor hour is $100 per hour. For that money, you can buy the tools you will need to do the work. Then you will always have the tools.
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I'll be honest, I've never really tried working on my vehicle aside from some wiring and bolt on parts...just an intimidation factor and I only have basic tools and what not. Would I need to raise the vehicle? Thanks
It really isn't a difficult job but there are a couple of things I would suggest you prepare for if you decide to tackle it yourself.

Since these are adjustable, I allowed 1.5hrs installed by factoring in any adjustments that may be required (pinion angle, front wheel alignment). Simple to do if you do your homework first.

How much lift is on this thing? I'm 50 y.o. and I wouldn't want to do it without having it in the air if it has less than 5". Lol!

If after reading up on it you decide you don't want to do it yourself, by all means, let someone else install them. Many of us work on these as a hobby/enjoyment, not to intentionally increase our frustration level. If you decide you want to do it, there are plenty of people here to walk you through it.
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Realignment needed after installing nonadjustable uppers and lowers?
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Realignment needed after installing nonadjustable uppers and lowers?
No. He's installing adjustable though and I personally would but that me.
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It depends on how easily the bolts come out. When I did my lower control arms two of the bolts where rusted into the bushing sleeve so it took about an extra hour of pounding, air hammering and torching to get them both out.
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NO matter who is gonna do it, start spraying those bolts with wd40 or similar NOW !!!!!
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