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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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suspension locker issues...check ur bolts

Have an 05 TJ, I installed a 4 short arm, and a rear automatic locker, no issues with it, rechecked torque all good till the rear control arm bolts fell out!
i got new grade 8's and washers. I had a shop weld the washers over the newly oblonged control arm bolt holes. while they were at it, I had them double check all my suspension bolts for correct torque, and tack weld all the nuts to the washers and bolts...That was about a year ago, I noticed my jeep wasnt riding right, I just looked under it, the rear welds are broke loose and the control arm bolts are slipping again??? anyone else have this issue? Any ideas how to correct it...for the last time?
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Can you put up some good pictures so that we can see how the welds were done? If they were done properly they shouldn't have broken unless there's a serious design flaw. I'm a leaf spring guy with only passing familiarity with the coil Jeeps.

Also, try searching around on the forum. There have been several threads on problems with TJ front suspension related to broken bolts and elongated holes. There may be something pertinent there.

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You needed something more substantial than just flat washers welded over the wallowed out control arm bolt holes. 3/16 or better 1/4 beef would have held up better. Adding lifts and lockers multiplies stress on all mounting points. When making repairs account for that by making them stronger.

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