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Old 07-22-2023, 10:42 PM #1
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It's finally time to replace the front control arm bushings!

2 years ago I visited the "pick N' pull" and found a set of control arms in good shape. I had to "sawz all" the lower bolts off, as they were seized in the sleeves. My plan was to clean them up, push out the old bushings and paint, which is what I intend to do now. Then life got in the way. A friend gave me an Energy Suspension kit which includes upper and lower bushings. I don't daily drive my 4R so I put up with the sloppy steering till now. It's not comfortable to drive on the highway anymore and the alignment has got progressively worse. I anticipate I'll need my 4R more later this Summer (son's Wedding- hauling stuff!) so I think its time.
The problem is, I opened the ES kit and in the instructions they describe the procedure of RE-USING the metal sleeves from the old bushings!! WTF! Those went in the garbage 2 yrs ago! The whole reason I started this was to jack up the truck, drop the control arms(replacing the UBJ/LBJ as well), and replace them with the newly POR15/painted shiny controls arms! Minimum down time! I suppose I still have the bushings from the control arms in the truck, but having to go through the procedure they describe in the instructions defeats the purpose of all the prep I did. Has anyone recently done this job, and have their old bushings I can acquire? At this point, I ordered Whiteline LCA bushings as I got them on sale, so I'm looking for old UCA bushings. The on-line store I bought the LCA bushings doesn't have any UCA bushings left.

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Old 07-23-2023, 05:58 PM #2
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Don't need old bushings after all

Don't need old bushings after all! I decided last night I'd have a good look around, and as luck would have it, in a box up on a shelf in my garage, I found the old OEM bushings from the control arms I pulled 2 yrs ago! I could have sworn I threw them out! I was on a Toyota discount site later last night looking up replacement cam bolts etc bolts: 90119-14071, adjusters 4840935050 and nut 4845235020. This site wants $180CDN total a side. I believe Dorman makes replacements and they are considerably cheaper. Anyone have experience with after market bolt/adjusters for the LCA's? I usually prefer to go OEM for critical components, but with taxes, this will set me back over $400...
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I used Moog brand that have a D shaped hole in cam washers, stripped out hole first alignment.
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SPC makes a set of Caster/Camber LCA bolts. Make sure you read the directions fully and put the correct washers in the right places. They are different and have part #'s stamped on them.

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c...it/spp0/25430/
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SPC makes a set of Caster/Camber LCA bolts. Make sure you read the directions fully and put the correct washers in the right places. They are different and have part #'s stamped on them.

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c...it/spp0/25430/
Those are exactly like Moog and sleeve is made of plastic tube.
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If you can find some cam bolts at a pick and pull that aren't too rusty go with that. I picked some up with my controls arms and hit them with a wire wheel and they came out like new. Worked great.
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