Can't get rear UCA bracket to align with the axle

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  1. HoosierJeeper

    HoosierJeeper Gold Supporter/Admin Staff Member Administrator

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    Got the new UCA bolted in place with the 2 body mounts but I can't get the rear axle and the ball joint bracket to align. The axle needs to come back like 1/2" to an inch. How do I get them together again?

    Thanks!
     
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    A jack under the diff to rotate it backward may do the trick
     
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    this YT vid might help you

     
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    I usually use a jack under the front of the differential and then a ratchet strap on each side of the control arm to help it align.
     
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    Most of the things I have seen this guy do is funny as all get out, bet it takes him 27 steps to take a quarter out of his pocket.
    So much easier to remove the whole bracket
    on the workbench then you can get the pinch bolt out easily, install the new one ( tri-link)
    Install two front bolts and roll the top of the diff into place to align the 3 bolts in the diff
     
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    I found the easiest way (for me at least) is to use ramps, and not jack anything up. Simply drive the rear wheels onto the ramps. It gives you plenty of space to work, and has the added benefit of pushing the suspension and rear axle up, removing the pressure on the tri-link. Makes it really easy to get everything back into place, don't even need to use ratchet straps to pull the tri-link down.
     
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    Got it, I put a block of wood under the pinion side of the diff and jacked it up there, lined up and bolts in 30 seconds later. Easy!
     
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