Rear upper control arm...

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  1. BrianB44146

    BrianB44146 New Member

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    2006 Jeep Liberty purchase a few months ago. Replaced a bad upper control arm while doing a two and a half inch lift. Have the Jeep on a lift today I noticed the upper bushings are torn and falling apart already. Is this common when the Liberty is lifted only 2.5 inches?
     
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    What brand did you use?
     
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    Cheap, China from amazon. I didn't think that part mattered that much. Moog this time!?
     
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    The cheap ones are pure junk from the get go, go at the very least Moog, MOPAR is way better
    I had to run one of the cheaper ones years ago due to backorders on MOPARs, lasted a couple of months
     
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    ALL parts matter on the suspension esp. with a small lift
     
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    FWIW, I'm running a Napa Supreme one (think it's made by spicer), one with the blue boot, been there a few months and on a few off road trips, it's been good.
     
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    The MEVOTECH CMS25156 has a blue boot also and its half the price of the napa unit. Wonder if its the same thing?

    Moog bushings are just $21 on amazon, not sure how tough it is to get the old ones out. Ive got a press so I may give it a go.
     
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    Yep, that's the same one. Oreillys has it too. I just got it locally since I figured if it breaks it'll be easier to swap out. I think most people have issues getting the bushings out, the arm just bends.
     
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    I tired to press them out with a ball joint press a few years ago, and it ends up crushing the control arm. Let me know if you have better luck.
     
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    Not worth trying
     
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    I did it successfully once with a shop press, but it was finicky to say the least. I wouldn't bother or suggest anyone else does. It was tough keeping it from collapsing like a pop can and mine is rust free.