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    man ive been all over the net and cannot find new upper control arm bushings...im wanting new......there is no problem with mine but am gonna be pie cutting them and powder coating them and want new bushings...anyone ???

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    Don't think you can get just upper bushings alone. Here, I have these, might as well get new cross shafts also. Its a killer deal: http://www.mightyram50.net/vbulletin...ings-87-96-2wd
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    that looks the way to go...thanks...

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    They are still for sale if you need them. They are like $35 each new, I'll let them both go for $45 shipped
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    count the turns on each cap when removing the old ones so they are close when the new ones are installed - the caps set the caster for the spindles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    count the turns on each cap when removing the old ones so they are close when the new ones are installed - the caps set the caster for the spindles.
    thanks for that...im gonna get an alignment when finished anyways....

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    are those rubber bushing the large pressed bushings on the uppers?...i have not removed the control arm yet but did look tonight nd those in the pic of the cross shaft look small compared to the ones on my arm..maybe its just looking wrong but isnt...ill be pulling the arm this weekend....ill look better then.

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    The end caps on the arm are the bushings - all metal and screw in.
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    i dont see on mine where they screw in...


    maybe it will look different when removed

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    I think pennyman is thinking of the first gen. We need to come up with a second gen factory manual.
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    i cant find second gen bushings anywhere.

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    They should be the same on both gens - the parts are the same.
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    The picture looks different from what we have. I know mine have the 22mm cap / nut thing. With a zerk fitting in the end of it. His look like a standard Moog bushing. Or do they screw in on the back side? Payrion Look in the factory manual and see if it's the same. It's been so long since I did mine IDR. I'll need to look again.

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    I also thought that to change the caster we would unbolt the cross rod from the frame and rotate it one way or the other. If I remember correctly on mine I ran the nut into the arm and the cross bar was threaded in on the inside. Then I rotated the rod one way or the other to make the change. I know the outside of the big nut had a round lump like thread that locked it into the arm.
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    i took the lowers off tonight and plan on getting the uppers off tomorrow, ill see then, ill up date this at that time.

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    Thanks man. 1991 is what i was looking for. Well I just looked it up on the napa web site. The shafts are the correct ones. Just pick them up from dropped mitsu. They must be right. I guess you need to pull them to see.
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    ya i looked it up too and they are the same, just look different....ill maybe pull them today......kinda lazy feeling..been on 6 10 hour days for 4 months and loving the thought of nothing for 4 days......

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    i got the uppers off today..didnt snap pics, they are soaking in cleaner...they do not adjust by the shafts...they are like pictured above in my pic...just like s10 uppers....so what do youi guys think...i see no caster adjustment with my uppers...but when looking for the cross shaft kit it is like dropped mitsu has for sale.....ill snap a few pics right now brb







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    those are aftermarket OEM replacement uppers http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/199...ntrol_arm.html looks like these

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    so no ones 2nd gen are like this...called my brother, was owner since 92, bought it new...he said besides maybe 4 oil changes and an alignment and new tires, he never had suspension work done....dont know...maybe ill try to press them out and if all goes to hell ill get flat plate uppers..

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    All my 2nd gen trucks look exactly like yours, as well as any other 2nd gen truck I've ever seen. But yea I don't know what is up with the aftermarket replacement shafts, they are set up a little differently, I even called rock auto where I bought them from and they called Beck/Arnley and they confirmed these are the right part for our trucks. I'm assuming its just an updated/better design?
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    thats what i was thinking as well.

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    Ok here's the poop. as typical in the 90's when something went bad you replaced the whole part. Ball joint on your Taurus gone bad?? guess what you have to replace the whole arm as the ball joints are not sold seperately. looks like the 90's MM/Ram50's are the same thing, you replace the whole control arm if the bushings are bad.

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    If that is the case then someone needs to trash out the upper and lower arms and build custom ones that use 3/4 inch Uniballs and Hyme joints. For around $10,000.00 I can get a hole production line set up at the house. The money is for the new Tig welder and a mill. The wife you'd kill me so someone else would need to build the parts, but it would be ready to go.
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    Mike at dallas hodrod parts have uppers built just like that and for about 300 a pair I think...
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    i thought the unibolt option was add 200 or so to the 250 base price..i could be wrong

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