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Gen 2 Truxxx or Spacer lift - Upper control arm problems - Working on fix

Thread in 'Suspension' started by Todd Z, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Hey all,

    Im currently working on a fix for the tough angle created by the Truxxx or other spacer lift kit for the Gen2. This will work on v6 and v8, 2wd and 4wd. It will also work on 07-10 Regular 4 Door explorer too !!

    I started off with spacing ball joints but the spacers don't fit the arms like I want. SOOO I started working with 1.5" longer upper ball joints. I found the OEM ones are welded or pressed into the arms. So I bought a set of aftermarket arms, Special ball joints and started fabricating..... So far so good.

    I got the OEM ones apart, new ball joints in.

    NOW I just have to test fit the taper in the spindle... The OEM is smaller BUT they make special tools to ream the taper. This is common on old cars and lifted trucks with Jeep parts ECT. SO its a safe mod to do.

    This will also get rid of the need to buy the $700 BTF uni ball upper control arms and leave the suspension working the way it should. The BCA arms are nice and well made but the uniball is not good for street use and will fail quickly and need to replaced at about $100 every few years.

    Ill keep you posted on fitment as I'm lifting Black soon and I want to get it right the first time !!!

    Feel free to ask any questions or leave comments. Thanks !!

    Todd Z
     

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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Updated with more work complete and almost ready to go !!!!
     

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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Ready for paint !!!
     

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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Todd, will this way keep the alighnment specs as OEM?
     
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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    These will not change the alignment, BUT the spacers do and the spacer lift kit comes with new specs.
     
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    gavin T Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    could you post the spacer lift kit specs for alignment please
     
  7. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    I’m not home but I Believe if you go to truxxx website you can view it from their installation instructions. But again those specs are just a guide. you really need to find an alignment shop that knows how to do alignments and can give you a preferred alignment not just red yellow and green lights.


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    Nick Mann Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    Any updates on how this went? I have a Truxxx set waiting to install in my 2010. I don't want too install them yet, do to upper ball joint concerns.
     
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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Nick,

    Its in and been driving on my old tires for 6K miles now...... New 33" this week..... So far soo good...
     

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    Nick Mann Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    Would you have a part number/ list of what you used?
    I have a bone stock 2010 Limited 4.6. I have the Truxxx kit waiting to install. But I don't what any issues with the ball joints.
    How are the C/V angles looking?

    Thanks
    Nick
     
  11. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    if you just use the truxxx kit, your good to go.... the uppers may be a problem if you off road or do some heavy movement.... if straight road driving it should be fine...
    I put things together that were not meant to be, I wanted to be a little higher and change some things for my own sanity.... lol
     
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    Nick Mann Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    I do plan on doing some overlanding with the truck. So I am thinking a longer ball joint would help with alignment and longevity . I may wind up with only lifting it an inch to avoid any long-term problems.
    I like that you used an OEM type ball joint. The longer uppers that I see look amazing . But not for everyday use, IMO only.
     
  13. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Thanks. They do require you to drill the spindle rendering the spindle non oem any more. That drill bit is about $80 if you dont have it. the arms require overseas parts purchases.
     

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