Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-27-2015, 07:35 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Long Beach, Ca.
Posts: 166
Control Arm Cracks

2002 E-350 with Quigley 4WD conversion, lots of miles south of the border.

While doing an oil change yesterday I noticed a couple of hairline cracks in my control arms. The Quigley recall of the parts has expired but they will give me a 10% discount on if I buy all four at $540 + shipping. I'll be replacing them after we get our tax return, but in the meantime I'd like to pull the existing control arms, have the cracks welded up and a plate welded onto the open c-channel to beef them up.

-How difficult is it to remove and replace the control arms? It looks pretty straightforward, is there anything I should keep in mind during the Removal/Replacement? Can I remove all four and have all the work done at once or should I do it in pairs?

I'm sure this has been discussed quite a bit but a quick search didn't answer all of my questions regarding the R&R. I'll be posting this on the FordEnthusiasts forum as well.

Thanks for any input!

-Mark...
__________________

DosMars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2015, 07:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
BajaSportsmobile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rancho Nuevo (Cabo/Todos Santos) B.C.S. and San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,952
Re: Control Arm Cracks

Support the chassis on jack stands and the front axle separately on jack stands and remove them. You can use a ratchet strap to pull things back into place when installing them.

Weld up the cracks and "box in" the bottom with 0.125" strap. Replace the bushings if bad and save the $540 for something else.
__________________

__________________
Four time Baja 1000 winner, four time Baja 500 winner. Solo'ed the Baja 1000 to LaPaz/Cabo twice.
4-Wheeling since 1972, Desert Racing since 1989.

AgileOffRoad.com
BajaSportsmobile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2015, 07:46 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Long Beach, Ca.
Posts: 166
Re: Control Arm Cracks

Thanks for the quick response! So all four at once as long as everything is supported?
DosMars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2015, 07:54 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
BajaSportsmobile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rancho Nuevo (Cabo/Todos Santos) B.C.S. and San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,952
Re: Control Arm Cracks

Sure, why not? That how it was installed in the first place.
__________________
Four time Baja 1000 winner, four time Baja 500 winner. Solo'ed the Baja 1000 to LaPaz/Cabo twice.
4-Wheeling since 1972, Desert Racing since 1989.

AgileOffRoad.com
BajaSportsmobile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2015, 08:02 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Long Beach, Ca.
Posts: 166
Re: Control Arm Cracks

True enough, but they've done it a few more times than I have!
DosMars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2015, 08:38 AM   #6
REF
Senior Member
 
REF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Boulder, CO.
Posts: 1,896
Send a message via MSN to REF
Re: Control Arm Cracks

See this thread-
viewtopic.php?t=14066
__________________
'03 Ford E350 7.3L Diesel
(de)SMB'd Custom RB-50
Quigley 4X4 w/Deavers & Agile Offroad's R.I.P. package
CCV High Profile Pop Top
REF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2015, 06:53 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Long Beach, Ca.
Posts: 166
Re: Control Arm Cracks

Quote:
Originally Posted by REF
Thanks for the link, I'll look into the CVC's down the road but hopefully wI'll forget all about them once I get these welded up reinstalled.
__________________

DosMars is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×