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Old February 26th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #1
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We have RE Superflex control arms on our 04 TJ - it has been making a clunking during acceleration/braking that sounds like the control arm joints going bad - anyone ever rebuild these arms? If so, how hard is it and do you need a press?

Is there a shop around that would do this type of work?

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Old February 26th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #2
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On mine one side is pressed (polyurethane)and the other is rebuildable. A special tool (that I purchased) was all that was needed to disassemble the joint inspect and reassemble it. You need to figure out what joint (or joints) needs your attention first.
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any ideas on figuring out what joints are bad without removing the arms?
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any ideas on figuring out what joints are bad without removing the arms?
You could put the jeep in park/gear and rock it while watching the joints.

You might as well just rebuild them all, michigans grime, salt, dirt, mud and general schmuck really mucks those joints up pretty fast.

I rebuilt mine once, 6 months later I pressed in stock rubber bushings.

You need an allen wrench, spanner wrench, and some time.
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You need either 3771 or 3772

http://www.rubiconexpress.com/Produc...=D9B62F4953276
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I'll bet you $100 you Frame end bushings are shot. Best bet is to remove the arm buy a new bushing and replace the nylon races in the joints. I've done 8 arms (two sets) so far and every time it's the bushing.

Should need
RE3704 LARGE S/R BUSHING & SLEEVES (depends on how old your lift is you might have the factory style bushing)
RE3797 LARGE RACE, SUPER-FLEX JOINT
One per lower arm and RE3772 LG CONTROL ARM TOOL SUPER-FLEX to make life easy when you rebuild the joints.

Jeepers Creepers should have the parts in stock and they can even do the work for ya.
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