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PendO
11-09-2006, 10:24 PM
Wow, this morning I was leaving my neighborhood and heard a Loud POP from the front end of my truck (99' 2500 Dodge 4X4 w/ a 3" lift and 35" tires) and then I could hardly hold the steering wheel as the truck started to wobble ... got out and found the lower control arms both broken (sheared) below where the bushing inserted ... the lift was from 2000 and I have replaced (today) the lift kit control arms (they are not OEM, came with the lift kit from Les Schwab) ... this summer I had my mechanic (from a shop to remain nameless) replace the bushings as there was too much play, but when he did I think he used a torch to get the bolts out as they had seized onto the bushings ... musta weekend the metal, I just couting my blessings that this did not happen on the highway, interstate, or some crowded intersection ... I'll post a pic later ... I'm replacing the upper control arms tonight or tomorrow before I drive it, can't trust the metal integrity in them now either.

PendO
11-09-2006, 10:31 PM
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PendO
11-09-2006, 10:32 PM
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6ballsisall
11-09-2006, 10:32 PM
Bummer Pendo! Those year Dodge Rams were notorious for bad steering. My 02 wandered all over the road, loved the truck (Cummins) hated the steering. Try adding a Lukes Link setup while you are at it. ;)

Mag_Red
11-09-2006, 10:34 PM
That's scary Pendo.......glad you're OK!

06' X-2 R8R H8R
11-09-2006, 10:34 PM
Typical DODGE for you!!!!!

PendO
11-09-2006, 10:38 PM
Bummer Pendo! Those year Dodge Rams were notorious for bad steering. My 02 wandered all over the road, loved the truck (Cummins) hated the steering. Try adding a Lukes Link setup while you are at it. ;)

yeah, the 35" do not help with the steering either... I'm just getting it fixed up so we can give it to an employee as a daily driver ... glad this didn't happen to one of the employees out in the middle of nowhere ... I was like 200' from my house:) If you ask me the control arms w/ the lift kit are pretty weak, I am going to shop around for something more stout.

Workin' 4 Toys
11-10-2006, 09:27 AM
I suggest looking at:
Skyjacker (http://www.skyjacker.com/default.asp)
or
BDS (http://www.bds-suspension.com)

Sodar
11-10-2006, 09:35 AM
I suggest looking at:
Skyjacker (http://www.skyjacker.com/default.asp)
or
BDS (http://www.bds-suspension.com)

I will second the sky jacker... they are really beefy and have some adjustability to them...

Diesel
11-10-2006, 09:42 AM
That's not a heat failure. From the looks of the failure it appears to be a design flaw. The tubing walls look to be too thin for the forces. They gave way at near the stress riser created at the weld joint. I would be all over the mfg of that kit and I sure wouldn't put new control arms from the same mfg back on the truck. Can you get a wall measurement on that tubing for us?

Tryin-again
11-10-2006, 09:49 AM
That's not a heat failure. From the looks of the failure it appears to be a design flaw. The tubing walls look to be too thin for the forces. They gave way at near the stress riser created at the weld joint. I would be all over the mfg of that kit and I sure wouldn't put new control arms from the same mfg back on the truck. Can you get a wall measurement on that tubing for us?


Ditto ^^^ Tooo Thin.... :confused:

Workin' 4 Toys
11-10-2006, 09:53 AM
If you feel REAL ambitious, you can go to these guys and get your own parts to build your own that won't break....Or have them build you your own set. I personally have used both of these for suppliers......

Rod ends ( http://www.qa1.net)

Components (https://www.spydercustoms.com/index2.php)

PendO
11-10-2006, 11:56 AM
thanks for the replies ... I will get a wall measurement ... it is at the shop that installed the lift getting the uppers replaced and re-aligned ... what I also realized is that there are 2 different bushing sizes depending on if my 99 had a pre September 99 build date, or a post 9/99 Build date... this summer when I went to get new bushings from the manf. and had a mechanic (not the lift installer) put the new bushings in / and take the seized bolts out- apparently the wrong size bushings were used (too large insided diameter, not snug on the bolt) ... I saw the control arms this summer and they were not cracked, but the rust on the cracked pieces indicates that not all of the breakage/cracking happened yesterday ... the shop is saving the uppers so I can look at them, I will post a picture of them later tonight and get a wall measurement ... I'm anxious to see if there is any cracking when they take off the uppers.