Upper control arm bushings - DodgeForum.com

Go Back  DodgeForum.com > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Dakota > 2nd Gen Dakota
Reload this Page > Upper control arm bushings
2nd Gen Dakota 1997 - 2004 Dakota's

Upper control arm bushings

Reply

 
 
  #1  
Old 02-11-2018, 05:38 PM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,139
Default Upper control arm bushings

Check out my control arms bushings... look shot, don't they? Front end still feels great...tight. Anyone replace these before? Are they easy or a PITA? The bumps stops are in horrible shape too. Crumbling to pieces...and they look riveted in.

 

Last edited by Dodgevity; 02-11-2018 at 05:40 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-11-2018, 05:53 PM
TheMadCanadian
TheMadCanadian is offline
Rookie
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 54
Default

bump stop are not that important. most lowered truck just remove them. i removed them too.
on my 99 ( 97-04 same part ) i just burned them with a torch , sandblasted inside of the sleeve and put new one.
pretty easy. the PITA was to remove the arm itself. everything was rusted ( truck was sitting since 2-3 years on tall grass when i bought it ).

other solution is to buy 2 brand new cheap arms. i did not try the ultra-power arm myself but friends like them for the price. i tried other parts from them and absolutly loved them.
i tried dorman many time.. worst product ever when they have rubber. thier electronic and metal is good tho.
i don't know anyone with dorman that thier rubber lasted more than a year.

keep in mind they can't be dengerous. they have security check to pass to be sold in most country. the only thing that matter is rubber durability. nothing to worry about security. they wont break in two parts because they're cheap. this is a seller crap to sell pricey parts to make more profit. the only true thing is rubber durability.
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-11-2018, 07:12 PM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,139
Default

Seems like the bump stops just pull out of the holder. I didn't try it though, as they look like they'd crumble. I hate Dorman parts and would only use them in desperation. I got a lower steering shaft made by them and when I saw how much punier it was than the OEM, I returned it. Luckily the OEM stopped clicking when I put it back in.

Anyway, I'd really like to keep the OEM arms if possible and just replace the bushings, hopefully with Mopar ones.
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-11-2018, 07:56 PM
TheMadCanadian
TheMadCanadian is offline
Rookie
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 54
Default

well i don't know if mopar sell the bushing alone. if the STOCK ride quality is not important for you , go with energy suspension. way better and 90% of time cheaper than oem. i did on my accent , rio, lancer, and soon my dak.
anyway they are not hard to change.
 
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-11-2018, 09:19 PM
magnethead
magnethead is online now
Grand Champion
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 5,857
Default

I believe you can get the upper assemblies cheaper than the bushings and labor.

We have a press here, I did both sides uppers in about 3 hours.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-12-2018, 08:56 AM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,139
Default

Thanks, fellas. It's not so much preserving the stock ride, it's finding a solution that will last for years and years. I don't want to do the job and pay for an alignment, only to find needs to be done a year or two later because I used crap parts. I don't have a press but have watched a few videos where guys burn out the old bushings with a torch. Truth is, all this doesn't need to be done immediately, so I have time to weigh options. From a handling and feel standpoint, I can't tell that the bushings are worn....yet.
 
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-12-2018, 10:14 AM
HeyYou's Avatar
HeyYou
HeyYou is offline
Super Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Clayton MI
Posts: 48,396
Default

Burning them out with a torch works, but, it sure smells bad.........
 
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-12-2018, 10:57 AM
98DAKAZ's Avatar
98DAKAZ
98DAKAZ is offline
Champion
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
Posts: 4,443
Default

Your bushings may be ok I replaced all top arm bushings 6 years ago they now look all cracked like your pic.

The cracking rubber means nothing now if they feel lose you have a problem. The complete arms are the best way and faster.
 
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-12-2018, 11:25 AM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,139
Default

Originally Posted by 98DAKAZ View Post
Your bushings may be ok I replaced all top arm bushings 6 years ago they now look all cracked like your pic.

The cracking rubber means nothing now if they feel lose you have a problem. The complete arms are the best way and faster.
I looked up Mopar arms. Most sites say discontinued, the ones that had it were listing anywhere from $350 - 500.... DAMN! AM looks real attractive now.

Now about the cracking rubber.... once that sandwich portion in my pic gives out, I would imagine that would make a racket when the metal seats start touching.
 
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-12-2018, 11:42 AM
TheMadCanadian
TheMadCanadian is offline
Rookie
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 54
Default

the crack mean they are dead. maybe it holds up together but they are not working at all.
just try to make it aligned in a shop. they will refuse to do it because it will lose the alignment in less than 200 km.
but anyway , it is known to NEVER use mopar parts in suspension/steering for thier trucks. even a honest dodge dealer will tell you. its like that since over 20 years.
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
 

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
motodeficient
3rd Gen Dakota
11
02-18-2011 07:50 PM
famfedyk
1st Gen Durango
1
06-19-2008 09:10 PM
05SRTStage3
Neon SRT-4
4
04-10-2007 05:09 AM
PAGODA
2nd Gen Neon
1
08-30-2006 11:10 PM
Remmy
1st Gen Durango
2
06-22-2006 01:54 PM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
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

Forum Jump

Featured Sponsors

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:56 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: