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Old 11-10-2004, 04:35 AM   #1
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2002 XCSP Well on the last ride managed to bend the lower control arm on the right side. I removed the pipe and attempted to loosen the bolt but they are angled to the inside and the not on the back side is pressed against the bulkhead so I cant turn the nut off either. The problem is I cant fit a socket on the bolt due to the being pressed on the tub....so I got an open end wrench and it will only fit on the bolt one way where the wrench is against the support bracket so I cant turn it any more. I know this is a relatively simple operation I have bent these arms before and replaced them without incident but this one is difficult. I looked om my rmk and the bolt and nut are pressed against the bulkhead as well. Is there a special wrench needed to remove the bolts on the edge chassis? I am at the point where I think the dealer might have to do this for me...man I feel like crap not being able to change out my own control arm! I am open to any opinions or information on this. Simple things can be the most difficult at times
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Old 11-10-2004, 04:37 AM   #2
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the bolt on the front side. no room for socket and the wrench only fits against the support bracket. HELP
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Old 11-10-2004, 04:41 AM   #3
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This pic is of the nut. Socket will not fit due to the nut being against the bulthead. End wrench will not fit in there. They must install these before anything else on the production line. I have bent these in the past and it is not uncommon to do so you would think they would make it easier to change out.
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Old 11-10-2004, 11:44 AM   #4
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would a socket with a swivel work?
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Old 11-10-2004, 12:00 PM   #5
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can you cut or burn that nut off?
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Old 11-10-2004, 12:47 PM   #6
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I'm not exactly sure what you are calling the "control arm" Are you referring to the aluminum tubes with the Heim joints on the ends? If so leave the Heim joint bolted to the bulkhead. Unbolt the other end from the spindle trailing arm. Unscrew the aluminum tube from the bulkhead Heim joint. This way you don't take the bulkhead bolt loose. I Bent both the upper and lower ones on my 03 Pro X and thats how I changed mine. Now that I am writing this I seem to remember they were called "Control Arms"
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Old 11-10-2004, 01:59 PM   #7
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Sockets will not work due to the close tolerance between the tub and the bolt head. I hate considered cutting a small half moon area out of the tub to allow a socket to fit but I don't want to have to do that. I don't have access to a torch so I don't think I can cut it out. On the inside of the control arm there is no heim joint so I cant back it out there, there is on the trailing arm side.
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Old 11-10-2004, 02:51 PM   #8
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If room allowed, I might be tempted to tap a thinwall socket on. There might be enough slop in the bolt hole to move the bolt and allow for enough clearance for the socket?
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Old 11-10-2004, 03:33 PM   #9
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With the style of riding we do I am wondering if I remove the tei rod end and throw the sled on it's side I could probly bend it back straight again, but would it bend back easily? I am sure it will get bent again even with a new one...should I just bend it straight?
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Old 11-10-2004, 09:17 PM   #10
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If there isn't any kinked or collapsed area - before or after- I might try something like that too. But it would have to be pretty straight when I was done for me to feel safe with it. Anything less will be a lot easier to bend again.
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