Your vehicle's rear and front control arms play a major role in your car or truck’s suspension system. Generally speaking, a vehicle’s control arms act as the pivot point from the wheels to the road and the springs or struts to the frame or unibody of the vehicle. They keep the up and down motion of the vehicle’s wheels in relation to its body synchronized while holding the knuckles, spindles, and axles firmly onto the vehicle. In a nutshell, rear and front control arms hold everything together and help you maintain control of your car or truck so that it isn’t wandering all over the place. As a result, you are able to drive your vehicle smoothly without feeling like you are about to be sick from the dizzying movement.
Front control arms, like those located in the rear, work in tandem with bushings which are used to reduce friction and prevent any contact between the components which could prove to be damaging. The vast majority of front control arms will also have a ball joint mounted securely to them which also allow for the control arm to rotate up and down without binding up.
Finally! We get to put something back together instead of taking it apart! After painting the control arms and associated other pieces with Zero-Rust chassis black, my dad came over and helped me get the new bushings pressed into the front control arms. We set out to use his shop press to do the job, but we couldn’t get the a-arms to fit the press correctly, so we ended up just hammering them in. We used one of the dies from the press to drive the bushing sleeve in from the top, and a piece of heavy gauge tubing to support the bottom, allowing the bushing sleeve to push through and not be damaged by hammer blows or hitting the anvil / vice. Worked just fine!
: Select your vehicle year and ride height in the option box above. These front lower control arms are available in lengths for stock ride height, 1"-3" lift or 4"-6" lift configurations. If you choose lifted you must also get matching length .