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Hi All, This weekend I replaced my Upper Control Arms (UCAs). My car has 74K miles and the ball joints were shot. I looked at the service manual and the procredure there was overkill IMO. I've worked around the frontend enough to know it can be done more easily. So I documented it here...

Also, The UCA's I bought were off ebay. They looked good enough but I decided to check under the grease boot and found them pretty dry. So I recommend packing them before install. The OEM joints also ad very little grease too...

lastly, Both the OEM and the new UCA's have a VERY sloppy bolt fit... The bolt litterally was flopping loose in the hole. I'm not at all impressed with the troubles our cars have with front end noises so I decided to make sleeves to tighen this up a bit. I'm not saying you should do this. And I cannot say it will help anything. I do know it cannot hurt.

After replacement of the UCA's the car is noticably "tighter". It feels "newer" for a lack of better description. So I'm pretty happy with the results...

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EDIT: Part information update... These are the arms I bought...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-UPPER-CONTROL-DODGE-CHARGER-06-08-W-BALL-JOINT-BUSH_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem4ceeb57315QQitemZ330422383381QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessorieshttp://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-UP...tZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAcc essories

Part Numbers... 4782666AB (R) & 4782665AB (L)

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Here's some pic's...

First some video of how bad my joints were. The passenger side wasthe worst...

http://s775.photobucket.com/albums/...sc/UCA/?action=view&current=UCA_BadJoints.mp4

Here is a viedo of how loose the UCA bolts fit... Both the new UCA's and the OEM were the same...

http://s775.photobucket.com/albums/yy38/TRStone_00/300C_Misc/UCA/?action=view&current=UCA_Bolts.mp4


Here is the How - 2 on painless UCA replacement...

















 

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Excellent how-to Tim...needs to go into Knowledge base ASAP. Also, I have a feeling I will be tackling this myself in the spring, if you could add parts number references to the writeup I'm sure it would help a lot of people as well
 

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looks great man! i helped cksigmapi replace one a couple of months back. the driver side wasnt too bad once the two control arms are seperated but the passenger side looked a bit rough.
 

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Excellent how-to Tim...needs to go into Knowledge base ASAP. Also, I have a feeling I will be tackling this myself in the spring, if you could add parts number references to the writeup I'm sure it would help a lot of people as well
Hey Willy. I bought these UCAs off ebay about a year ago... This is the link to them. There are tons of them on ebay... I'd say no matter what you get to look them over real well & lube them up...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-UP...ptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories


Here is a link to the thread where I posted that I bought them... Only took me 6 months to get them in LOL...

http://www.300cforumz.com/showthread.php?t=76809


Part Numbers... 4782666AB (R) & 4782665AB (L)


looks great man! i helped cksigmapi replace one a couple of months back. the driver side wasnt too bad once the two control arms are seperated but the passenger side looked a bit rough.
Actually once you get the PCM out of the way the P/S becomes the easier side to do... But only if you pull the PCM...
 

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Excellent how-to, Tim. Thank you for your time and effort. I subscribed for future reference. Rep points (when I can) for a great post!!! :rep:
 

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Your pick fork looks like it has never been hit with a hammer!

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Excellent how-to, Tim. Thank you for your time and effort. I subscribed for future reference. Rep points (when I can) for a great post!!! :rep:
Thanks Dave. Always nice to hear from ya...

Awesome...as usual Tim!
I think you were thinking to do this work Nic, you should. My car felt a LOT nicer on the commute today. It simply feels much tighter in the front. I order new Inner Ties yesaterday. I figure if my UCAs were that bad I'm sure my inners are shot too... I will then have replaced everything in the front suspension...

Great write up Tim, thanks.
Thank you sir... It's appreciared. I try to give back when i can. It was nice to get my hands dirty again after spending so much messing around with electronics the past 4 months...

Your pick fork looks like it has never been hit with a hammer!

Beans
That's a sign of having good aim and a BFH... :D
 

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I think you were thinking to do this work Nic, you should. My car felt a LOT nicer on the commute today. It simply feels much tighter in the front. I order new Inner Ties yesaterday. I figure if my UCAs were that bad I'm sure my inners are shot too... I will then have replaced everything in the front suspension...

I did actually have them replaced in June with the SPC UCA's. My stock bushings on the OEM UCAs were torn at 34K miles!

My front end is completely replaced now (well except for the lower control arms but everything feels good and tight now).

I just need to get some new tires in the next few months to really test it out :)
 
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