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Ladies and gentlemen, I have upper control arm bushings for my 93 Dakota.
My question is do I have to pull the control arm off the truck? its a 4x4
and I\it looks like I just pull the nuts on the end and tap them out, well beat e living poo poo out of them and remove them :)
 

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I would suggest having a look at the videos on YouTube regarding replacing control arm bushings. There may even be one specific to your vehicle.

Even if there is one specific to your vehicle, watch at least several. When it comes to doing this sort of job, there's definitely a right way to do it, and many, many wrong ways. You can pretty quickly determine if the right way is being used if there is a consensus method that shows up. Any one video could have been made by an idiot, but it's not likely that you'll see the same (or very similar) "idiot technique" used repeatedly across examples.
 

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Yea tired that but when I type 93 I get every year but LOL
 

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This process is very, very similar across vehicles, at least anything even vaguely modern.

All I'm saying is that it's far easier to determine exactly what's involved by taking the time to look at several different mechanics doing that work, no matter what make and model they happen to be working on. If it's the same or very similar to yours that helps, of course, but even if it isn't it's worth seeing how it's commonly done. Particularly how to press out the existing ones and press in the replacements.
 

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yep that's why keep certain parts my son brings home from his work that way I can practice on things the other day he brought home a ram upper control assembly, the whole thing the guy was in a wreck on 11 and wanted the entire front end replaces if it was damaged or bent at all
 

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wolfen, any Dakota from 1987-2003 should be the same on those bushings.
 

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Yea, my son is gonna bring his ball joint press home, for installation, but I'm hoping I can do one at a time and use the cold chisel to pound them out the current ones I don't care about condition or if they come apart in pieces
 

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Wound up getting stock Upper control arms, there is nobody that has bushings for the Trail master uca's, I had to grind about 1/4 inch off eh flat surface of the arm to clear the tire and an alignment at Morris uto here in town was $75
 

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Good thing yours is body on frame only needing front end alignment. Later models are unibody.
 

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Uni body is why I have a pickup, I DO NOT want ANYTHING to do with uni body vehicles
 

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Its been a whole since I visited this thread, I wound up in Hillsborough getting two Grade A upper control arms and they rubbed the tires because of the 3" extensions for the frame lift, so I modified the upper control arms by cutting off the very tip of the structural support bend and weldig in a support strip behind the outter edge, so far so good
 
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