LR3 front lower control arms.

lordhelemt

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Dec 18, 2010
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It’s that time again. The front lower arms are beginning to show signs of wear so I’ll be replacing them in the very near future. Last time I did them I went with genuine but now the truck is nearing 200k miles and I’m wondering if there are any good quality aftermarket arms available. No, I don’t want poly so that option is off the table.

Does anyone have experience with the Moog arms? They seem pretty reasonably priced and generally sell decent parts or should I stick with a British brand?
 

Howski

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Oct 19, 2009
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Friend of mine has had good luck with Meyle HD LCA’s on 3’s and 4’s. I’ve not had to do mine yet but definitely not something you want to skimp on
 

1of40

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Oct 23, 2017
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Reviving this thread. My wife’s LR4 PS LCA is going, getting death wobble when braking on steep descents above 50mph.

Ive heard go with RRS due to better bushings.
1. Any LCA sellers/brands to avoid?
2. Any that you recommend?

TIA
 

jymmiejamz

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Reviving this thread. My wife’s LR4 PS LCA is going, getting death wobble when braking on steep descents above 50mph.

Ive heard go with RRS due to better bushings.
1. Any LCA sellers/brands to avoid?
2. Any that you recommend?

TIA
I might be wrong about this, but I thought all of the bushings have superceeded to the same part number
 
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discostew

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Well to be honest I'm not sure how different it is. But if it's a different part # something is different. The bushings are the same. I know for sure the geometry in the front suspension is different between the knuckle and the lower ball joint. The Sports you could get the lower ball joint out of the knuckle with the axle in place. The LR3 you have to push the axle out of the bearing to make clearance for the ball joint to come out. LR4 is the same as the old sport as far as removal goes. It will clear the axle.

I also remember a vehicle I couldn't get into spec after I replaced the arms. I believe that came down to they gave me the wrong arms.
 

1of40

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Closing the loop.

Went the Luck8 route and picked up their Front LCA with Hardware for $228 shipped. Box arrived in two days. Justin and his crew provide a ton of support to the LR community and want to give back to those guys as often as possible.

Did the install at a friends shop this morning. Lucked out and didn’t need to cut any bolts. A lift and proper tools one can knocked it all out in a couple hours.

Steering wheel is cocked a bit and it crabs to the DS. Dropping off for alignment Tuesday.
 

ryanjl

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Not to be a downer, but the Lucky8 LCA are garbage. I went the Lucky8 route because I was in a pinch, and the ball joint went bad in mine in just over a year and about 12k miles. I wound up pulling them and replacing them with something better.

While yours are still good, squirt some grease under the rubber ball joint boot. Mine were undergreased. There may have been some quality problems beyond that (there probably were), but that should at least buy you more time than I got.
 

renli3d

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I replaced my lower control arm bushings with Nolathanes (they have a kit specifically for the LR3, 85 durometer) since the originals were shot after 216K miles. I made sure to tighten the LCA bolts only after raising the LCA to the proper neutral height. I have bushings for the upper control arms as well but after removing the upper control arms I noticed that the bushings were just fine. I sprayed them with Aerospace 303 and put the originals back in. The LR3 drives excellent with the poly lower bushings and the rubber upper bushings. I have to say, removing the original rubber bushings took me FOREVER. I have a 20 ton press but couldn't figure out a way to press the bushings out. I ended up cutting them out which probably took me at least an hour per bushing with a manual hacksaw and a drill. If you elect to replace just the bushings, you really need one of those press tools that you can use an impact wrench on.