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Lower control arm issue

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Rich10:
Hi guys,

I’ve got a ‘77 C10.

I needed to replace my lower control arms.  They were really bad.

We’ll, I screwed up. I ordered 3/4 ton c20 lower arms for my 1/2 ton C10. As far as I can tell, they’re the same as 1/2 ton except for the lower ball joint.  The problem is that the 3/4 ton ball joint is larger than a 1/2 ton and the ball joint won’t slide into the spindle.

Has anyone reemed their spindle for the larger lower ball joint?
Or
Is there a 1/2 ton ball joint that’s a large OD to fit the 3/4 size (like a combination ball joint)?

Any other options?

Thanks

JohnnyPopper:
My understanding is that the 1/2 to 1 ton arms fit the same foot print. But as the wearable component grow to accommodate the higher load, the spec's change.

How bad were the original arms? Bushing, ball joints, aren't dependent on the arms unless they are deformed, bent, etc..

Rich10:

--- Quote from: JohnnyPopper on November 08, 2021, 10:15:25 PM ---My understanding is that the 1/2 to 1 ton arms fit the same foot print. But as the wearable component grow to accommodate the higher load, the spec's change.

How bad were the original arms? Bushing, ball joints, aren't dependent on the arms unless they are deformed, bent, etc..

--- End quote ---

Yes, the arms are the same size.  I think the only difference is the shaft and ball joint.

The old arms were rotted and bent. 

VileZambonie:
as long as you are willing to and can properly do it, you could ream the knuckle to accept the shank. People do it all of the time on their Jeeps.

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