Minute Mods: TJ and XJ Lower Control Arm Skids
http://www.JeepWire.com/tech/susp/tjxj_lca_skid Short Cuts

By: John Nutter - 5/2002

Photos by: John Nutter and Keith Thomas

Minute Mods: Quick and easy LCA skids for the TJ and XJ

The lower control arm mounts on the TJ Wranglers, XJ Cherokees and Grand Cherokees are mounted below the axle tube where they may encounter rocks. Here's a quick and easy way to make them slide over rocks better and protect them from damage.



Photo by: John Nutter
The stock lower control arm mount on a TJ. If you look closely you can see some rock rash.
Photo by: John Nutter
This is all you need for raw materials. Two pieces of 3/16" thick mild steel cut into 3" by 3" squares.
Photo by: Keith Thomas
Weld the squares in place after trial fitting the lower control arms and then removing the arms again.
Photo by: John Nutter
Welding on the inside for extra strength is optional.
Photo by: John Nutter
There is welding involved with this modification, so drop the lower control arms to prevent damage to the bushings.
Photo by: John Nutter
Tack the sqares in place and then check to make sure that they don't interfere with the lower control arms.
Photo by: John Nutter
Grinding the beads down so they won't get snagged on a rock is a nice touch.
Photo by: John Nutter

The basic premise of this modification is that welding a 3" by 3" by 3/16" thick plate of steel between the sides of the lower control arm mounts will increase their strength and resistance to bending, as well as increase the likelihood of their sliding over a rock without snagging. It's really just as simple as it sounds. This job should take well under an hour and cost almost nothing if you own a welder. If you don't own a welder, most welding shops and 4wd shops will perform this service for a reasonable fee.

There are really only two considerations to take into account when doing this modification. 1) Test fit the control arms after you have tacked the plates in place and make sure everything clears before welding. 2) You might want to straighten out the brackets if your Jeep has seen hard-core rock use. Beyond that, use normal safety precautions and have fun.


Related Links

Trending on 4x4Wire TrailTalk Forums

New Topics on TrailTalk
WTB 2 Door Montero
by Malykaii. 05/16/19 04:35 PM
Skid plates for 87 Raider
by Tuxedo_Ranch. 05/11/19 03:00 AM
1987, 2.6L, power steering pump bracket
by Tincan. 05/11/19 02:01 AM
Need 1989 Windshield Washer Reservoir Tank
by polar. 05/07/19 06:23 PM
Need Complete Exhaust Assembly 89 V6 SWB
by polar. 05/07/19 06:05 PM
Gen 2 Alignment Issues - Caster
by red97rum. 05/07/19 12:34 AM
Recent Posts on TrailTalk
1987, 2.6L, power steering pump bracket
by rxinhed. 05/17/19 12:50 AM
WTB 2 Door Montero
by rxinhed. 05/17/19 12:43 AM
91 Montero Gas Smell
by rxinhed. 05/14/19 12:32 AM
Skid plates for 87 Raider
by rxinhed. 05/14/19 12:30 AM
suzi the psychic
by Tuxedo_Ranch. 05/13/19 02:52 AM
87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas
by Tuxedo_Ranch. 05/12/19 12:43 PM
Introduction & New Raider
by Tuxedo_Ranch. 05/12/19 12:36 PM

OutdoorWire Websites

OutdoorWire

OutdoorWire

Portal page for OutdoorWire Access and Landuse Central Read More
4x4Voice

4x4Voice

California off road recreation news and information Read More
MUIRNet News

MUIRNet News

News and information about issues affecting outdoor recreation Read More
4x4Wire

4x4Wire

Off road recreation and 4x4 Technical news and information Read More
TrailTalk

TrailTalk

4x4Wire TrailTalk Forums for a variety of 4x4 tech information Read More

4x4Wire Tech Section

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep Tech from JeepWire - Mods, Maintenance, Tech and more... Read More
Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu Tech from 4x4Wire - Mods, Maintenance, Tech and more... Read More






4x4Wire Social:

| 4x4Wire on FaceBook | Google+4x4Wire on Google+|


OutdoorWire, 4x4Wire, JeepWire, TrailTalk, MUIRNet-News, and 4x4Voice are all trademarks and publications of OutdoorWire, Inc. and MUIRNet Consulting.
Copyright (c) 1999-2017 OutdoorWire, Inc and MUIRNet Consulting - All Rights Reserved, no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission
You may link freely to this site, but no further use is allowed without the express written permission of the owner of this material.
All corporate trademarks are the property of their respective owners.