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It can mess up the arm, the bushings,The ears the arm mounts to, the cylinder, the arm rod. A knotch should have been cut in the arm for clearance. I would say cut the knotches and see if it still locks funny
 

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I know. But the arm hits the frame this side, preventing it from lockiing up.

When dumped, the upper a arm touches the inner fender on the side in the picture.

The other side, you can fit your finger in there.....:(


Ive replaced bushings, tie rods, had pockets reinforced and the mount doesnt look bent, but it MUST be.
 

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Thats the problem, the side in the picture is the lower side. It seems restricted when it its the frame.

No crossmember damage. Im stumped.

The other side sits higher and it has the bump stop still in the arm :dunno:
 

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Frame could be twistwed. Or the ears could be bent . Front coils could be postioned differently. Coil can be pushing through the spring pocket in the frame or lowwer arm. Bushings can be worn out. are the shims removed?
 

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When the front was lifted did you hamer down or remove the tabs from inside the pocket in the frame? If not the low side could have pushed it down on its own but not on the other side.
 

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post a picture from the side... from the inside of the wheel wheel..
 

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The fact that the top plate of the arm is bent up must mean the sides have been bent down or out also ? I reckon your arms are just a different shape altogether !

Also the shims are there for a reason, the frames were built on a jig, obviously, but mounts for the arms are all over the place (my g-body is a prime example of this) you may need some shims on one side but not on the other, and also you may need a different amount of shims fore and aft to get the arms parallel and level !

Just dropping all the shims out totally like i did messes the front end up massively, trouble is there is not a lot that you can use as a datum point to get it all aligned 100% !
 

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undo the upper ball joint and check under the a-arm... any cracks?
 

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#1 notch those uppers....
 

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I had the arms off when I put the bushings in. No cracks or bends. The mount looks fine.

I'm thinking this arm is bent b/c of not being notched. THe notch allows it to lay lower on that side when dumped, and hits the frame when lifted.

Here is a picture of the other "good" side...
 

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Originally posted by KentuckyGbody@Sep 1 2005, 02:17 PM~3733429
I had the arms off when I put the bushings in. No cracks or bends. The mount looks fine.

I'm thinking this arm is bent b/c of not being notched. THe notch allows it to lay lower on that side when dumped, and hits the frame when lifted.

Here is a picture of the other "good" side...

The arm could be bent... but I'm more willing to bet the frame ear is slightly bent when the car was lowered and the cylinders hit the arms causing the frame ear to bend......
 
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