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Did you notice any excessive wear on the rubber bushing or the LCA/mount from the bent mount contacting the lower control arm?
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The bushing was fine. There was some metal to metal contact so it is probably a good idea to bend them back if they do get deformed. I was initially worried about stressing the metal from bending it back but apparently letting the metal stretch and crack isn't such a good idea either.

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you can buy the mount from Nissan if its really @#%#@ up but it still need to be welded in by a pro. any body/frame shop can do it.
Interesting. While I was wire brushing pre-weld and looking for a good grounding spot I noticed that the front LCA mount was just a separate section of metal welded on to the structure. I would never attempt that weld.... but good to know.

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I'm gonna raise this thread from the dead. I slid into a ditch and smashed the ish out of my swaybar mount and a bit of a hit to the front LCA mount. So hard it popped it out of the ball joint on the OTHER side of the swaybar. It shredded my SE wheel as well. The wheel looks to be pushed a couple of inches back. I had a frame guy come out and take some measurements, he said it seems to be just (or mainly) the LCA/UCA and tie rod ends. I ordered some up but I am a pessimist and afraid I'll have to bash the mounts back into place, maybe dig out the big come along or use my 1 ton to get it straight. I'll update when I get my parts in. I'll be impressed if the frame took that hit and it came out ok.

Anyone had a similar experience? I was wondering if anyone had actually managed to bend the LCA/UCA back that far and simply be able to replace them with no frame work.

My truck has over 200k miles and has had a lot of abuse and lack of maintenance, so it may soon become a trail rig only. I don't care if it has a little dog walk to it in that case, I just want it to be safe and not tear up my tires on the 30 mile trip to my usual camping spots.
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I don't even wanna think about this one. I'm replacing the LCAs here real soon.

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I'm gonna raise this thread from the dead. I slid into a ditch and smashed the ish out of my swaybar mount and a bit of a hit to the front LCA mount. So hard it popped it out of the ball joint on the OTHER side of the swaybar. It shredded my SE wheel as well. The wheel looks to be pushed a couple of inches back. I had a frame guy come out and take some measurements, he said it seems to be just (or mainly) the LCA/UCA and tie rod ends. I ordered some up but I am a pessimist and afraid I'll have to bash the mounts back into place, maybe dig out the big come along or use my 1 ton to get it straight. I'll update when I get my parts in. I'll be impressed if the frame took that hit and it came out ok.

Anyone had a similar experience? I was wondering if anyone had actually managed to bend the LCA/UCA back that far and simply be able to replace them with no frame work.

My truck has over 200k miles and has had a lot of abuse and lack of maintenance, so it may soon become a trail rig only. I don't care if it has a little dog walk to it in that case, I just want it to be safe and not tear up my tires on the 30 mile trip to my usual camping spots.
I'd get new LCA and UCA.

My LCA mounts where also bent. Not an issue removing the LCA. Tried to beat it back with a 5 lb sledge but couldn't. Ground a little off the bent end so they stopped rubbing the LCA and called it a day.
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My new LCA/UCA came in today. I'll install when I have time, but I will have a hard time finding it. I may pay a friend of mine (good mechanic) to do it, or at least help me out. More tools, more people, less time. I tried to get under there and see if there was obvious deformation to the old LCA by holding the new one up to it. It was raining, I had my office clothes on, and I couldn't really tell. The guy I had come out with the tape measure swears the frame is allright, so I'll take his word for it for now.
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Got some good news on my truck. The LCA is the issue. I've had to bend the mounting tabs back into place a bit, and will put a little bit of MIG reinforcement on the one that got deformed the most, but the LCA was definitely out of shape and the culprit of my mis-alignment. That frame is one tough mutha. Had to cut the camber bolt off, it was hopeless to remove it. Probably spent more time trying to grind that sucker off than anything. The tie rods and rack didn't seem to be damaged at all, much to my surprise. I'll get it put back together and take it in for an alignment this weekend and give a final update after that.
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