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So, if you own an '06 to '18 Ram 1500 and you're looking for one of the more affordable fully boxed and welded control arm upgrades, maybe you want to put a big lift on your truck or you just want to put your suspension through some off-road abuse and you want to make sure that suspension can handle it, then you should be checking out Zone Offroad's heavy duty upper controller arm. At around the $500 price point, again, this is one of the most affordable options by a couple hundred bucks but is still a massive upgrade. What I really like about this control arm is how well built it is. It's made on an eighth-inch thick plate steel. Again, all welded as one piece and the factory style rubber bushing are fully enclosed. You're also getting a massively upgraded ball joint with a nice grease fitting on there. So, if you put your truck through a lot of articulation, you can make sure that ball joint has a lifespan. Other thing that I really like about this control arm is Zone says it allows you to install up to a 4-inch to 6-inch suspension lift. With a factory control arm, the ball joints simply can't handle that amount of suspension travel. However, this one is specifically designed to do so. So, if you want to install a lift that high and you want to do it right, this would be an excellent choice. This is also a very easy install. I'd give it two out of three wrenches on my difficult meter. It is a bolt-on job. You are working with a primary suspension component so you still want to take your time. You're going to need a couple of specialty tools like a torque wrench, but besides that, it's pretty straightforward. So again, if you're looking for one of the most affordable control arm upgrades, go ahead and stick around. I'm actually going to show you guys how to get this job done step by step. To install your new control arm on your Ram, you will need the following tools: standard drive ratchet, an 18-millimeter socket, needle nose pliers, a hammer, and a 21-millimeter socket, as well as torque wrench. Optional but helpful tools include a swivel socket, an impact 18-millimeter, a cordless impact, some spray lubricant, and a breaker bar. So first things first, obviously, you want to get your truck off the ground so you can take the load off your suspension, then you want to support your steering knuckle. That's very important. You don't want that thing to drop down when we actually remove this. Now, once you got everything supported like I do, you might have a cotter pin inside the nut on the upper ball joint. If that's the case, we just gotta remove that with a pair of needle nose pliers. All right. Once you got that cotter pin removed, you can pop the nut off of the ball joint. The nut's a little bit stuck on there most likely so you might have to hit it with some spray lubricant or a little bit of heat. It's obviously helpful to have a big old breaker bar. At any rate, you'll need an 18-millimeter socket to loosen this guy and remove it.All right. Now that we have the nut removed from the ball joint, we can actually pop it free from the knuckle. You're going to need your high-speed ball joint removal tool as the instructions refer to. You're going to smack the top of the knuckle and that should pop it loose. Now, this is under load. Actually, the bushings themselves have a little bit of spring to them so the upper control arm is going to want to fly out of there. It's a good practice to actually thread the nut back on the bottom of the stud a little bit, that'll keep everything in place. So once you've done this, you can go ahead and slowly remove the nut and you can slowly let the upper control arm fall out of the knuckle. All right. Now that our ball joint is free of the knuckle, we can actually remove the control arm itself. In order to do that, you have to pull the two bolts on either side of the control arm bushings. You'll need 18-millimeter socket and again, it's helpful to have that breaker bar while you're at it. Now, in the case of our control arm, we don't have the bracket up here but there is a bracket for this little line right here so you want to make sure you pop that line free as well. In the case of ours, it's just zip tied so I'm just going to go ahead and remove that now too.So now that our factory control arm is removed, we can install our new control arm. It's the same exact steps in reverse order so you want to get the stud of the ball joint seated in the top of the knuckle and then you're going to throw those bolts and flag nuts in place. Now you want to tighten those down just enough to keep the control arm in place but you don't want to tighten them down to torque spec. If you do at this angle, then you could actually rip the bushings inside, so we're going to tackle that later once we actually get some suspension under load on here. All right. Once you got the upper control arm seated with the bolt and flag nuts, you can actually install the nut for the ball joint itself. To tighten this one down, you're going to need a larger 21-millimeter socket. You can actually torque this to spec. This one's not going to matter when we tighten this down all the way because the ball joint will rotate as the suspension goes under load. So you're gonna want to torque this down to 70 pound-feet and then you can install the cotter pin that's included with the new control arm.All right. Now that we have our ball joint torqued to spec, we're going to lower our truck, we're going to put our suspension under load using a floor jack. We want our control arm at the right height that it's going to sit with the wheel on there and then we're going to torque those last two bolts to spec. Obviously, you're gonna need your torque wrench for this one. You're going to torque those two down to 120 pound-feet. So, once you got those two bolts torqued to spec, that'll actually wrap up our install. That also wraps up my review of Zone Offroad's HD upper control arms fitting your '06 to '18 Ram 1500. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. For all things Ram, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Get the Most Out of Modified Suspension. Where the suspension of a Dodge RAM 1500 has been modified with a lift or leveling kit but the original stock upper control arms were retained, the increased strain on the upper ball joints can result in premature failure of the ball joints. Zone Offroad has designed and built its Heavy Duty Upper Control Arm Kit to avoid this problem. The kit is ideal for use with Zone Offroad’s own 4” and 6” suspension systems (sold separately) for the Dodge RAM 1500.
1/8” Boxed Steel. Zone Offroad builds the Heavy Duty Upper Control Arms from 1/8 inch fully welded and boxed steel. The bushing and ball-joint cups are CNC-machined for superior tolerances, with a greasable design for long life. The durable black powder coat looks fantastic and resists wear and corrosion.
OEM Replacement. Zone Offroad has engineered the Heavy Duty Upper Control Arms to provide superior mechanical performance with lift and leveling kits. However, these are direct replacements for the stock arms so installation is straightforward.
Limited Lifetime Warranty. The Zone Offroad Heavy Duty Upper Control Arm Kit comes with a lifetime limited warranty.
Application. The Heavy Duty Upper Control Arm Kit fits 4WD RAM 1500 trucks from 2006–2018..
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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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