Remember a couple weeks back I was looking for a particular wheel and I posted a picture of the damage to the one I have? Well because of very bad weather and the fact that my “garage” is a dormant Maple tree with mud for a floor, I just finished the disassembly yesterday.
First inspection did not reveal any frame damage and I thought that I got very lucky, considering that the impact with the culvert pulled the lower ball joint clean out of the A arm and the upper ball joint clean out of the socket and the tie rod ball joint broke cleanly in half. But after getting everything out, cleaning out some of the mud, leaves and pine straw and all the pieces of the inner fender liner, it appears not so.
Sorry I left the caliper in the picture, It’s just sitting on the upper control arm for now. But the frame where the trailing edge of the control arm attaches (rear bushing) is pushed in about a half inch and the the front attachment point is pulled out about the same, pushes the upper ball joint back about the same amount.
The lower control arm does not appear to have moved, maybe because of the big ole torsion bar holding it in place.
I have a friend who owns a body shop that can straighten the frame for me (small discount but he will be paid) or I can get an offset upper ball joint that can account for that small change in caster. Which do you think is best. I.m not sure I trust the offset ball joint as I think it would be weaker. It’s made for lifted suspensions.