Icon uniball upper control arm install guide:
Technically, the first step of this install is to jack the truck up onto a jack stands or a lift. Luckily for us, our truck was already in the air for the installation of our ICON front coilovers
, ReadyLift rear lift block
, and ICON 2.0 Aluminum Shocks. With that out of the way, JD and Kris from Extreme made quick work of our upper arm installation.
After the truck is up on your jack stands or lift and the wheels are removed, he first step is to remove the nut holding the factory ball joint to the spindle.
It did take some penetrating oil and a good whack with a mallet to get the ball joint's stud out of the spindle, but it certainly got the job done.
Anyway, with the ball joint of of the spindle, it's time to hit both the forward and rear bolts holing the factory control arm in place. Two sets of hands help, but this part of the job is totally doable with just a crescent wrench and ratchet.
With both bolts removed, the factory control arm should easily drop out of your truck and onto either ebay or Craigslist.
Now JD and Kris went to work preparing the ICON upper control arms for installation, which involved pressing in the uniball joint and the two black polyurethane bushings for the actual body mounts.
After the control arms are prepped and ready to go, JD and Kris got them bolted right back up to the factory mounts with only a little juggling of a flashlight and wrenches.
With the arms mounted, Kris and JD threw some muscle and patience at getting the uniball's stud back into the spindle and bolted down.
The final step for our upper arms was the installation of ICON's uniball covers
onto the uniball housings, which we here at Stage 3 include for free in each upper control arm kit. The caps easily install using double-sided 3M tape rings which the caps plop down right on top of for a clean seal.
The end result is pretty impressive, and the uniballs allow the ICON Front Coilovers
to work at their maximum potential and gives our project truck a much better range of articulation than stock.