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    Default Hello everyone... Control arm

    Hello calibers lovers.
    If i may, i am about to replace the rear upper control arms
    And i saw 2 type of arms. One direct fit and ajustable.
    I have a 2007 sxt and if you stand behind it you could see the tires are a little / \
    And worn inside.i bought the direct fit cause it was way to cheaper than adjustable. But
    Do i need an adjustable one ? Or direct fit will do its job?
    Also alingment, how to do it.
    Thanks.

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    You take the car to a shop with an alignment rig to get an alignment...no way a DIYer can do the job at home.

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    The only adjustable part on the caliber if you use stock arms is toe which has nothing to do with the upper arms.

    I've only ever used stock style upper arms and have never had tire wear on the inside edge because I changed them out everytime before they wrecked the tires.

    I'm on my 4th set... Only have 246K km.

    The adjustable ones will allow the camber to be adjusted as they wear but the cost of them plus the cost of an alignment for outweighs just buying the cheap stock ones. You could changed them 4 or 5 times for the cost of 1 set of adjustable ones and the cost of an alignment. And I bet the bushings in the adjustable ones are no better then the stock style and that is what wears out.

    If you've never changed the toe links in the rear you might as well. If the uppers are worn the toe links likely are too.

    Also check the trailing arm bushings they are a huge failure point in the suspension.

    Actually the whole rear end suspension is just an engineering failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonatom View Post
    The only adjustable part on the caliber if you use stock arms is toe which has nothing to do with the upper arms.

    I've only ever used stock style upper arms and have never had tire wear on the inside edge because I changed them out everytime before they wrecked the tires.

    I'm on my 4th set... Only have 246K km.

    The adjustable ones will allow the camber to be adjusted as they wear but the cost of them plus the cost of an alignment for outweighs just buying the cheap stock ones. You could changed them 4 or 5 times for the cost of 1 set of adjustable ones and the cost of an alignment. And I bet the bushings in the adjustable ones are no better then the stock style and that is what wears out.

    If you've never changed the toe links in the rear you might as well. If the uppers are worn the toe links likely are too.

    Also check the trailing arm bushings they are a huge failure point in the suspension.

    Actually the whole rear end suspension is just an engineering failure.
    You were right, bad toe links, the were so bad the bushing came out when they took it off. Also the upper arm were bad.
    So i replaced 4 arms, rear struts and got the alingment. I can't believe this calibers are so bad on front and rear suspension.
    Before i did all this i had to do the front.
    Struts, struts mounts, inner and outter toe
    Swaybar links and front control arms.
    I live in puerto rico and here the road are bad but since hurricane maria they are just worst. Bad combination for me.

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    That's why I never buy a first year production car and do some research on a model before buying. I currently have a Kia Forte and love this car. Will it last 250,000 miles like my last Mopar? I don't know. But I'm averaging 42 mpg and with gas prices going up weekly around here, I like that. I'm sure sorry to see the lack of progress going on in Puerto Rico. I think if we had different people in charge in D.C., things would be much better. God speed to you and your fellow islanders.
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