After I got the axle seated in the differential, I tried installing the bearing carrier to the lower control arm, but it wouldn't line up with the lower control arm mounts (Photo #1)...it was about an inch too high on each side, and there was no way of forcing it into place, because the axle could not be pushed downward any more. So, I connected the upper control arm to the top of the bearing carrier, and was able to push down very hard on the bearing carrier and line it up with the lower control arm mounts. It just seemed wrong, because in videos I watched, the bearing carrier lined up with the lower control arm without any issue, yet I had to put A LOT of weight on it to get it in place, which seems like it would put way too much pressure on the axle joints. Plus, the upper CV boot is very stretched and is dimpled in two spots (Photo #2).
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