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Car hit curb , changed the lower control arm, sway bar, cv joint, k frame , strut and the wheel isstill not straight ..... ? what else ?

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Knuckle and/or inner or outer tie rod? And then an alignment.

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The sway bar gives from side to side so I doubt your problem is in that. Of course it is really hard for me to pinpoint your problem without inspecting the vehicle, how hard did the vehicle hit the curb? If it hit it pretty hard and severely bent the lower control arm, I would suspect that you have some frame damage.

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