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Front Upper & Lower Control Arm Recommendations

This is a discussion on Front Upper & Lower Control Arm Recommendations within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; OK everyone, time to weigh in. I'm going to install upper and lower CA within a few weeks and need ...

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    Front Upper & Lower Control Arm Recommendations

    OK everyone, time to weigh in. I'm going to install upper and lower CA within a few weeks and need to know which manufacturer is the best. I've got a 2002 T/A that I have lowered. Any suggestions, advice, do's/don'ts, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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    Thanks. I've heard a lot of great things about UMI's quality & price. And you're right, MADE IN AMERICA, is worth some extra "brownie points". As for the A-Arms, did you install the adjustable upper CA or non-adjustable, if you don't mind me asking. Just trying to get educated before I drop the $$$ on these parts.

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    i have spohn uppers......adjustable.....next will have spohn lowers......with del sphere bushings......me likes em

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    I'm a fan of Spohn products, but for some reason their A-Arms won't work with KYB Shocks per their webpage, which I have. Not sure why??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by redracer1 View Post
    Besides my Koni shocks, Strano springs & sway bars all other mods are UMI, great quality made right here in the USA..!!
    Hello
    Thanks for suggesting UMI Performance! Like mentioned above we do offer 2 different versions of uppers and lower front A Arms. We offer both non and adjustable upper A Arms. And as far as the lowers go we offer both a street friendly version which is 2305 and a more of a race version which is 2300. And once again thanks for considering UMI Performance. When you purchase from us you not only get a great quality product that is made right here in the USA. But your getting excellent Customer Service and Tech Support. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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    If your car is lowered, you might want to consider the adjustable LCA's. With adjustables, you can recenter the wheel in the wheel well if that is currently a problem you have.

    Also, you may want to consider an adjustable PHB to recenter the rear end which also shifts to one side after lowering. It also makes the rear-end feel a lot more stable.

    I've heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone who uses UMI. I have a few of their pieces and the quality is top notch.

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    I bought adj. lower arms and non adj. upper arms from umi.

    i was considering at first going with bmr and when I was looking on their site it said something about adj. upper arms only being for drag and not suggested for street. I don't really know why that is though but it's the reason I went with non adj. uppers when I did decide to buy some.

    can someone clarify what the adj. upper arms are used for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmarkx View Post
    I bought adj. lower arms and non adj. upper arms from umi.

    i was considering at first going with bmr and when I was looking on their site it said something about adj. upper arms only being for drag and not suggested for street. I don't really know why that is though but it's the reason I went with non adj. uppers when I did decide to buy some.

    can someone clarify what the adj. upper arms are used for?
    I just purchased the same from UMI this weekend. As far as the adjustable upper A-arm, Ryan Kirkwood (owner of UMI) sent me this info:

    I don't recommend adjustable upper A-arms unless the vehicle is looking for certain caster and camber numbers such as a hardcore autocross or road race car would. The adjustable upper A-Arms also feature rod ends which will lead to additional noise and loss of ride quality. The lower A-Arms are adjustable and feature a rod end on the back end. This is done to prevent bushing bind and is a must. The adjustability allows our A-Arms to fit all aftermarket K-members and allows for additional alignment adjustment if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockojugs View Post
    I just purchased the same from UMI this weekend. As far as the adjustable upper A-arm, Ryan Kirkwood (owner of UMI) sent me this info:

    I don't recommend adjustable upper A-arms unless the vehicle is looking for certain caster and camber numbers such as a hardcore autocross or road race car would. The adjustable upper A-Arms also feature rod ends which will lead to additional noise and loss of ride quality. The lower A-Arms are adjustable and feature a rod end on the back end. This is done to prevent bushing bind and is a must. The adjustability allows our A-Arms to fit all aftermarket K-members and allows for additional alignment adjustment if needed.
    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    anything with a rod end is noisey.....nature of the beast.......i live it
    If the Control Arms now come with roto-joints they may provide a less noisy ride. I believe the uppers are also heavier than stock arms but will deff save some weight with the lower arms.

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