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Got the rest of my suspension pieces

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    Got the rest of my suspension pieces

    I'm so happy

    I decided to make all of my suspension pieces the same, save a few choice pieces.







    Pictured here is:
    - Spohn K-Member
    - UMI Adjustable Upper and Lower A-Arms
    - UMI 32mm Solid Front Sway Bar
    - UMI 3-Point Subframe Connectors
    - UMI Adjustable Rear Control Arms w/ off-set bushings for wider wheels
    - UMI Adjustable Panhard Rod
    - UMI Panhard Relocation Bar

    I already have the following on Nymphadora:
    - Spohn Solid Motor Mounts (hence the Spohn K-Member)
    - BMR 2-Point Subframe Connectors
    - Spohn Body Mounted Adjustable Torque Arm w/ DS Loop
    - BMR Adjustable Rear Control Arms
    - Edelbrock Adjustable Panhard Rod
    - BMR 32mm Solid Rear Sway Bar

    I'm replacing the Rear Control Arms and Panhard Rod because I want the QA1 Rod Ends and I also want all of the parts to be UMI, except for the K-Member/Motor Mounts, because UMI doesn't make Solid Mounts or a K-Member to attach them to. The Torque Arm will be replaced down the road, because UMI JUST came out with a clone of Spohn's that I like.

    I can't wait to go flying around a corner and have the car stick like it's on rails.
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    Your 32mm rear swaybar is good for drag racing at the track, but way to big for good handling, I wouldn't go any bigger than a 25mm rear bar, you'll want a bar in the 22-25mm range.

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    Very nice! Care to test fit all the front end stuff on my car first?

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    you did what I did! buy everything at one time. congrats on going with adj. upper control arms... not too many people take that route I think, myself included

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue28 View Post
    Your 32mm rear swaybar is good for drag racing at the track, but way to big for good handling, I wouldn't go any bigger than a 25mm rear bar, you'll want a bar in the 22-25mm range.
    Yeah, I do mostly straight line racing, but I'm not going to change out rear sway bars for the track and the street (impossible for me now, cause my end links are welded on). The larger one actually doesn't do too bad on the corners anyway, but yes you are correct, a smaller one would be better for the street.

    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Very nice! Care to test fit all the front end stuff on my car first?


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    Quote Originally Posted by xmarkx View Post
    you did what I did! buy everything at one time. congrats on going with adj. upper control arms... not too many people take that route I think, myself included
    I'm curious how they're going to work out.

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    I did pretty much all the same mods to my suspension that your going to do except I did non adj upper control arms, I used poly mm and I used a umi drag bar on the back. the car handles super tight! the body doesn't flex at all but if I take a turn really sharp and fast the TCS kicks on for some reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmarkx View Post
    I did pretty much all the same mods to my suspension that your going to do except I did non adj upper control arms, I used poly mm and I used a umi drag bar on the back. the car handles super tight! the body doesn't flex at all but if I take a turn really sharp and fast the TCS kicks on for some reason
    hehe...my TCS and ABS went bye bye when I installed my Moser 9".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    hehe...my TCS and ABS went bye bye when I installed my Moser 9".
    haha no worries then. if you use any directions to help you with the K member install use bmr instructions they have on their site. I have a umi k, but when I compared umi's directions with bmr it was a no brainer. umi install says to unhook brake lines and such. bmr install is pretty much like: drop the rack, undo lower arms, take out mm bolts, take out 6 k member bolts and your done. the hard part is getting the new k in by yourself. I laid on my back under the car with the k on top of myself and pushed one side up with my knees and held the other side up with my hands....

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    Daaaaaaaaamn!! That's gonna look good and handle even better!

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    What shocks?

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    umi's k member is better for all around driver and strip. that spohn k member looks a little scary/weak for driving duty..especially corners etc

    i dont quite get your angle on the solid motor mounts...the weight saving for the spohn mounts is mostly in the pedestal location..not the clam.. so you wont be saving much weight with the solids and spohn over the umi unit with the stock clam...however...looks good ..im jealous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue28 View Post
    Your 32mm rear swaybar is good for drag racing at the track, but way to big for good handling, I wouldn't go any bigger than a 25mm rear bar, you'll want a bar in the 22-25mm range.
    have you seen strano's adj. swaybar ?? that is my new sway bar when i make the decision to buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    What shocks?
    KYB AGXs...they've been good to me so far since they're not daily driven. I'll end up replacing them down the road with KONI 4/4s when they start wearing out.

    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    umi's k member is better for all around driver and strip. that spohn k member looks a little scary/weak for driving duty..especially corners etc

    i dont quite get your angle on the solid motor mounts...the weight saving for the spohn mounts is mostly in the pedestal location..not the clam.. so you wont be saving much weight with the solids and spohn over the umi unit with the stock clam...however...looks good ..im jealous
    I got them because I wanted to eliminate the loss of hp/tq through the rubber motor mounts. I noticed no drivability difference between the stock mounts and the solids.

    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    have you seen strano's adj. swaybar ?? that is my new sway bar when i make the decision to buy
    I might have bought that if it had been available a year and a half ago. Like I said, my Drag Sway bar has mild street manners when it comes to corners.

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    Looks good!

    If you need any help during the installation give us a call

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    umi's k member is better for all around driver and strip. that spohn k member looks a little scary/weak for driving duty..especially corners etc

    i dont quite get your angle on the solid motor mounts...the weight saving for the spohn mounts is mostly in the pedestal location..not the clam.. so you wont be saving much weight with the solids and spohn over the umi unit with the stock clam...however...looks good ..im jealous
    my umi k is bad ass stout and fit like a glove!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    have you seen strano's adj. swaybar ?? that is my new sway bar when i make the decision to buy
    Yeah it's a nice piece, Strano didn't have the hollow adjustable rear bar when I was looking for an adjustable rear bar , so I got the Hotchkis hollow adj. rear bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmarkx View Post
    my umi k is bad ass stout and fit like a glove!!
    Good to hear

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    im so jealous lol im working my way up tot he front of my car lol a im a torque arm away form getting there lol

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