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This is a discussion on umi lower A arms within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I finished my front suspension (K member, upper/lower A arms) but when I went to put the car back on ...

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    I finished my front suspension (K member, upper/lower A arms) but when I went to put the car back on the ground I noticed that the front is lower than it was before which is not a good thing because I have sportline springs which give it that slammed look already. there is about a cigeratte box width of height between the k member and the ground. I can't even get the car down my driveway to get it to the alignment shop!

    I think I made a mistake, while installing the lower A arms I missed these 2 spacer looking pieces that go on the shock mount. I didn't see them until I was cleaning up. if I were to have these installed would that lift the car back up to where it was before???
    I'm calling umi tomorrow.

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    Pics of the pieces

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    Chances are, if they came with it, you need them. Did they come with directions? UMI usually has great instrucion sheets. Installed pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
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    Chances are, if they came with it, you need them. Did they come with directions? UMI usually has great instrucion sheets. Installed pics?
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    in the instructions it makes NO mention of these pieces. in the pictures that come with the instructions these pieces are not shown installed. after my mishap with the drag bar instructions I do not trust umi instructions 100% which is why I'm asking if any of you guys have installed them before.
    they are the adj. rod end A arms

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    When I installed my adj. a-arms, there were no spacers. Are you talking about the caps that go on the spherical rod ends?

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    no, they are rectangular pieces that look identical to the lower strut mount that you put 2 bolts through to attach the strut

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    That must be a new design. Mine had 1 inch high mount that was welded directly to the arm. But yes, if you install that under your strut you should pick up that thickness worth of height. If you get a chance post up some pics. I'm curious to see that setup.

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    oh great!!! mine certainly did not.
    this is bullshit. for the record now this is the second product I have bought from umi that has had bad directions. had the directions even mentioned these spacer plates, I would of dug around and found them. as it is now I'm going to have to undo everything I've just done to fix a stupid mistake that could have been avoided. I work 2 jobs 5 days a week at an average of 13 hours a day. I'm lucky if I get to work on my car at 10 at night, so this really sucks

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    You should be able to just unblot the strut at the bottome, and slide the spacer in. Use a pry bar, or a spring compressor to get the room you need. Shouldn't take more than 20 minutes or so.

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    ok thankyou alot for that suggestion! I didn't think of that. that might actualy work well since I have lowered springs

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    I got the spacer pieces in and it took about 20 mins each side just like mrkid said. the car is sitting at about the same height as it was originaly so everything is good now. umi needs to update their instructions.....

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    Extra pieces in the box is always a bad thing

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    Glad to here it all worked out.

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    Hello,

    Yes install the plates between the shock and A-arm. The plates are a new feature and some instruction sheets that were already in the system, printed and packaged got sent out. They were updated but since the spacers were new I think a few old instruction sheets got sent with them.


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