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This is a discussion on umi vs. founders within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; just wandering if there is a difference between the umi products and the founders products?? looking at doing suspension upgrades ...

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    umi vs. founders

    just wandering if there is a difference between the umi products and the founders products?? looking at doing suspension upgrades and noticed the founders control arms and panhard bars are alot cheaper than the umi. just wandering if the product was good.

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    Founders is kinda new and I have no experience with them.
    The Umi Double Adjustable Panhard Bar w/Roto-Joints and the LCA Re-Location Brackets that I have are top notch quality.

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    thanks. nobody here has used founders suspension parts?? it is one of the sponsors on this site, so i figured they would be pretty good.

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    I don't believe Founders is a direct sponser of the site. I think it's just a Google ad. That said, I don't have anything from them either. I do have UMI though, and am very happy with their products. Normally, you get what you pay for. Not saying Founders doesn't have quality products, but there is normally a reason things are cheaper.

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    +1 on UMI here too!!! I just got their on car adjustable PHB, LCA's and full length TA & relocate kit to go with my 2 point SFC's and TSB. Those combine with my Hotchkis springs my car rides awesome.


    Great customer service and good in prices.

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    Spohn all the way.

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    UMI -- made right here in Pennsylvania. I am of the mind that you get what you pay for. Do some research and shop around, but I am confident you will not find that they are the same quality as the UMI pieces. I currently run all UMI on our car -- lower control arms, panhard bar, subframe connectors, tunnel mount torque arm, and I have their K-member and tubular front control arms in the boxes awaiting installation.

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    i have founders LCA's and lower PHB and i have no complaints other then they are a little noisy but there good quality and have good fitment

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    I also back UMI. Great products, great customer service.

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    I have BMR LCA's, Torque Arm, sub-frame connectors and an UMI pan hard bar. I have 0 complaints about either manufacture.

    From what I gathered over the years on many forums, people usually buy UMI/BMR/Spohn products.

    One nice thing about UMI though is that they are a sponsor here so if you have any questions or problems for whatever reason, they will get resolved pretty quickly. From what I've gathered, UMI has some pretty awesome customer service, and sometimes, that only will direct more traffic to a particular business over the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WICKEDLS1 View Post
    i have founders LCA's and lower PHB and i have no complaints other then they are a little noisy but there good quality and have good fitment

    Did you buy them on-line or at a shop?

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    thanks guys, i guess ill just go with umi then. did everyone use the poly bushings that came in the umi parts or did ya'll go back with rubber?? i have another thread that is poly vs. rubber. some people talk bad about the poly.

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    Poly bushings on ours and no noise at all. The UMI bushings are all greasable and come with zerk fittings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Did you buy them on-line or at a shop?
    bought them from ebay the whole kit was around 150-160 shipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Poly bushings on ours and no noise at all. The UMI bushings are all greasable and come with zerk fittings.

    ditto

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    I have UMI lower control arms, lower control arm relocation brackets, adj panhard bar, subframe connectors, tunnel mount adj torque arm and strut tower brace. I have no complaints what so ever, quality products, very good costumer service and fast shipping.

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    I want to thank everyone for the positive comments

    Founders came into the game just a few months ago and decided to cut all our prices in half... UMI and all the other well known competitors have always kept our prices reasonable and similar. We are larger businesses that pay for advertising, site sponsoring, engineering, sales staff, trade shows and product shows. You won't find Founders at a trade show to meet them in person and discuss your suspension needs. UMI products can also be purchased at many well known speed shops and automotive distributors, this allows purchasing to be convivent for you the buyer.

    Thank you for considering our product and please let me know if I can help. You won't be disappointed in the UMI line!

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    +1 on the people at UMI being great to deal with. I spent quite a bit of time talking to Ryan just this past weekend at Fall Carlisle about the suspension setup on our car and what my next step should be in my quest for lower times at the track. Their customer service is top notch -- just like their products.

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