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    What causes it? How can I fix it?

    I drove my car a little today in the rain and I was getting some hop in the tires when they spun starting off. I know this isn't good for the car which also means I'm not getting maximum traction. Im sure there is some kind of suspension mod I can do to fix it, im just not sure what
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    Will a UMI torque arm take care of it?

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    LCA relocation brackets, aftermarket LCA's installed in the lowest hole, and a torque arm will help. Tires also have an affect.

    LCAs are what plant the wheel against the ground. The torque arm controls rotational movement of the rear end itself.
    It's on jackstands.

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    If I were to buy one of the two of them which would give me better results?

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    Probably the relocation brackets, but then the LCA's are probably flexing too much so that's a weak point also. Are you dropped?

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    No, Its not lowered and I don't plan on lowering it at all. From what I have read on torque arms and LCA the torque are is more specifically designed to eliminate wheel hop

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    The stock LCA's, panhard bar and torque arm are all flimsy stamped steel. Upgrading any (or all of them) is going to help plant the rear of the car. I would probably start with LCA's if you are going to do it a piece at a time. Like Jon mentioned, the relocation brackets change your suspension geometry and also help put the power to the ground.

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    Getting LCA's along with the relocation brackets and Nitto 555R drag radials eliminated my wheel hop. I have mine installed in the second from the bottom hole. A lot of people install them in the bottom hole. Do whatever works best for you. The cheapest route would be to get the relocation brackets first though. They sell both bolt on and weld on I believe. Mine were welded on to my 9" rear end when I ordered it.

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    Do the LCA Relocation brackets actually lower your rear end decreasing ground clearance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ramairguy View Post
    Do the LCA Relocation brackets actually lower your rear end decreasing ground clearance?
    Yes and no. Since the rear has the tires, when you hit a bump, the tires will hit first, so you don't have to worry about ground clearance.

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    I'd also add in a set of good springs and shocks too. If both are shot they will have an effect too.

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    Does anyone have the link to the install guide to the LCA & relocation bracket. I saw a good one before with lots of pictures but now I cant seem to find it. I want to install them this Sunday just need a refresher on how its done.

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    I don't believe we have a write up on installing the brackets. Best advice is to only do one side at a time and make sure that the car cannot move while you have it up in the air -- especially once you unbolt either LCA.

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    BMR Bolt-On Relocation Brackets

    I found the website in case anyone else was looking for some pictures of the install of LCA Relocation brackets

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