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Old 03-19-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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whats the best control arms?

whats the best control arms out? i doubt ill be buying any soon but im just wondering for future reference i dont care how stiff the ride is as long as my tires stick good so i can take off like a bat outa hell
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I bought the UMI lift bars.I was told they are the best.I have had them for a while but I haven't installed them yet.they do require a little welding.but they are very well priced.someone just recently installed them on there car.read through this thread. UMI upper and Lowers
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I agree with dream umi lift bars. They are beast. And look good they come in different colors and well put tires down to ground.
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UMI Lift Bars +3.

They work and you can feel the difference.
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now you said i have to weld them tho

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or my bad that thread he posted said that but is welding required
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lift bars for drag racing but for daily driving they can suck and be dangerous.

maximum motorsports or another good suspension company will be good, I just like MM's as they have spherical bushings to help prevent bind vs poly bushings.
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lift bars for drag racing but for daily driving they can suck and be dangerous.

maximum motorsports or another good suspension company will be good, I just like MM's as they have spherical bushings to help prevent bind vs poly bushings.
i was looking at maximum motorsports for lower and either steeda or j&m for upper or just get the both QA1 or bbk or lakewood from americanmuscle Whats the best out of all of them?
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lift bars for drag racing but for daily driving they can suck and be dangerous.

maximum motorsports or another good suspension company will be good, I just like MM's as they have spherical bushings to help prevent bind vs poly bushings.
They may work best for drag racing, but they also serve well in any venue where increased traction is desired.
I've been running mine (Southside Lift Bars) for over ten years, mainly on the street and I've never found them to suck or be dangerous.


I do agree that MM is a great suspension company. I wish I could afford one of their complete kits. Then I'd be -


I am curious as to why you think they suck and are dangerous?
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Same here I want to know why they suck and are dangerous for street use since I just put them on my street car
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i was looking at maximum motorsports for lower and either steeda or j&m for upper or just get the both QA1 or bbk or lakewood from americanmuscle Whats the best out of all of them?
First you need to decide exactly what you want to do with your car?
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First you need to decide exactly what you want to do with your car?
its gonna kinda be a daily driver i wont be using it all the time but almost everyday if thats what ur asking
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Just remember,whatever brand you choose don't go with an off brand to save a buck.you don't want them to fall apart on you while your driving.
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its gonna kinda be a daily driver i wont be using it all the time but almost everyday if thats what ur asking
Yes that's what I wanted to know.
I'd recommend different arms for different types of usage.


In your case I would probably go with the Maximum Motorsports arms as they build some of the best and most durable suspension parts. I believe they will provide you with years of trouble free use.
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Just remember,whatever brand you choose don't go with an off brand to save a buck.you don't want them to fall apart on you while your driving.
is lakewood a decent brand bc i was looking at traction bars from them too
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is lakewood a decent brand bc i was looking at traction bars from them too
Yes they are and they have been in business for many years.


My very first Mustang traction bars eons and eons ago were Lakewood "slapper" bars.
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does lakewood make lower control arms? bc im on a few sights and i only found upper and traction bars

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never mind summit has em
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They may work best for drag racing, but they also serve well in any venue where increased traction is desired.
I've been running mine (Southside Lift Bars) for over ten years, mainly on the street and I've never found them to suck or be dangerous.


I do agree that MM is a great suspension company. I wish I could afford one of their complete kits. Then I'd be -


I am curious as to why you think they suck and are dangerous?
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I had SSM lift bars on my 01 V6, great for traction just bad for cornering. Overall they worked good though.


Uppers can cause bind, I would run OEM uppers or the heavy duty ford racing uppers (rubber bushings but stiffer). Can also box in your OEM uppers~
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I had SSM lift bars on my 01 V6, great for traction just bad for cornering. Overall they worked good though.


Uppers can cause bind, I would run OEM uppers or the heavy duty ford racing uppers (rubber bushings but stiffer). Can also box in your OEM uppers~
Hmmm, I wonder if you had some other issue happening there?


Mine work great for cornering, especially when applying power coming out of the corner.
The "solid" bushings in the lift bars actually help keep the rearend centered better so it doesn't "crawfish" out to the side as bad and cause some rear steer.


They are noisier and harder on your torque boxes, but some sacrifice is worth the gains IMO.


My uppers will be adjustable with . . . with . . darn I forgot the name of them.


It's a big spherical bearing that takes the place of the rubber bushing in the upper control arm mount on the rearend. The body side of the uppers will be a large rod end centered in the mount.
It frees up the suspension and relieves the binding caused by the different arcs of the upper and lower control arms.
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