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Old 06-19-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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I ordered the steeda non adjustable UCAs. They haven't arrived yet but I'm researching how to install them with no luck. I'm sure they will come with instructions but I can't find any videos except one on youtube that doesn't explain it very well.

So I just went outside and crawled under the car to get an idea of where they are and wtf? I only see ONE centered above the axle. What am I missing here?

If anyone could please explain or share a link with pictures or more info it will be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Ok before you laugh I just realized there is only one arm? For some reason I always thought there were two because a lot of stuff I've read refers the the UCA in plural. ?

So please confirm there is one Upper Control ARM. And any additional info or advice for install is appreciated.
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Yea there is only one uca, technical term is a 3rd link if that helps you any (as opposed to a 3rd and 4th link or something goofy)

There are two lcas however (technically called lower trailing arms)
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Yea there is only one uca, technical term is a 3rd link if that helps you any (as opposed to a 3rd and 4th link or something goofy)
Yeah been doing more reading and it makes sense now. lol. I did the lowers by myself with no issues. I hope to tackle the upper this weekend. Thanks!
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Yeah been doing more reading and it makes sense now. lol. I did the lowers by myself with no issues. I hope to tackle the upper this weekend. Thanks!
It's a bit of a pain and an extra set if hands will definitely be useful
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2013fiveO,

Here's some instructions on installing a 05-10 Steeda adj UCA. It's not exactly your application, but the install process is still the same as the 11+ Mustangs. Hopefully this helps you some!

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Make sure yo have a breaker bar handy for the top bolt the 1 under your rear seat, breaking that loose will be the hardest part of the job! Don't forget to set the correct pinion angle! Between -1 to -2!
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Make sure yo have a breaker bar handy for the top bolt the 1 under your rear seat, breaking that loose will be the hardest part of the job! Don't forget to set the correct pinion angle! Between -1 to -2!
In this case, the pinion angle is defined as the angle between the axle and front drive shaft or axle and u-joint of transmission? Also, is negative defined as the axle (on DS side) pointing more downward than the transmission axis?
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In this case, the pinion angle is defined as the angle between the axle and front drive shaft or axle and u-joint of transmission? Also, is negative defined as the axle (on DS side) pointing more downward than the transmission axis?
There should be an upward slope in the DS from the differential to the transmission. The "negative" angle would be measuring a downward angle from the trans
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Your product will come with a set of instructions ... if you still need help ... let us know and we can try to troubleshoot any issues you may have.

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There should be an upward slope in the DS from the differential to the transmission. The "negative" angle would be measuring a downward angle from the trans
Thanks BG5.0. In this case, making it more negative is equivalent to expanding the UCA length. In my case with a stock non-adjustable UCA, that would be equivalent to shortening my adjustable LCA. Correct?
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Great info. Thanks to everyone who responded!
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So I installed the UCA today. Great improvement in traction. However It was a major PITA to install.

What is the correct torque spec for the big 24mm bolt under the rear seat. I saw a video that said 129 ft lbs but it was WAY harder to get off than 129 ft lbs even with a breaker bar and steel pipe.

I need to be sure it is tight enough. Thanks.
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Hello Five0

I have an email in to our technical department. I will let you know what I find out.

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So I installed the UCA today. Great improvement in traction. However It was a major PITA to install.

What is the correct torque spec for the big 24mm bolt under the rear seat. I saw a video that said 129 ft lbs but it was WAY harder to get off than 129 ft lbs even with a breaker bar and steel pipe.

I need to be sure it is tight enough. Thanks.
Same here. It was probably more like 160lb.
By the way, did you check the pinion angle (axle to rear drive shaft), to make sure it hasn't changed?
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Same here. It was probably more like 160lb.
By the way, did you check the pinion angle (axle to rear drive shaft), to make sure it hasn't changed?
I read another forum where someone said that bolt is 350 ft lbs. Not sure what to believe. No I didn't check the angle because I got the non adjustable uca. Was I supposed to check?
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So I installed the UCA today. Great improvement in traction. However It was a major PITA to install.

What is the correct torque spec for the big 24mm bolt under the rear seat. I saw a video that said 129 ft lbs but it was WAY harder to get off than 129 ft lbs even with a breaker bar and steel pipe.

I need to be sure it is tight enough. Thanks.
Factory spec is 350lb-ft with loctite. Many aftermarket parts have different tq specs for their UCA mounts/bolts, but that should be called out in the directions. If it was not, or if you re-used the stock mount/bolt then it should be 350 with fresh loctite.

Here's a link to the WSM if you have any further questions on tq specs.

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I spoke to our technical department and this is what was provided:

Torque to factory specs. I am pretty confident it is 129.

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