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Build my own UCA's

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by BlackHillsTacoma, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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    BlackHillsTacoma

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    Hey just wondering if anyone thinks about building their own upper control arms as much as I do. Especially everytime they're reminded of the insane price for a pair from Icon, TC, etc.. Anyways, just hit me up with some feedback I guess. Think something like this could be done without getting into really complex bullshit? Nothing's to hard to try , right? 1.25 OD .120 wall steel tubing, uniball joint. Have all the tools, just a matter of doing it.
     
  2. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    I will leave it to the professionals. :D
     
  3. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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    BlackHillsTacoma

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    Haha! Built not bought my man! It's my code!
     
  4. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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    Rear leaf spring tsb 5000 miles, w ac fan 26k miles, windshield creaking 28k miles- not warranty. Bad upper idler pulleys 32k miles- not warranty, Toyota Quality!
    If you have the engineering know how, go for it.
     
  5. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    Well I've built baskets, lightbars, bumpers, rocksliders. This is just a different game though. I think I ought to give it a go.
     
  6. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    Rear leaf spring tsb 5000 miles, w ac fan 26k miles, windshield creaking 28k miles- not warranty. Bad upper idler pulleys 32k miles- not warranty, Toyota Quality!
    Very different. You mess it up and it can fail causing a horrific accident. They have to be perfect otherwise the reason of having them (alighnment) will be for not.
     
  7. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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    Lol I'm not gonna go romp on a prototype. It won't be dangerous at all. Im pretty sure worst case scenario is my alignments off so I try again..
     
  8. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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    if you are confident with your welding i say go for it.
    here are the ones i build for my truck.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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    NICE! Badass jig setup! You use the stock UCA's to get it set up?
     
  10. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM
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    Lol take a lap. Built a lot more complex shit. Just looking for feedback from people with the same skillset.
     
  11. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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    you could, but i cheated and uses another one to make my jig. lol
     
  12. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    Lol! I wanna get my hands on some to copy so bad!!!!!!! No one around here has any. Well I know one guy that has some TC ones for his 1st gen. Not really the sort of dude that would allow me to borrow them though. He paid to have them installed.... Yikes.... Lol
     
  13. Dec 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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    Add about $75 / arm for the 1.0" uniball and high-misalignment spacers. Also gotta source the urethane bushings.
     
  14. Dec 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM
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    yea and figure 20 for each uniball cup, 30 for each uniball (cheap ones) 5 bucks per bushing (8 total) uniball slug adapter 20each, misalignment spacers 30 bucks and sure i am missing stuff. when all said and done you arnt saving all that much :D
     
  15. Dec 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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    It gets more spendy if you wish to send the arms out for powdercoating. :)
     
  16. Dec 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    I'll just undercoat them myself so that shouldn't be an issue. I've got a buddy that builds like 120,000 dollar rock crawlers with like LS1 motors in them and he sells uniballs and all that good shit at his shop. Said he would give them to me for whatever he pays for them. Either way I'd rather buckle down and be able to say I built those.
     
  17. Dec 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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    You don't still have that jig do you?
     
  18. Dec 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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    i do but i have to build another set of arms for a friend first.
     
  19. Dec 11, 2012 at 5:31 AM
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    I'd pay you for it when your done? Or even send it back if you wanted.
     
  20. Dec 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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    nice! what grade of steel did you use? carbon steel or low alloy?
     
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