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Downsides to UCAs

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by cbcs1987, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Feb 28, 2009 at 7:26 AM
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    cbcs1987

    cbcs1987 [OP] Redneck from the hills

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    Are there any downsides to having aftermarket UCA's? I may end up biting the bullet and gettin some if I decide against wheel spacers. Also are there any available for our trucks that are just plain black that dont stand out?
     
  2. Feb 28, 2009 at 7:28 AM
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    tigerfan00

    tigerfan00 BECAUSE INTERNETS!! Thor

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    they can always be painted...and only downside i know if is cost
     
  3. Feb 28, 2009 at 7:42 AM
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    Brunes abides. Thor

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    You can paint or powdercoat anything....So color is no issue.

    The cost can be a negative- but there are mechanical downsides to using spacers- So I'd drop the extra coin to get the UCAs...
     
  4. Feb 28, 2009 at 7:59 AM
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    LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    The UCAs don't negate your need for spacers since you're planning on running the 285s on stock rims. I ran 285s on stock rims and I rubbed the UCAs at full lock.

    UCAs are necessary to correct alignment issues.

    Spacers are necessary to reduce backspacing on your rims, allowing you to run wider tires.

    Two different parts for two different purposes.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    so with stock rims ill need spacers regardless?
     
  6. Feb 28, 2009 at 8:02 AM
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    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    To run the wider 285/75s, yes.
     
  7. Feb 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM
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    jdkeller How many words can be fit in this s

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    what about 285/70's?
     
  8. Feb 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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    -they squeak, whine, cry, squeal, etc.

    -you gotta keep the ball joints clean, and they are magnets for trash

    -the liners between the uni-ball and the pocket wear out, so those need replacing every couple of years or so

    -The balls themselves wear out, have to replace those, too.

    -it's really easy to over-grease them and flare a bushing...buy some extra bushings
     
  9. Feb 28, 2009 at 12:31 PM
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    jhodge83 Any dog under 50# is a cat and cats are useless... Thor

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    wat?
    the 285 is the width of the tire....285/70's will be shorter, but the same width issues

    also, allpro makes black UCA's.
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    u can see mine at the top of the pic
     
  10. Feb 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM
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    jdkeller How many words can be fit in this s

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    damn and this whole time i thought the first number was the height. Thanks
     
  11. Feb 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    You must be talking about Camburgs and others. My Total Chaos UCA's are still nice and quiet, and I have had concrete on the uniball, had them submerged in water for long periods. The Uniball is still nice and tight after 2+ years, and Im on the original bushings. :D Dont know of anyone who has had the issues you list with Total Chaos.
     
  12. Feb 28, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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    jhodge83 Any dog under 50# is a cat and cats are useless... Thor

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    wat?
    i had the squeak whe my CO's were at 2 1/4".....but since i've lifted them to 3 1/4" i havent had a squeak yet...
     
  13. Feb 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Did you ever use that Dry Lube?
     
  14. Feb 28, 2009 at 3:24 PM
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    jhodge83 Any dog under 50# is a cat and cats are useless... Thor

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    wat?
    nope...cant find any. one guy said he was out, but any auto parts store should carry it....i looked at him and said, "well apparently u dont"
     
  15. Feb 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    LMAO!!! Let me know if you ever find some. If you cant, I'll just send ya some.
     
  16. Feb 28, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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    Whats dry lube and where do you use it? On the uni-ball?
     
  17. Feb 28, 2009 at 3:42 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    If the Uniball ever squeaks, you can spray some Tri Flow, or any other Tefflon based Dry lube on them, and they will stop squeaking. Never needed it on my TC's.
     
  18. Feb 28, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    cbcs1987 [OP] Redneck from the hills

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    that sounds like a whole lot to deal with! almost sounds like your buying trouble lol.

    I'm not taking my truck on any serious off roading. its more of a tool used for huntin fishin etc... i have to drive on the interstate a lot.

    Any opinions on these: http://toyteclifts.com/index.php?pa...ategory_id=64&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=53

    Would I be fine with this set up. I really want a good ride for when im interstate ridin:
    Toytec 885 lift w/ aal
    stock shocks.
    285 75 nitto tg
    ucas mentioned above
    spidertrack wheel spacers
     
  19. Feb 28, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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    cbcs1987 [OP] Redneck from the hills

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    and i apoligize for all the newbie questions. its just when times are tough as they are now, and its your money you just gotta hear it for yourself what the result will be like
     
  20. Feb 28, 2009 at 4:52 PM
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    I wouldn't run the stock shocks with the 885's. I would opt for the OME shocks or some 5100's.
     
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