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SPC UCA issues?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by steveo27, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Jan 9, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    steveo27

    steveo27 [OP] Ask me about my weiner

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    I have set of SPC upper control arms on my truck. It’s currently getting inspected and I just got a call that it needs an upper ball joint and one control arm bushing......


    AGAIN.



    I’ve had these on my truck for about 4 or 5 years now and I’m oing on the 3rd set of ball joints in this time frame.

    I bushings are the updated Spec ones. I upgraded the ball joints to the greasable one the last time I replaced them.

    This last set lasted less than 25k miles.


    Anyone else having this issues with the “updated” parts?
     
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  2. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:05 PM
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    MolonLabeTaco

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    I have ~22K miles on their newest style and they still look brand new. Either they’re full of shit or you’re doing/not doing something to cause premature failure.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:43 PM
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    Musubi3

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    I purchased a pair of SPC UCA last March (2018) and my bushings and ball joint went bad on the passenger side. It wasn't even a year and maybe had 5K miles on it. I resolved it through SPC's warranty, but I've since sold it and picked up Total Chaos arms. I would've kept the SPC's, but it seemed like they were out of the bushings. TC seems to keep their items in stock and I've been running it since December. No problems since.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2019 at 1:06 PM
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    nd4spdbh

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    I have 55k miles on my spc uca's with the previous generation of non greaseable upper ball joints. Zero issues. Packed the boots full of new grease 30k miles ago and everything was super tight then, and everything feels super tight still. My only issue is a lil squeaking from the inner bushings here n there.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2019 at 1:08 PM
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    eon_blue

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    I've had my SPC UCA's on for about 40k miles and no issues, sometimes they squeak but that's easily taken care of with some Tri Flo sprayed around the bushings.

    Do you grease them regularly? Instructions say to do it every few thousand miles if you see dirt regularly. The grease likes to come out the bottom of the boot so it's good to check them often and make sure they're well greased.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    steveo27

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    Greased the ball joints every oil change.


    Pickin the truck up after dinner and I’m gonna take a look at em
     
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  7. Jan 14, 2019 at 4:27 PM
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    steveo27

    steveo27 [OP] Ask me about my weiner

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    Turns out one of the 4 bushings was bad and that was it.

    Ball joints are still in good shape.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2019 at 4:37 PM
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    How did you get the replacement bushing (assuming you replaced it already)?
    Headstrong Offroad still showed them bring out of stock.
     
  9. Jan 14, 2019 at 5:17 PM
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    steveo27

    steveo27 [OP] Ask me about my weiner

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    The same shit everyone else has.

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