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UCA Comparison

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Grakyn, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Mar 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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    Grakyn

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    Hi folks,

    First off, my apologies if there is already a thread on this. Didn't see one.

    I'm relatively new to lifting. I have a 2013 DCLB TRD Sport. I'm looking at grabbing the ToyTec Ultimate lift. I'm just wondering about upper control arms. What am I looking for in a UCA? The ToyTec lift gives the option of adding Light Racing UCAs, but in cruising some builds, I see people are using Total Chaos, Icon, All Pro and a few others. Now given that I'm not opposed to spending money to get good quality, what should I be looking for?
     
  2. Mar 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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    Light Racing/SPC uses an adjustable ball joint and is quite a bit cheaper than most aftermarket UCAs. Its also sealed so there is little to no maintenance.

    Total Chaos, All Pro, and Icons tubular UCAs uses a uniball which will give more travel than a regular ball joint, but requires more maintenance and the uniball will need to be replaced when it wears out. They also can get squeaky from what I have read here on TW.
    These are also non adjustable unless you want to upgrade to the TC heim joint UCAs, or the $1300 ICON billet aluminum UCAs which also have heim joints and a dustcover on the uniball.
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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    Are you doing UCA's for better articulation or primarily for alignment ?
     
  4. Mar 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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    At the moment, I will be putting in UCAs mainly for alignment. But I might move to an LT setup down the road too.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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    Then save your money and go with the LR. You cant use the same arms for LT anyway.
     
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    The uniball will give a bit more articulation for offroad. Other than that they are more expensive, need more maintenance & less adjustable as has been stated....
     
  7. Mar 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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    x2. If you're going LT, then you'll be replacing both lower and upper control arms anyways.
     
  8. Mar 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll grab the LR UCAs for now! The ToyTec kit will mark the official start of my build :)
     
  9. Mar 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM
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    OTOH, any of those aftermarket arms, even used will sell pretty quick here on TW, for not a whole lot less than you bought it for. TC seems to be most desirable/common.
     
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    Does anyone know the differences in the 2013 stock UCA's vs prior? They seem to be a ball joint. Are you still able to gain some travel with aftermarket UCA's?
     
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