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Why are UCA's so expensive??

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Chief10Taco, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    Chief10Taco

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    Why are UCA's so expensive?? I mean you can get a 3" suspension lift for around $300 bucks, for AAL and spacers up front. A pair of UCA's are over $600!! What is so special to cause such amount of cash? Noob on lifts and trying to put together what I want and when I GOT TO UCA's to help alignment and stop any rubbing, I was lie WTF these are a lot. I searched and found def's but not the answer. Thanks
     
  2. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM
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    nelson18matt

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    strengthen the suspension, some upgrade the ball joint to a uni-ball, allow for proper alignement, with ext travel CO's allow for more suspension travel, small aftermarket suppot when compared to susp lifts
     
  3. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    jacob_wood

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    what he said.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    chris4x4

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    They are not a mass produce item.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    ^ like the newb (1 post huh...did it finally pass 999999...!!) said, not mass produced and your paying for the engineering as well.

    just like spindles, dont really think those are $1000 worth of manual labor, but your paying for the engineering as well.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    cuz we all pay for them $700 clip continuously
     
  7. Apr 15, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    This, this is the reason for mark up on suspension kits. Drop Bracket, UCAs, Spindles all cost so much because you are not just paying for the product and the physical materials, you are paying for the engineering and the research and development that went into to making the products. They have invested a lot of time and money into making these products and they can have a high price tag for being a good product. :thumbsup:
     
  8. Apr 15, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    Yep exzactly all the R&D put into them.
    I just bought camburs 1.25 uniball ones, and its kinda sad i could have gotten some nice new rims instead.
     
  9. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM
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    welcome to tw, you'll learn a lot here.
     
  10. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    Pm me I found a pretty good deal on them the other day
     
  11. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:48 PM
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    Just some food for thought...

    Yes, I'd agree that paying for the engineering would be the major cost. But also consider these two:

    1. Startup capital funds that paid for that engineering and manufacturing setup. These have high interest returns typically (venture capital, bonds, etc) You (the customer) get to pay for those and all that accrued interest for the risk those investors took.

    2. Product liability. People sue anyone for anything it seems. And if you make a product that could potentially be blamed for death and/or serious injury you have to save up some cash in the piggy bank for that, and also buy insurance to mitigate those risks. Yes, again you (the customer) get to pay for those costs to cover them when maybe you?? sue them some day.

    These two above mentioned realities can add some serious additional costs. Especially to low volume products where there are less customers to spread these costs. And as Chris4x4 pointed out UCAs are not mass produced like many other suspension components are.
     
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    Thanks everyone. Makes sense now. I just bought my truck and pricing lifts and the UCA was twice the price of the 3" lift. This is by far the most informative site I've been. No trolls trash talking. The only prob is now my Wife hates this site and has a timer when I'm on so I know when I have to get off. haha
     
  14. Apr 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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    i remember when my friends had to do this for their nintendo per their parents...and we digress!! :D
     
  15. Apr 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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    Thanks, I'm not trying to buy yet. Just researching for when the time comes. I just got my truck two weeks ago so I got time. thanks though. much appreciated
     
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