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Old 12-11-2009, 03:00 PM
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Im upgrading my 96 Fleetwood's suspention.
In the rear Im going with SS springs and Blistines, I cant afford the aftermarket upper and lower control arms but was thinking about just boxing the stock ones in?
Anyone do this before? what about the bushings the car has 30K miles on it so everything is like new but can I upgrade the stock arms with a stiffer bushing?
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:12 PM
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Im sorry, as I have no valuable information for you.

I do know it has been done plenty of times. I have no tips for doing it though.
I got extremely luck when buying my car, because, it had lots of extras I didnt know about till I learned something,.. The previous owner had boxed in the stock arms and it felt great (not wobbly, or weak as some mention.)
I, myself being lazy and cheap would leave the 30k bushings. Im not sure about something more firm though.

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You don't need to worry about doing anything with the uppers - leave them be.

If you're adamant about not blowing some dollars for even used aftermarket lowers, then I guess you can just weld some plate intoonto the stock ones. You want to heatsink for the bushings and be sure to sleeve the bolts for compression.

Why not just splurge on some better lowers. You're even cheaper than me!

BTW, sounds like you scored well on a 30k mile FLT there.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:07 PM
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Ha, yeah I dont know if Im cheap or if I rather mod the stock parts just because thats what Im used to doing!
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That's how I did mine.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:27 AM
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Well there wasnt that much price differance between used and new for just the basic lower control arms and by the time I boxed mine in and paid for upgraded bushings, not to mention mig wire,co2, grinding wheels, band saw blade wear, and the material.. It seemed like a real good deal to spend $145.00 with shipping for a set of new BMRs.
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