I think I read about every post on the Forum regarding control arms, shocks and front end rebuilds. I decided to go all out, heck I have spent so much money over the years why quit now! I telephoned Jason at Street Trends who recommended I go with the Speed Tech tubular upper & lower control arms. Accompanying the control arms we agreed on a set of Viking coil over shocks. I purchased the heavy duty Mood rebuild kit and topped it off with a Flaming River steering shaft (FR1857-22S with the top 1" DD universal and the bottom at 3/4" 30 spline) The steering shaft just arrived today so I have no photograph yet, but will. I will add a pictures of the other parts as I am getting close to taking her to RMP Motorsports for the change over. THIS is the last thing I am going to do to her, other than drive the hell out of her!
So whats the best brand in everyones expierence? Looking at Rock Auto I'm interested in Moog,Mevotech and AC Delco.
In my professional opinion and have used all 3 in the shop it really doesn't matter. They are all about the same and made to each brands specs. It just boils down to price an warranty. I believe they are all made from same company
Unless your arms are damaged/bent, a good cleaning/paint and new bushings should work wonders. Original arms made 20 years ago by GM may be better quality anyway than what new aftermarket replacements are.
As far as wear items go (BJ's, bushings, tie rods, etc) you can't go wrong with Moog or Proforged. For the rubber parts you could consider going poly and Energy Suspension are pretty good.
If you do go new arms, you may want to look at going with some 5/8" lower control arms for beefier lower ball joint. This would require the spindles to be replaced to match up to the arms. If you are doing all of this, it's something to consider. Here is more info on when Doing the changeover to the larger BJ.
'95Caprice SS conversion - Bonny Buckets - 96 Column, Shifter and Console - 3.73 Gear and Herter tune - Z/28 Cluster - Blazer OH Console - Green/Pink bushings - Chromed Impala Wheels - Eibach Springs and Bilstein Shocks - Corvette Engine Dress - the list goes on and still more to do...it never ends.
Are you racing? Got BIG HP? If not that's all overkill
HP is much more than factory and I don't race it, however, it's what I want that counts. Why do some of us have T84 headlights? I have some friends that thought I was nuts when I placed a set of NOS 61 SS emblems on the front fenders! I have 90ZR1 wheels, Ram Air hood and many other very tasteful modifications that really were not needed but wanted.
I get you if you got the cheddar go for it. Do what you want with your money it's just you said ST recommended tubular arms which is overkill and not worth the money spent on them. But like I said if you Ballin like that then who cares what anyone thinks.