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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2004, 04:43 PM
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Well... it looks like we FINALLY have it all worked out. Those of you that have already paid should have your arms in a couple of days.

The fabricator had a guy leave the company... that guy happened to be the one doing the prototyping for me. As such, we had a long delay as they found someone else good enough to pick up the project and make the corrections to the design that were needed.

I will have a couple of sets with me at ImpalaFest to look at for those of you that will be there. I don't have new pix yet of the arms, but will do that shortly... they actually look almost the same... only the bump stop and steering stop look different.

I also have the delrin bushing prototypes underway. I found a local machine shop to produce them for me and have the delrin blanks in hand. I should have prices and product ready in the next 2 weeks.

Those of you that have been waiting on this.... I REALLY appreciate your patience... it's been a long arduous journey!!!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 09:32 AM
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Any word on my "spindle extender specials?"
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 02:56 PM
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Sent you a PM Wayne.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 07:49 PM
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Rustic - What are the anticpated benefits of these tubular arms? Do y ou have pricing available yet?
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2004, 01:38 AM
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You can see pricing on my website.
Here's a list of benefits:
DOM tubing and 1/4 plate steel for strength.
Lowers allow coil-over use because of stronger mounting location.
Lowers made for use with 5/8 ball joint.
Uppers are shorter than stock, improving your camber curve.
Uppers and lowers can use all "factory" style/size bushings.
They're powder coated and they look cool
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-03-2004, 06:18 PM
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What about a weight savings?
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-03-2004, 07:12 PM
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Do these have any benfits in suspension Geometry that improve handling with lower then stock springs or whatnot?

Ya know.. Not using all those shims that like to eject when the car is dropped.

Then again I am not suspension expert so.. yeah... [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2004, 12:10 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by GM B Body:
Ya know.. Not using all those shims that like to eject when the car is dropped.
Less shims are used the lower the static height of the vehicle. You'd have more trouble with shims and the stock control arms at stock height than lowered.

If I've read the various threads correctly, these new tubular upper arms are shorter than the stock arms, which would require fewer shims at ride height.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2004, 12:17 PM
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Sorry for the slow reply... I just got back from ImpalaFest... had a GREAT time!!

Anyway... yes... the upper arms are shorter than the stock parts. So to dial in negative camber you will need fewer shims.

These arms do not offer weight savings... in fact the lowers are a couple of pounds heavier. I had to sacrifice weight savings to produce a part that I felt was strong enough to provide the benefits I wanted.
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