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CollegeKevin 08-26-2020 02:58 PM

SPC UCA Race or Street
 
Looking to buy a set of SPC upper control arms to make it a little easier for me to do the alignment myself. I plan on trying autocross but will also be street driven (local cars and coffee meets).

My question is, should I go with the Race version (delrin bushings) thats like $40 cheaper, or the street version (rubber bushings)?

From the pictures it appears the street version will accept a stock ball joint, whereas the race looks like a 4 bolt design for the BJ.

Any info/reviews would help me out deciding.

FYI, I spoke with SPC and apparently they will be releasing a new billet version under part number 97160 in a month or so but will be priced around $1,000 for the set (including ball joint).

phantomjock 08-26-2020 03:20 PM

You say you spoke with SPC. Was that the company or Mark (Savitske)?
If the company, I suggest you give Mark a call. Make sure you have some time to talk - it might not be a quick answer. He is very knowledgeable. He can also give you some alignment hints too.

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Phone not listed on site (610-346-8154).

Get a copy of his book - How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle.

Cheers - Jim
I'd go bone jarring Delrin personally. The set I got from Mark are 3/4" shafts with thread in ball joints. Setting up to race (since 2009!)

rtj 08-26-2020 04:51 PM

Here is an old thread when I installed some. Didn’t expect a travel limited.
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I thought mine were brass bushings, I’ll have to check. Either you mention would be fine.

I installed the tall upper ball joints from howe racing later.

CollegeKevin 08-26-2020 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by rtj (Post 133843)
Here is an old thread when I installed some. Didn’t expect a travel limited.
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I thought mine were brass bushings, I’ll have to check. Either you mention would be fine.

I installed the tall upper ball joints from howe racing later.

Ive read your post numerous times over the week. Thank you for the info. How long of a limit strap did you need to use?

rtj 08-27-2020 04:07 PM

I can check, but it depends on where you mount the two brackets. Just jack the front end up to the point where you want to stop the a arm and lock down the cable. Do one side at a time by jacking one side on the frame. Make sure on full or high compression the slack cable doesn’t interfere.

rtj 08-27-2020 11:27 PM



Looks around 7” in length, by laying a tape on it.

CollegeKevin 08-28-2020 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by rtj (Post 133851)


Looks around 7” in length, by laying a tape on it.

Thanks very much. You didn't have to do all that. I was just hoping to order some straps before the arms come. Think they'll be here this weekend so I'll pull it all apart and make something work. I like the cable idea as I have that stuff at work. Maybe a free solution.

CollegeKevin 09-16-2020 01:43 AM

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Think I'm gonna have to give SPC a call. Wondering if I should use the longer ball joints. Not sure what the advantage is but at full droop the ball joint cup looks a little stressed, not that it will see full droop often.

rtj 09-18-2020 02:26 PM

The tall ball joints are sort of a geometry improvement for the old suspension. I think there is a thread on here. Let us know what they say.

phantomjock 09-19-2020 09:34 AM

I sent Mark a question via email and he got back to me the next day
Quote:

Hi Jim,

They`re not GM components, they`re Howe Racing. They`re available in .10" increments. What height would you like? FWIW we spent a lot of time testing these and the +.50" you already have worked out best on all of our test cars.
Not the bolt-in type you have but the screw in (rebuildable).

Great service from him.

Cheers - JIm


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