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Post by JF74chevelle on Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:30 pm

Do any of you guys run tubular controls arms in the front? If so what brand.

I'm planning for Viking double adjustbales on the front soon
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Post by 1973GS on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:14 pm

I used Detroit Speed. Seems to be high quality parts. One thing that I like about them is that they use factory style ball joints. It will make it easier to find if they ever have to be replaced. They also have a stainless steel cross shaft with grease fittings in the bushings.
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Post by JF74chevelle on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:48 pm

1973GS wrote:I used Detroit Speed. Seems to be high quality parts. One thing that I like about them is that they use  factory style ball joints. It will make it easier to find if they ever have to be replaced. They also have a stainless steel cross shaft with grease fittings in the bushings.  

All that I have found are Detroit speed or global west.
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Post by bracketchev1221 on Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:24 pm

After all these years I still haven't been able to make myself spend the money for tubular control arms up front. Honestly, I would upgrade the bushings in the stock ones and use them until it looks like you are exceeding the ability of the stock design. They are a proven piece and have shown to stand up to the weight of a heavy car.
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Post by JF74chevelle on Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:50 pm

bracketchev1221 wrote:After all these years I still haven't been able to make myself spend the money for tubular control arms up front.  Honestly, I would upgrade the bushings in the stock ones and use them until it looks like you are exceeding the ability of the stock design.  They are a proven piece and have shown to stand up to the weight of a heavy car.  

I'm not planning to get them real soon, just looking to see what other have used
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Post by 1973GS on Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:08 pm

I agree with using the factory control arms. There are a lot better places to spend your money. I used the Detroit Speed arms because I built a prostreet car and I wanted the"wow" factor when I opened the hood.
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Post by JF74chevelle on Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:02 pm

1973GS wrote:I agree with using the factory control arms. There are a lot better places to spend your money. I used the Detroit Speed arms because I built a prostreet car and I wanted the"wow" factor when I opened the hood.

Where can I get good bushings
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Post by bracketchev1221 on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:50 pm

What do you want the car to do? There are stock rubber bushings for regular driving, poly and stiffer bushings that offer cornering stability, you can get bushings that exert no resistance to up and down travel like the del a lum bushings that are almost like having roller bearings in the arms.
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Post by JF74chevelle on Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:11 pm

bracketchev1221 wrote:What do you want the car to do?  There are stock rubber bushings for regular driving, poly and stiffer bushings that offer cornering stability, you can get bushings that exert no resistance to up and down travel like the del a lum bushings that are almost like having roller bearings in the arms.  

I definitely don't want a stock ride. I want more stuff and responsive, I looked at the global west bushings for the control arms. I might just do that with off set a-arm shafts
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Post by brownbomber77 on Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:16 am

I've got a set of energy suspension bushings and bump stops if you want them. I just have to double check the part number...

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Post by Showtime73 on Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:12 pm

I have a QA1 tubular upper and lower control arms. I'll start posting more on my instrgram in a few weeks. 73_malibu_454
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Post by JF74chevelle on Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:29 pm

Showtime73 wrote:I have a QA1 tubular upper and lower control arms.  I'll start posting more on my instrgram in a few weeks.  73_malibu_454

I'll follow you, I'm JF74chevelle on Instagram
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Post by Showtime73 on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:37 pm

I'm already following, nice ride.
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Post by oldstofty on Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:00 pm

I am looking into this option as well. 70-81 F body shows to have alot more options. which is the same correct?
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Post by JF74chevelle on Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:39 pm

oldstofty wrote:I am looking into this option as well. 70-81 F body shows to have alot more options. which is the same correct?

I've heard that they are the same but I am still hesitant to buy something not specifically stated to fit our cars.
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:53 pm

JF74chevelle wrote:
oldstofty wrote:I am looking into this option as well. 70-81 F body shows to have alot more options. which is the same correct?

I've heard that they are the same but I am still hesitant to buy something not specifically stated to fit our cars.

Agreed. My worry would be that even if it only varies a little, it would totally screw up the suspension geometry.
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Post by oldstofty on Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:02 pm

I guess the best thing to do may be to try and find a set of stock 70-81 f body stuff and compare it.
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Post by brownbomber77 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:44 pm

The control arms and spindles are identical

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