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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:23 pm

I was looking at this set:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-1977-CHEVROLET-A-BODY-ON-CAR-FULLY-ADJUSTABLE-REAR-CONTROL-TRAILING-ARMS-/281206887648?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item41793c94e0&vxp=mtr

Any opinions? Anything better for the $$? I don't necessarily need the adjustable uppers. My original to the car set are pretty rusty and the bushings are shot and I have a lot of unwanted movement.
I am running the stock sway bar and don't have plans to go with anything different.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:18 pm

http://pmtfabrication.com/product/1973-1974-1975-1976-1977-chevelle-regal-le-mans-boxed-rear-control-arms
This is what I have, a little cheaper since the uppers aren't adjustable.  They seem well built.
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:06 pm

dynchel wrote:http://pmtfabrication.com/product/1973-1974-1975-1976-1977-chevelle-regal-le-mans-boxed-rear-control-arms
This is what I have, a little cheaper since the uppers aren't adjustable.  They seem well built.

Are you happy with them? Did they make a difference in the handling?
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:14 pm

I can't honesty say they made a difference because when I replaced the arms I also put in new springs, and added a sway bar (it didn't have one at all). I also have the frame support braces. (More of a good measure addition than a actual upgrade). I have no complaints except that to use a factory sway bar it needs to be spaced down slightly, so that it will clear the rear bushing.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:15 pm

BTW the car handles good.  Only real upgrade on the front is I put a larger one inch sway bar with urethane bushings. (To replace the factory 7/8ths bar)
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:14 pm

OK, good info, thanks!
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:20 pm


Your welcome, I also have relocation brackets welded in & the bar is mounted to the top of the arms.

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Here's what the support bars look like
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:26 pm

dynchel wrote:I can't honesty say they made a difference because when I replaced the arms I also put in new springs, and added a sway bar (it didn't have one at all). I also have the frame support braces. (More of a good measure addition than a actual upgrade). I have no complaints except that to use a factory sway bar it needs to be spaced down slightly, so that it will clear the rear bushing.

Funny you say that about spacing the bar down so it doesnt hit the bushings. I was just going through my factory sway bar hardware ( bar has been out of the car since the 80's) and I have 8 washers. Four of them are round in shape and the other four are hex in shape. So I hit the service manual and it states that if you have spacers use them. And I had to or the bar would hit the bushings. But it was a little puzzling to me when I have 8 washers. But it worked out. Some coincidence.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:52 pm

That's interesting that even with all OE pieces it needed "shimmed down"
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