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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old Nov 19th, 09, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Summit racing control arms

Anyone have any thoughts on these control arms from Summit Racing?

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-770200/

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Re: Summit racing control arms

If you want cheap, these are the ones on Ebay for $389 for the whole set!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Camar...item4cebc13753

They did have failure of the upper A arm offset inserts however.
The Summit arms look even cheaper made than the above arms, but cost more.

There is no way to tell the quality of these arms, their only real advantage is, they are cheap. If you are building a car to be run hard at high speeds, then I'd stick with a US manufacturer, it's worth it in piece of mind.
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Re: Summit racing control arms

Thanks!

I saw the post about the e-bay arms. The broken insert thing is scaring me off. I'm not sure if the "upgraded" inserts have the same problem.

I saw these arms on the Summit site, and I didn't know if they were worth anything.

Would I be better off saving the pesos up and getting the Global West arms over the e-bay arms?

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If you want cheap, these are the ones on Ebay for $389 for the whole set!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Camar...item4cebc13753

They did have failure of the upper A arm offset inserts however.
The Summit arms look even cheaper made than the above arms, but cost more.

There is no way to tell the quality of these arms, their only real advantage is, they are cheap. If you are building a car to be run hard at high speeds, then I'd stick with a US manufacturer, it's worth it in piece of mind.
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I'm also in the market for these and am stunned at the price for the really good stuff.


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Re: Summit racing control arms

I'm stunned too. I have been waiting for the price to go down for a long time and I can't believe it hasn't and that people are still paying that much for them.
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post #6 of 38 (permalink) Old Nov 20th, 09, 12:45 PM
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Re: Summit racing control arms

Speedtech upper and lower arms are WAY better quality then either of those, Tig Welded .125 wall DOM tubing, Stainless cross shafts, Delrin bushings, worlds apart and only $1000 a set through us.

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Re: Summit racing control arms

You can also get used arms. For example, I bought used Global West uppers at a nice price.

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only $1000 a set
That's why I'm looking into other arms. I'm sure the Speed Tech's are great, but they are expensive. Same with Hotchkis and DSE. GW's are the cheapest deal going right now other than the e-bay arms, and the e-bay arms have had some issues.

No offense, just beyond my means.

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I dont have these because I want my suspension stock but after researching if you actually want some benefit besides just "bling" these are the ones to get and you only need the uppers w the tall ball joints.

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Re: Summit racing control arms

The no name arms are difficult to rate, quality and MFR are unknown, or hard to find. To be sure, they do not look as durable or reliable as the "known" mfr's. The Summit lowers look weaker than the Ebay arms!

It's very difficult to predict if you will have buyers remorse if you got the ebay arms, driving your car down the road thinking "I wonder if these arms are going to snap". Some guys would never worry, others would be afraid to drive or ride in the car. There's a certain amount of satisfaction or pride in having a "brand name" part on the car.

I have some Speed Tech first gen arms and they are great.
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Re: Summit racing control arms

IMO the cheap arms are not worth the money. They probably do not have the engineering behind them to make even the cheaper price worth the expense. I am not an engineer and have not checked them all out but that is my $.02. If you are after better handling and want to stay stock looking and keep costs down you might check into the G-mod. Check Dave's website in the link above. Lots of good info, this I can attest to personally.

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I dont have these because I want my suspension stock but after researching if you actually want some benefit besides just "bling" these are the ones to get and you only need the uppers w the tall ball joints.

Not exactly, yes you can acheive good results with a upper arm and tall ball joint. But that is not the only way. And for me, not the prefered way either.

With a quality aftermarket upper with built in added caster, and a drill bit, you can do a Gulstrand mod to achieve the same thing.
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Re: Summit racing control arms

How about Auto Fab.
http://autofabcart.net/tubularcontrolarm.aspx

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Re: Summit racing control arms

Amazing how one can judge the quality just from a small picture.
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