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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 14, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Global West Uppers - need Shims?

I'm finally in my build where I can re-assemble my subframe and suspension.

I'm installing GW ucas with stock lowers, delalum up/lower , Koni Classics and 2" lowering springs and new stock height spindles. All new moog steering replacement parts. Thanks all for the long list of part numbers.

Question: Should I leave the shims for the UCAs to the alignment shop? I saw a YouTube vid where the builder said an 1/8 shim would get it close, but he only put one on the rear cross shaft stud.

I'm wondering how to proceed. Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 14, 10:37 AM
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Re: Global West Uppers - need Shims?

As far as I know every car with fixed a-arms is going to require shimming. The amount of shimming required will be different for every car. I wouldn't want to go very far without some kind of ballpark alignment. You should be able to plumb the front wheels close to level ( 0 camber ), (with the weight of the car on them) and use string or straight edges to get the toe close to nuetral (0). I wouldn't think you'd need to worry about caster at this point. That should be good enough to get to the shop without causing much wear.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 14, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Global West Uppers - need Shims?

Thanks, I should have mentioned my car has no engine. I'm literally reassembling it from having the subframe powder coated and moving on to building my motor. So it won't be driving anywhere for awhile. Just trying to get all the parts out of boxes and onto the car.
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Re: Global West Uppers - need Shims?

I'd put two 1/8" shims in per bolt as a starter.

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Thanks, will do!
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Re: Global West Uppers - need Shims?

Pictures! First gen builds are illegal unless you send your buddies pictures.
Oh wait, I forgot this: If for any reason you don't want to run GW upper arms, here's a product that uses turnbuckles instead of shims. Mine will be installed shortly.
http://www.summitracing.com/search/b...g&autoview=SKU

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Re: Global West Uppers - need Shims?

Thanks for the link Fred, I'll look into it. Meanwhile, here's some pics from tonight. I just picked up my freshly powder coated lowers with global west delalum bushings. I mocked them up with new spindles. I can't wait for the weekend so I am put back the front end and steering!
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