Speed Tech Pro Touring LCA Install Problem
I’m in the process of trying to install these tubular lower control arms, but they don’t fit. The instructions say to spread the pockets to get the bushings to fit, that over the years when the bushings have been replaced that the use of impacts or air ratchets have squeezed the pockets too narrow.
That is not the case with this car. I am basically the second owner of this unmolested original and have been the one who has replaced any parts or removed large components over the years. The original LCA bushings and other front end components were replaced in the late 80s.
This go around, the stock LCAs just slipped right out without any issue, but these new ones will not slide in like they should. I called and talked to one of their tech guys who said that I just need to spread the bushing pockets like the instructions state.
Here’s the problem; the rear pocket is formed by a boxed portion of the subframe and a rear tab, the front pocket is formed by two tabs. The pockets are already wide enough for either of the bushings to slip into, but the spacing between the front and rear bushings is too narrow by 3/16”. So to get the clearance, the rear tab of the front pocket will have to be bent or spread at least a 1/4 inch toward the rear.
Have any of you run into this same problem and had to bend the tabs that far?? Just seems like something is wrong here.
Last edited by racinrod67; Mar 18th, 19 at 08:04 PM.