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Alignment shop said adjustable UCA "piece of junk" !?

Went to a "specialist" truck shop where they do lifts and alignments to have alignment after ToyTec Boss install. I added the SPC / LR
UCAs. Told me they wouldn't do it and they wouldn't waste my time as "Those adjustable UCAs are complete junk. Biggest waste of
money you've spent." - he didn't even look at what was installed.

Any feedback on this please? Didn't want to do because difficult / other?

Where do people go to get alignments and say, here are the recommendations please align to these? Firestone suggested I go to a
"specialist", Goodyear similar.

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Re: Alignment shop said adjustable UCA "piece of junk" !?

I've had mine for about 6 months now and no complaints. I actually just regreased mine the other day. They may be referring to the earlier model SPC LR that was not greasable and some experienced ball joint failures as a result. GL with install.

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Thanks! He suggested the weight of the vehicle moves the adjuster and they are never correct. Only thing I could think of is they would be if you didn't
read the instructions and torque...
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There are plenty of members here running SPC/LR upper control arms, including myself. The first generation ball joints had issues, but as far as I can tell they've solved that issue. I'm happy with mine and Town Fair Tire did my alignment no problem. They've been run pretty hard, and no movement so far.

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Thank you for the info, appreciate it. Guess I need to find a slightly more open minded shop prepared to look first.

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Re: Alignment shop said adjustable UCA "piece of junk" !?

So he wouldn't take your money? That's odd. Most shops would take your money and not align it properly. Then you'd have to go in for a 2nd time. The guy was just probably lazy. You should probably talk to another service advisor or another shop. Sometimes talking to one guy might get you an unwanted response and the next guy you talk to, will answer correctly. At any rate, seems like some funky shops in FL. Last thread, another guy had his suspension installed incorrectly by a Jeep shop. Good luck with your search!
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No, and I should give them credit for that as per the situation you point out. I was a little taken back that no one wanted to peek at what was installed and had such a
blanket attitude to "those adjustable UCAs". From a shop that install lifts :-/

Spoke to local Toyota service manager, explained what's fitted and he said piece of cake and no problems for them to do. Off she'll go to Toyota for alignment and rotation.
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I always go to Toyota for my alignment and they're totally acquainted with my SPC UCA. That guy did you a favor!!
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I've had these SPC LR UCA for about 1 1/2 years. They have the newer specride bushings but the older balljoint without the greasable nipple. Never had a problem. Had 4 alignments at the tire shop during that time without any problems. Trick is to tell them what you want for your alignment. Several threads on here about the alignment numbers. Caster around 4, camber and toe around 0

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