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We installed the new light racing UCA on my buddy's truck this weekend. Installation was very easy. Just follow the insturctions. No cutting bolts or bending fenders was required as someone had told us. Just swap em out and yer golden. These things are sweet and super beefy. Mine are going on as soon as the new front suspension gets here.
 

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I wanted to make mine a little more noticable so I shot them with "safety red" to match everything else on my rig. They turned out good IMO. Can't wait to get them on and post some pics.
 

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[edited for clarification]

Looks good... I like that they utilized a standard
type ball joint (longevity), and to provide more
clearance for the tire/UCA, and also the ability
to adjust camber...

The only thing I have noticed about them is that
they do not provide additional angling of the ball
joint upward a tad as the AP/TC type do, as to
add additional droop over the stock UCA's which
bind(limit downward movement) before the full
limits of the suspension... Although the LR may
provide more movement in the ball joint itself,
simular to the uniball setup, but i have not seen
or tested them as of yet...

notice the rotated joint mount on the red uca's...
 

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Those are All-Pros... But i did what toledo_fj did,
and went for the RED finish !... Looks Awesome !...
 

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I would think that a good machine shop could machine a few wedge shims that could alter the angle of the ball joint on the Light Racing UCA's. I'm sure there is a solution to be had relatively easily.
 

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We installed the new light racing UCA on my buddy's truck this weekend. Installation was very easy. Just follow the insturctions. No cutting bolts or bending fenders was required as someone had told us. Just swap em out and yer golden. These things are sweet and super beefy. Mine are going on as soon as the new front suspension gets here.
Looks good! Could you tell us a little more about the install? Like getting that long bolt out, or how long it took, or any uncommon tools needed, etc.? And how about the alignment- did you have have it re-done?

Thanks,
K
 

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^^^The bolts come out real easy, on the pass'
side you need only to pop the AC line out of the
plastic retainer clip on the inner fender skirt, and
the drivers' side, you need to loosen the two
10mm nuts holding the battery in so you can lift
up on the tray a tad to remove and insert the
bolts(long)...
 

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i like the red makes it stand out
 

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I don't quite understand the binding issue. The UCAs are specifically for lifted and long travel applications, but I don't know how they address the issues you bring up. I'll call the rep from toytec and ask for you. You do need to realign after installation, but that is true of all the UCAs and lifts.
 

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I don't know if I stated that right, but all I was
trying to say, is that at full droop with the stock
arm joint ANGLE and 3" lift, the upper ball joint
would bind before the suspension reached it's
lowest possible droop point...

Now the Lightracing ones also have no preset angle
on the arms for the joint (same as the stock arms)...
I am not saying this is BAD or WRONG, and the LR
joints might even have more movement over the
stocks' also (i have not seen them in person to test)...

I was just trying to point out for information sake'
that the AP and TC type arms have an angled joint
mount that allows for more droop, that is all... I
hope i was clearer... sorry to worry you...
 

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Looks good... I like that the utilize a standard
type ball joint, and provide more clearance...

The only thing I have noticed about them is that
they do not provide for the lift by angleing the
ball joint upward a tad so the joint won't bind...

notice the rotated joint mount on the red uca's...
The ball joint on the SPC/Light Racing UCA is larger than stock and does definitely angle more than enough for 3" lift. It does not bind at full droop.
If you have data that would indicate your statement is true please let us know.
 

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Thanks Toytec, I just e-mailed the engineer at LIGHT RACING a link to the thread so he can let me know a specific response. I know my buddy is loving his so far and has had no issues.
 

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The ball joint on the SPC/Light Racing UCA is larger than stock and does definitely angle more than enough for 3" lift. It does not bind at full droop.
If you have data that would indicate your statement is true please let us know.
Did you read my clarification just above your post ?
Sorry to ruffle your feathers, it was not my intent...
Again, my appolagies...

I have tested the stock UCA limits, as well as the
AP/TC uniball type UCA,s, and as I stated above,
I have not tested LR UCA's, but have only
commented on the comparrison of the ball joint
mounting angle... I am not knocking the LR UCA's,
just stating a fact on the visual difference...

I think the LR are a great option in fact, having a
camber adjustment built in, plus at a better price
then the Icon's, which are the only others out
there with this option...

[I also edited my top comment to be more clear]
 

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I would think that a good machine shop could machine a few wedge shims that could alter the angle of the ball joint on the Light Racing UCA's. I'm sure there is a solution to be had relatively easily.
The stud does not apear long enough for that
option, plus toytec stated above that the joints
used on the LR's provide more angle then stock...

I would like to see a picture with the arms at
full droop just for comparision... I may need
to save a few more bucks and get these and
give them a whirl...
 

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I don't quite understand the binding issue. The UCAs are specifically for lifted and long travel applications, but I don't know how they address the issues you bring up. I'll call the rep from toytec and ask for you. You do need to realign after installation, but that is true of all the UCAs and lifts.
'Bind' was a bad choice of wording, my fault, I
have yet to see any UCA bind to where they
won't turn or move, but my meaning was 'limit
downward movement'... It's not an issue, but
a difference between each UCA out there, and
the type of joint used... I hope that makes it a
a bit clearer for you...
 

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Hey Bandi,
I don't think any feathers were ruffled. Looks like he was just trying to address the issue you raised. It is all good. I can take some pics of the arms at full droop when I install them and let you take a look. I'm waiting on my ICON front coilovers. They are custom tuning the shocks for my rig and I needed a heavy coil that they had to order too. I don't know exactly when things will arrive, but I'll post as soon as possible.

Do you have any pics of the Red UCA installed on your rig? I'd love to see how they look to give me an idea of what to expect.

I took a few minutes to read about your son and visit his myspace page. I'm so very sorry for your loss. It is clear your son was a remarkable man, that he was loved by many, and that he is terribly missed. What a tragedy. I'm lucky to be alive myself, so his story really hit home. I'm in recovery , and I've lost many friends under similar circumstances. I think it is wonderful that you keep his memory alive so he can continue to touch people's lives..... even total strangers who never had to honor of meeting him.
 

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lol Stig,
I'm guessing that is a joke? They are quite beefy. I tried to weigh them on my bathroom scale, but they weren't heavy enough to get a reading. I'm guessing a couple pounds each.
 

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...Do you have any pics of the Red UCA installed on your rig? I'd love to see how they look to give me an idea of what to expect.
You can CLICK HERE for some picts, there are a few
duplicates, but you'll get the idea, RED looks Insane,
and I get tons of looks at stop lights and such, asking
what is under there...
...I took a few minutes to read about your son and visit his myspace page. I'm so very sorry for your loss. It is clear your son was a remarkable man, that he was loved by many, and that he is terribly missed. What a tragedy. I'm lucky to be alive myself, so his story really hit home. I'm in recovery , and I've lost many friends under similar circumstances. I think it is wonderful that you keep his memory alive so he can continue to touch people's lives..... even total strangers who never had to honor of meeting him.
I just spent a little time in the 'passing' thread
myself a few miniutes ago, took a little bit to
post and recover if you know what I mean, I
still have a real hard time even thinking about
it, but I do appreciate you thoughts, TY !...

 
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