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4th Gen - Extended Upper Control Arms with Uni-ball joint

Discussion in 'Modified 2006 - 2010 Explorers' started by The Electrician, June 17, 2011.

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    1. The Electrician

      The Electrician Active Member

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      For those who suspension-lifted their Explorer, they know that this lifting will cause a high stress upon upper control arm's ball joints. and the ball joints tend to fail so often.

      Also the lift will cause negative camber at normal ride height

      To solve all these problems Brandon@BTF-fab from http://www.btf-fab.com fabricates Extended Upper Control Arms with Uni-ball joint for 4th Gen lifted Explorers, Wagon and Sport Trac for the following benefits:
      • The new upper control arms are longer to give you the adjustability so that your alignment can be set back to factory specs.
      • They are stronger than the stock arms.
      • They have polyurethane bushings for more precise handling and steering. Polyurethane bushings are much stronger and won't wear out as quickly like the stock rubber bushings.
      • They have a uniball joint instead of a regular ball joint. Much stronger, better range of motion, and won't wear out as quickly like the stock regular ball joints under heavy use.



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      The on the top is the driver side and the on on bottom is the passenger side.


      Today I've installed the extended upper control arm and they work great

      the installation was a direct procedure

      • Secure the vehicle then jack it
      • Remove the front tires
      • Remove the side bolts of the UCA
      • Remove the bolt that attached the spindal with UCA
      • Install the new UCA after lubricating uni-balls using stock bold and washer nut and don't forget putting new 2 washers for each bushing in total of 8 and repeat every thing in reverse


      Regarding Lubrication

      According to Brandon@BTF-fab from http://www.btf-fab.com

      And the Black Polythene bushings are self lubrication (they are Graphite-Impregnated) and there is no need for extra lubrication.


      only one thing when I ordered them I requested them to be extended for 1/2" which i discovered it is just fit with the UCA pushed all the way back and there are no more space for a tolerances or further adjustments

      so I recommend that the arms should be 5/16" extend to be more adjustable


      here are they with full drop down


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      here are they with the vehicle jacked down


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      For ordering PM Brandon@BTF-fab or Call: 909 702 7462 or email him jalopydriver88@yahoo.com he'll be glad to help
       
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    3. renzAy34134

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      Anyone else? I hope this is still happening. I plan on lifting again in the future. Ill be needing these badly.
       
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      it is happening soon, I'll email Brandon for updates today.

      I hope they come to reality soon
       
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      me too. After these im going to look into some rancho 1.75" maybe i could squeeze in some 34-35". But It might be too close.
       
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      anyone else? We cant be the only people looking for these elec.
       
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      What are they good for?
       
    8. The Electrician

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      if you installed spacer leveling or lift kits like truxxx for example, you will notice a stress on the ball joint in the front upper control arm.

      also the front tire will be hard for alignment and if you front the truck you will see the front tires like this / \

      this extended upper control arm with uni-ball joint will solve all problems for you
       
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      Whats the price on these??
       
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      The ones for the 3rd gens i believe were 500 or 599 shipped. Im assuming they would be around the same price. Not a bad price considering no one makes them.
       
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      I ordered a set for my Ursula they will be shipped by the end of this month. they cost $550 but not quite sure if shipped or not
       
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      wait you already ordered a pair? for 4th gens? I didnt know he was finished making them already. Where do i send my payment????
       
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      Brandon will finish making 4th -gen extended upper control arm with uni-ball by the end of this month.

      His paypal address is: jalopydriver88@yahoo.com
       
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      sweet thanks. Oh you think these would work with 4.5" suspension lift
       
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      hey electrician did you get the control arms yet?
       
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      I got mine in the mail today...maybe he'll be working on the 4th gen ones next.
       
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      yea ronin i saw the pics you posted. They look sweet as hell.
       
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      renzAy34134

      Brandon emailed me that they will be shipped by the end of this month
       
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      Brandon emailed me that they will be shipped by the end of this month
       
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      oh wrong month then...lol Though it was end of last month. NM them. I must be so excited im mentally pushing time ahead. :D
       
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      Today finally I received BTF-FAB 1/2" extended upper control arms with uni ball for 4th Gen.

      They look great, though I need to pain them first before I'll be able to Install them.

      Tomorrow I'll have them painted and installed, I'll post photos of them on Friday at most
       
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      Glad to hear that you finally got them :thumbsup: I am still considering that coilover setup but may wait to see how yours comes out.
       
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      you should also consider BTF spacers + Rancho QL
       
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      im sorry but i never understood the point of the Rancho QL. when i looked at a picture of it the shocks look like the same size as the stock ones? are they adjustable or something?
       

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