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Thanks for the update.  Just got and paid my final invoice.  Looking forward to having these installed before the car hits the road in the spring.

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UPDATE...
"Well everything is done except the lasered washer rings. Hoping it will be this week. Then I'll need about a day to machine the small relief in them, then drop off to get the powdercoat. Looking like another couple weeks by the time all that happens, unfortunately.  Really wish I could ship right now but I'm at the mercy of my suppliers on this one."
 
Can't wait to see the final product.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-January-2016 at 6:01AM
Good to know.
While I'm thinking about it does anyone know the material of the original strut rids?
Safe to weld on them?
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First set test installed on the frame I'm going to restore.



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wow, those look awesome!
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Originally posted by madmaxtorino madmaxtorino wrote:

First set test installed on the frame I'm going to restore.

 
Looks AWESOME!  Can't wait to get mine and install them!  How is the articulation of the strut rod compared to stock rubber?  Any install issues?
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Mine just arrived in the mail today!  The parts look like they are excellent quality and very well made.  Can't wait for the spring to see how they feel on the car.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-February-2016 at 6:09AM
I'm disappointed to say they elected to not fulfill my order.
Eric sent me an email explaining things but I'm not happy about this situation.
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Would be interesting to see video of the suspension before and after the bushing change to see how much improvement we would see.   I wonder how much those wireless video camera are...to capture this.
 
Andy,
Any chance they would start a "wait list" to get on the next build batch?
 
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John, what they told me is on the next batch request I'll be first in line. My issue is without being a drama queen I simply expected if I put a deposit down and agreed to pay nearly $100 more I'd get my order.

I can't blame them as they are a small shop and I don't want them stuck with material special ordered in.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rockatansky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-February-2016 at 3:05PM
I'm surprised they didn't run an extra 5 or at least a couple sets,
especially for those extra $100 kinda times if not a 'just in case' situation
 
same with the upper arms, 0 available?
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Why didn't they fulfill your order Andy?
I think they are still available for new orders.  They are listed on the site, but the price is slightly higher than the group buy:
 
 
They also still list the UCAs
 
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Anyone else mounted their parts yet that can share some pics?
 
How did the kit installation go; feedback on how they perform?
 
 
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Hey John,
I got mine installed on Easter weekend.  I don't have my car on the road yet, as I still have to reinstall my steering box which I just had recalibrated with the newer style spool valve and bigger T-bar for more road feel.  I also have to get my interior back together.
 
The install is pretty straight forward.  There is two layers of steel to drill through, each about 1/8" thick, so make sure you use a good quality drill bit.  I ruined a couple of my cheaper bits trying them first.  After consulting with Eric from the Little shop, this is the install method I used. 
 
Take the larger half, the bearing cup that sits on the front of the frame, and I pressed it into the hole using a c-clamp.  I had to ream the frame holes on each side to get it to sit squarely.  Once this is pressed in, make sure it's sitting square with the frame.  Then I used a 5/16" drill bit and with the cup still clamped drill the holes, using the cup as a template.  The angle is very critical and the thick steel on the frame doesn't allow the bolts to have much movement.  Once the holes are drilled, the rest is pretty straight forward.  Install the bearing in the cup, install the bearing cup on the frame and then install the back side and the three bolts.  Then just reinstall the strut rods with the supplied machined spacers. 
 
Clearance is tight with the front valance installed to drill the holes (on a 1972) so an angle drill or one with a small head may be useful.  My only disappointment with the parts was the quality of the powder wasn't that good.  I had to touch up on of mine as the paint chipped of during the install.
 
Once I get the car back on the road, I will post on here how they perform.
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Just an update.  I finally had the time to get my car back together and get it on the road.  So far I am very impressed with the strut rod bushings.  There seems to be no added suspension harshness, and it feels like the front suspension articulates better over rough roads.  It made the front end feel tighter overall.  Our spring roads here are really rutted, broken up and and bad, so I drove it pretty aggressively through the rough stuff and it seems to work really well at keeping the front suspension moving properly without and hopping or skipping.
 
So far very impressed and it was a worthwhile upgrade.
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Thanks for the update.   Any pics?   I still havent been able to do mine yet.  I've been fixing so many other things.  Latest was fixing the wipers, they wouldn't park when turned off.  
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I have some pics after they were installed, but not pics of the installation (there's not much too it).  If you want to see the installed pics, give me a day or two to get them on my computer.
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Here are some pics (mind the old undercoating and red overspray, I haven't detailed the frame):
 
 
 
 
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Looks great...can't wait to start on my front suspension.
Is there a way to grease the bearing?   I'm wondering if it should get greased up before assembly.   I haven't even started laying the parts out to check.   Heim joints are good for track duty but for street they don't keep the dust/dirt out which shortens their lifetime a lot.
 
 
 
 
 
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I used no grease.  This is what Eric from the Little Shop said:

" The bearings are PTFE lined (Teflon) and need no greasing during their lifetime. That material also works as a wiper to keep grit from getting inside the bearing. This exact part is regularly used on offroad trucks in various places without any additional sealing. It's safe to say they'll last for many, many thousands of miles on a street car. "
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Thanks....I wasn't sure regarding the reliability of the bearing with regards to dirt (street use).  The grease with a dust cover keeps those OEM ball joints safe and last longer than the typical heim joint.   I was wondering if that applied to these bearings in the kit.   I know I asked littleshop...but its good to double sanity check.


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