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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012 Thread Starter
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Steeda UCA/Bracket issues

What a bad day. Had a cold during the weekend and I had to take sick leave for work today. Finally started feeling better this afternoon, and I decided to tackle the UCA. Bought the Steeda Adjustable Upper Arm and Heavy Duty Mount for my '11 V6. Removing the stock UCA and bracket wasn't too difficult for me. I followed the loads of instructions out there for installing a UCA from BMR, Youtube, Steeda, and various threads in this forum.

So I first decided to follow Steeda's instructions, and it contained slight errors and was lacking specifics. Several threads have mentioned it was pretty much impossible to torque down the arm-to-bracket nut, but I tried my luck and failed. I tried moving the arm into another mounting hole on the bracket, and I still couldn't torque the arm-to-bracket nut.

So then I decided to do what BMR and others have suggested, which was to torque down the nut before installing it on the vehicle. Torqued it down to "factory spec" of 129lb/ft. Having the service manual printed out, I actually couldn't find the torque value for the arm-to-bracket nut. Only the arm-to-axle or "Upper arm-to-upper arm bushing nut" had a value of 129. The upper arm bushing is in fact the axle bushing connecting to the UCA. So I torqued it down, then attempted to install it.

Now I run into a problem. For some reason the 2 rear-bracket bolts weren't lining up properly. Tried for minutes before removing it and inspecting the bracket. Apparently the bracket has warped. I loosened the nut, and the bracket seems to have returned to its shaped. However, there is a gap on one side between the bracket and sleeve+bushing. And I can't even remove the bolt. It's stuck. And I gotta say, re-installing the stock UCA was a major PITA. All that work and nothing accomplished. I think it took me more time to re-install the stock UCA than everything else.

Did I install the UCA to the bracket incorrectly? I used the two larger washer sleeves and one on each side of the bushing with large amounts of grease. I held the bolt and bracket in place and torqued the arm-to-bracket nut down to "factory spec" of 129lb/ft.

Sorry, about the lengthy post, but I just had to rant. Going to have to contact Steeda first thing tomorrow. What a nightmare. I will post pictures tomorrow of the UCA and bracket. Can't find my USB cable for the cam.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012
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I torqued the uca to the bracket with the two large washers next to the bushing on the workbench. Install went fine and holes lined up for the bracket to the chassis. Not sure what went wrong for you. Mine is a non adjustable uca maybe different reason why I had no probem.

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That really sucks… I had a few issues installing the bracket and UCA… The instructions from Steeda show the mount for the 05 through 10 not the 11+. I went through the same hell and it added some time to install just to make sure I had it correct… plus, like you I did make a phone call the next day make sure it was correct.
I did torque the arm down to the bracket before I mounted the bracket, there is not a good way to tighten the arm to the proper torque once the bracket is mounted… Hardly enough room for an open end wrench… My biggest complaint about the arm, when its fully extended to mount in the location furthest from the axel, what do you have, maybe a half inch of threads in the adjustment nut… Too scary for me…

I don't speak often but when I do, I don't have clue what I am talking about. I just repeat things that I once heard and do not repeat them correctly... My doctor told me it was an ID 10 T problem and it was incurable.
So when I reply to a post or add to a thread I just find the words elsewhere and copy and paste.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012
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I am sorry to hear about the trouble you are having. I am sending you a PM to get more info on your order, so we can get this figured out.
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