For anyone who's followed some of my modifications, you may know that I already upgraded most of the suspension. PHB, Upper 3rd, springs, shocks/struts etc.. Most people said that the upper control arm and lowering was enough to cure the wheel hop. It did get rid of most of it for me, but not all. After my initial round of suspension mods, I had some clunking from the rear. I was fairly certain it was the UCA, as it sounded like it was coming from underneath the back seat, and only seems to happen when you generate some torque lash. Additionally, since installing the upgrades, it really felt as though the drive line was a bit sloppier than stock.
Fast forward to today: Steeda Billet LCA's. This was more of an impulse Christmas buy. I knew they had to be better than stock, and well, they're shiny!! Did the install on the lift. What I had heard was a pain, the e-brake cables, was actually quite easy. Even getting them back on was easy. Getting the control arm bolts out is a royal pain in the ass. Especially the chassis bolt. I did not have a break bar, and as Steeda says to do this install with the suspension fully loaded, the 'ole ratchet didn't have much clearance between the bolt and the lift lol. I managed to use a 15lb pipe wrench as a hammer, and was finally successful in loosening the damn thing up. Greasing up the bushings is easy and fun. Until you try the balancing act of installing the arm itself while holding the steel washer on the outside, trying not to touch the greasy parts (which for the record, is IMPOSSIBLE), thus smearing up your shiny new LCA. All in all, a very straight forward installation!
The result? Holy crap. Not only is the wheel hop gone, but so is my clunk! And to top it off, the drive train feels far tighter than it did the day I drove it off the lot. It even feels like it shifts better! I'm truly shocked at how much of a difference this made. The drive train slop is entirely gone. Maybe the stock LCA's became the weak link after the initial round of upgrades? Too much of a novice to say either way. All I know is, I highly recommend getting rid of those stock control arms!
Pics or it didn't happen:
Steeda Billet LCA (after a rainy test drive):