The SR performance rear control arms felt cheap as hell when I opened the box. The metal was so chincy. That coupled with the horror stories I read on reviews on AMs site....i called AM and they took them back with no penalties. Ended up going bbk but there are other brands. Big difference in construction, welds, and metal used. Also were 200 bucks more too. SR performance control arms had Chinese writing all over the box too which I didn't like. Ymmv though. For shits and giggles, and since I had them lying around already, I replaced the quad shocks. I figured why not. They are Gabriel brand that were like 10 or 15 bucks a pop off rock auto I bought 8 months ago and didn't put on. I figured it wouldn't hurt anything.
Good luck and keep us updated!
I was having buyers remorse as soon as I ordered them last night. I'm glad you mentioned this about the rear control arms. I'm going to cancel my AM order and go with the LMR SVE brand. All good reviews and actually a bit cheaper. I know they aren't the best, but I figured at 95 bucks, I'll give them a try.
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We are actually doing a very similar build (i'm just one thread over.) You have a solid list, and aside from a few non-consequential brand differences on springs and shocks/struts, my build only differs in the following ways:
- No bumpsteer kit (only needed if you're lowering more than 2", and it's a pain to configure correctly from my understanding)
- Went with non-adjustable shocks, but that was just b I will likely never adjust the shocks/struts after I install them, so I figured I'd save a few bucks.
- I opted for UPR rear control control arms in stead of SR. TheOdesta used to have the SR brand and actually sent them back because he didn't like them.
- Kicked the K-member can down the road. I'll probably install it later, but dollar for dollar, I didn't think it was worth it at the moment.
- OEM FRPP mounts instead of Prothane. They may not be as "solid", but they are apparently better for keeping the ride smooth thanks to the rubber bushings.
In the end, it mostly comes down to preference and your specific goals. Good luck to ya. Sub'd to your thread to watch the results!
Bumpsteer might be a little overkill for me (okay, maybe a lot of this stuff is a little overkill for me) but I know that if I don't order it now, I'm less likely to order it later. If it becomes a pain, I can always send it back.
The K member was mainly for weight. Since I have full interior, subs and all, I figured ~65 pounds off of the nose was a very good thing. I also was going to be replacing bushings and ball joints, so I figured I might as well do it all at once.
As for the motor mounts, I'll probably get more NVH than stock, but mine were in terrible shape anyway, so the way i see it, It'll probably still be an inprovement from what I already have and a little more NVH won't kill me. I have a nice, quiet, daily driver and sometimes you miss the raw feeling of loud, obnoxious car
I thought I would go ahead and mention pricing, the following was ordered from my tuner so I don't have itemized pricing. I told him I want to go down curvy roads and enjoy it instead of cursing the whole way. I don't track/drag race the car (okay there was one time) so he knows what I wanted. This is what he ordered me and the total cost was right at 2,000
UPR Mild Steel K-Member with A-Arms
QA1 HS603S Adjustable Front Struts
QA1 DS509 Adjustable Rear Shocks
QA1 12HT110 Front Springs
Viking 12DP200 Rear Springs
UPR Bumpsteer Kit
UPR Caster Camber Plates