Upper Control Arm Torture Test

Suspension, Steering and Chassis

  1. Badart

    Badart Senior Member

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    I did this tonight to prove a point about the strength of these upper control arms. A couple of people on here in the past have questioned the strength of my welds. I wanted to press these in a way that it would test all of the welds. Pressing it from the side would only bend the tubes.

    The press initially got up to almost 15 tons before it started to collapse the tube like it should. Not one broken weld. Look how it bent that channel with the bolts running in the tubes welded to the edges.

    I guess that I have a new paper weight for my desk. Rant over, carry on.
     

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    inkjunkie Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you should list it on EBay as "Modern Art"?
     
  3. mopardude318

    mopardude318 Well-Known Member

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    wow. thats badass. your work has always been awesome john. ive not once questioned it. :)
     
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    Bulldozer Well-Known Member

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    that should put everybodys doubt to rest right there
     
  5. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    Dang.... Just Dang! You need a picture of that on your selling ads. I like the gussett being there.
     
  6. TXDart

    TXDart FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Dang !!!
    Send me a set of control arms and I will test them 1/4 a mile at time for ya !!!
    (You know an outsiders opinion...)
    Lol,
    Martin
     
  7. dustya_383

    dustya_383 MopAr YuNg GUN

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    Nice I havent seen that test anywhere else before glad Im getting aw super strong reliable product from you John .
     
  8. 70aarcuda

    70aarcuda Master Hoader of SBM FABO Gold Member

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    some people on here have x ray eyes...got their glasses from the back of comic books..
     
  9. godfatherofchry

    godfatherofchry Legandary Member Legendary Member

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    DAM I haven't see anyone else do this to theres.good test you should show this with your advertising....you have a good product there John you will go far with it.........Artie
     
  10. Demon416

    Demon416 A-Body

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    I'd say those welds are solid!
     
  11. Purple Haze

    Purple Haze Well-Known Member

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    Just what I expected, nothing less.
     
  12. Badart

    Badart Senior Member

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    I had a set of those when I was a kid and they don't work for shit. LOL
     
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    Badart Senior Member

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    Thanks everyone for the support. I have learned one thing a long time ago while beating on off road rigs. Gussets make the difference.
     
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    Are those photos rigged?......(JOKING !).....How ever if you had of supported the chanel or used a solid piece to attach the arm to I would bet it would have gone more than 15 ton before it started to bend.
     
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    YoungBlood Jolt the Squares

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    From what I can see in the background, I love your shop... And wouldn't hesitate to run your parts on my car.
     
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    nwdart Well-Known Member

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    very impressive,been lurking on the sidelines watching yours and hemi dennys progress,just awesome will be in contact as my 69 dart build progresses and funds allow.put bills alterk. in my challenger when the economy was a little better off could not be happier. trying to build this one a little more budget oriented,ha ha . rich
     
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    Hey we have the same press at work!!!!
     
  18. Badart

    Badart Senior Member

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    Yeah that shop is my real job.

    That is my goal. Making quality parts on a budget.

    That press just keeps going and going. We have had that thing up to 50 tons before pressing off some bearings.
     
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    I have to say that this stress test is what sold me on buying a set, I'd be very curious to see if Magnum Force, Hotchkis, RMS or any other manufacturers would be willing to share their results form this same test?
     
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    Blazinrola80 Well-Known Member

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    :thumblef: have to order a set of these to match the lowers i got from you..
     
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    Snake Mopar Nut

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    Proof is in the pudding.
     
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    godfatherofchry Legandary Member Legendary Member

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    I dont think you will see that happen.............Artie
     
  23. Revhendo

    Revhendo Master ACME Tech

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    Is that one of the arms you're giving away? :D

    Quality work there, John. Now ya got visual aids for the doubters.
     
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    magnumdust Well-Known Member

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    That's impressive. I can't wait to order a kit.

    Oh and maybe I'd be considered a "doubter", but really was just being thorough in my research of the avail. suspension systems. After all, I started looking at coil conversions around the same time as that thread about some other a-arms from a small company that bent from being looked at.
     
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    -Sledgehammer- Mopar Performance

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    nice
     
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