Rear Lower Control Arms Mod - 80 Series
Author: Philip In-Albon Feb 11, 2012
The RLCA (Rear Lower Control Arm) mod was respectably stolen from CSC’s own Mountain Cruiser.
1.75 x .188 (1.36ID) Dom tubing seamless
Factory RLCA on a ’96 are 1.34 x .170 seamed tubing
Factory length was maintained
8 rosettes welds per RLCA
Cut factory RLCA in half -remeber you loose ~1/8 when cutting
I held the sleeve back 1” from the bushing holder
Wrapped the bushing with a wet rag to keep the bushing from cooking
Stitched welded tubing together to keep temps under control
Cleaned and smoothed the welded rosettes
Primed and painted Kylon satin black
In the past I have used angle iron with excellent results but I liked this new approached.
You pick up ~3/8” clearance over angle - Wooo.
Total tubing thickness ~3/8” – strong enough for what I do.
Ended up 1lb addition weight per RLCA over 1½ x ¼ angle iron.
The ability to slide sideways easier when hung up – still up for debate as a pro or con.
Cost maybe 5x over 1½ x ¼ angle iron.
Most important - I like the look better.
Material Cost – 4’ Dom seamless tubing $50 shipped.
Contact Mountain Cruiser (Tony) if you would like to pay to have this mod done.