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    My motoria ruca (w/ motoria ends) has come to the end of it's life and I'm not comfortable with having them or my my megan garbage toe arms lol (after 2+ years of no problems).

    So, I'm going to actually drop some money and buy real arms. Obviously SPL is the first thought to come to mind because of the excellent service, and I already am very happy with my SPL tension rods, but I was wondering if anyone had experience with Bings' stuff. I've searched around for it but it doesn't seem like a lot of people run his stuff.

    Not looking to cheap out again, but bings stuff *is* cheaper and I think he uses the same qa1 ends as SPL.

    Just looking for some informed opinions. My gut says that the bings stuff will be fine and the quality is definitely there.

  • #2
    Well, are you in Canada?

    I would go with Bing's stuff if you're in Canada, since he would be local to you, versus getting stuff from SPL and having to go through customs and all that.

    What's wrong with your Megan/Motoria arms? You could always just buy quality QA1 or Aurora rod ends to replace the sh!t ones that came on those arms. Unless the arms are rusting and breaking that way, then there's no point in keeping them.
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    • #3
      The ends are squeaking (I think the ruca, not the toe arm) and I've already cleaned/lubed them a couple times but to no avail. It goes away for a week or two then comes back.

      Really, I just don't trust them any more, and it's the one part of my car I've cheaped out the most on, so I would like to remedy that. It's worth upgrading for the peace of mind, for me.

      It's $500 from spl for the ruca/toe arm, and the Bings stuff looks like it will run ~$320 + ship (not sure how much that'll be).

      And no, I'm in Oregon.

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      • #4
        Quite a few guys in canada run his multilink, and I've yet to hear anything bad about them. He does use top of the line QA1 rod ends, I'm pretty sure their the same as SPL, but I cant confirm that. Customer service is apparently very good for all his multilink.

        I have his rucas on my new S13 I just bought, but since it isnt being driven in winter, I cant give you a review on them at all. I wouldnt hesitiate to buy any other of the multilink though from what i've heard and read.

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        • #5
          I've given Kuah at SPL 90% of my business. He's been very helpful over AIM. Quality customer service keeps me coming back and I'm willing to spend a couple extra bucks when I receive good customer service.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bumnah View Post
            I've given Kuah at SPL 90% of my business. He's been very helpful over AIM. Quality customer service keeps me coming back and I'm willing to spend a couple extra bucks when I receive good customer service.
            No doubt.

            +1 to Kuah from me.

            Oh and his flat rate shipping is also ROCKING.

            I remember it was $8 flat rate shipping for anything, and when I bought my FN01R-Cs from him it was $8 to ship all 4 rims lol

            I think it recently went up to like $9 or $10... still worth it! hahaha
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            • #7
              ^hahahaa, yeah

              Honestly even shipping to Canada is no biggie its just the customs that rape, but, he does lower the price on border... its all good.

              His service and character is spot on, worth buying, plus the upgrade plan is awesome too...

              I love my arms I was the one to kind of make him do the stealth black, as my chromed ones started rusting by just sitting, was a loong wait but eventually got them... No one suspects my arms being all fancy shmancy as its all black but man oh man I love em
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              • #8
                Yeah, I know all this about spl and it's part of the reason I bought SPL tension rods.

                I won't lie, though, the $150 savings is speaking to me lol.
                Last edited by e1_griego; 01-26-2009, 05:39 PM.

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                • #9
                  SPL is the only company I've bought stuff from. Im running their full multi-link (minus LCA) and KTS coilovers.

                  I had a stress crack in my RUCA and they replaced both with in a day and kept me updated on the progress of the cracked arm (which they paid to have shipped back for inspections)

                  SPL is hands down the coolest shop/parts place around.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Longfellow View Post
                    SPL is the only company I've bought stuff from. Im running their full multi-link (minus LCA) and KTS coilovers.

                    I had a stress crack in my RUCA and they replaced both with in a day and kept me updated on the progress of the cracked arm (which they paid to have shipped back for inspections)

                    SPL is hands down the coolest shop/parts place around.
                    People/companies like that deserve to get business. A story like would make me buy from them.

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                    • #11
                      Just replace the rod ends on your current arms. No point in tossing the whole arm when it's the 50 cent rod end that's what's really worn out. Even SPL arms come with relatively plain-jane QA1 rod ends that will wear out like any other brand.
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                      • #12
                        My friend told me midwest control has been out of stock for a while (he has the same arms) and the megan ones are rusting.

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                        • #13
                          Forgot to mention when they exchanged the RUCA's they included their new hybrid adjusters for free which was awesome.

                          Side note, if you intend to do your own alignments then go with SPL. The hybrid adjusters make it super easy to adjust everything and keep the rod end straight.

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, I'm leaning towards just getting the SPL just because of the adjusters and everything.

                            My friend has a set of new rucas waiting to go on his car and they're definitely a quality piece.

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                            • #15
                              Just another plug for SPL.

                              I've had their T/C rods on my car since like later 2003, they're still on the car.

                              The rod end ball part has a little discoloration and surface rust (I live by the Atlantic Ocean), but once I moved the ball around, it cleaned out all that crap on its own and spins freely without bind now, and it's not loose, so it's pretty much good to go.

                              So a little after 5 years and it's still going strong.

                              This is the v1 T/C rods btw.
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