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Full-Race 06+ Traction balls!!!

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Need more traction? We got the solution.

2006+ Honda Civics that need increased traction, reduced wheelhop and better handling - the large rubber LCA bushing is your enemy. During acceleration, braking or turning, the Honda Lower control arm has a large rubber bushing that distorts under load. This distortion allows the lower arm to move back and forth as the forces from the tire and car compress and squish the bushing into different shapes.




**Highly worn bushings will develop a "thump/pop" sound coming from the suspension pivots during low speed bumps.

The soft bushing was designed to give a smooth cushioned ride, but the downside of this smooth ride is low precision and low accuracy of the suspension components. This movement known as "Deflection" of the Lower Control Arm (LCA) allows the wheel to shift forwards, backwards, up and down, completely out of the geometrically intended location. This is due to the fact that the stock Honda suspension was not designed to handle the forces introduced from a high power/high speed vehicle with wide wheels and sticky tires. Because of this deflection, the alignment settings of the car become useless, and the wheel actually moves forwards into the fender well (on high power cars, the tire can actually hit the bumper cover). As the suspension geometry and alignment move around, the car toes out and caster changes erratically. The available traction of the vehicle decreases as overall traction is reduced and wheelhop can result - repeatedly doing this on a high power car can mean damaging axles and gears in your transmission.





The concept of the Traction Ball is very simple. If the suspension does not have any inaccurate or sloppy movement (due to bushing flex) the suspension geometry will be correct. By eliminating the big rubber compliance bushing in the 2006+ Honda Civic front suspension, we are able to eliminate slop in the LCA and significantly improve handling. Traction balls stop deflection because bushings cannot flex/move/change with the solid-mounted heim joints.




With traction balls installed, the LCA does not flex at all - it is completely rigid. The steering and suspension is immediately and drastically improved; you can new feel every input and change in the road surface. Steering is now very sensitive and a lot lighter. The durability of these units is superior to the stock units and they are perfectly suited to both street and track use. This design is not uncomfortably harsh during driving and really an improvement in all regards. This product requires no maintenance, however it is a good idea to inspect them everytime you change your oil. Tap the LCA with a rubber mallet and listen for any noises. Bearings can easily be replaced if needed, however we have not had to replace one yet.

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For installation info please take a look a this thread.

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension/242952-diy-full-race-traction-ball-install-7.html

Full-Race would like to thank everyone who participated in the introductory sale on the traction balls. We have officially ended our introductory pricing and is now set at the suggested retail price of 299 shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Thanks to all the 8thgen members for all of your support, build threads and reviews! Like always, please feel free to PM me or email me at [email protected] if you have any tech questions, concerns, and inquiries.


If you like to place an order you can email me at [email protected], send payment via pay pal to [email protected] and entering screen name in notes field, or by giving us a call @ 602-437-2101 ext:20

Thanks for looking!

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Out of curiosity

What changed between the first set and this final set?
you get way more travel with the final set then the first set we tested in my car
mike knows how predictable my car is with these in and how straight the car tracks, they really do make a world of difference
post reviews on these after testing for a couple months maybe say 2 months hard drive launching u know even regular driving
these have been in my car for a couple months everything is still holding up perfect
i have a press in my garage :giggle:
glad you got them in mike!! now you get to feel what i have been feeling since i put the first set of prototypes in my car :)
how the heck did the press break?!
^ reading incorrectly
Actually, he's correct Brett


Or so I gather
i am speaking about the actual "design" itself. that didn't change, only the material that it is made out of changed thus the increase in price.
we changed the design to be CNC machined from **billet-stainless steel**. This change to stainless costs big $$
i believe he is speaking of just changing the material used to make the traction balls
Dangit Brett, now you gotta make me go back and re-read the whole thing. lol
:giggle:
only change was the material went to billett stainless steel. Ivtec- the set you have is outstanding, no need to fret
I was right!
I've had mine on my car since the first batch was released and mine are NOT the SS ones. The bearing is SS and is working 100% perfectly. Mine is rusted like everyone else but that's only the frame and bushings. They have no effect on the operation of the bearing at all. As long as the bearing itself is Stainless you should not have an issue. Mine still work perfectly. Not really sure why everyone is all bent because of a little cosmetic rust. Try living in MA near the ocean. Every single steel part on my car is rusted to hell. I need an an air hammer and 3 lb sledge just to remove my brake rotors every year. LOL!! You have to expect rust on some parts of you car guys. And it's not like your LCA bushing is in plain sight or is a show piece.

This type of crap is why I never really come on this site anymore. So many people whining about crap they really shouldn't be whining about and not having real expectations for stuff and just plain not knowing anything. If Geoff made these all out of SS from the start and the price was $500 everyone would be screaming that FR is a rip off. So ridiculous!!! But he made them as cost efficient as possible and now everyone is all bent that there is some cosmetic rust?? GET REAL!!
:word: couldn't agree more
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