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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.


For installation info please take a look a this thread.


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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what will the price be if we are not able to get in on the introductory price?

how hard is the installation aswell?
:facepalm: there's no need for these in the rear as there's no suspension geometry shift due to drive tires pushing/pulling.If you have a noisy suspension then I suggest buying a better suspension or have a mechanic look at it.
anddddd rear suspension.

tired of my sh*t always popping out in the hills. even just commuting at decent speeds, the rear is always popping out because of the lovely california roads.
there's something broken in your rear end...it's not the fact that there's rubber bushings there.What are you going to do when you buy some solid bushings and you still have that popping?
im not asking for solid bushings.

just some new engineering that will make the rear better is all.
sorry for the noobness.... But if I have the Buddyclub P1 ball joints, is the same thing? thanks in advance.
They are not the same thing.
First batch was a great success! Sold out within 3 weeks and have had outstanding reviews. Will have inventory on hand within 10 days. Introductory pricing of 207 shipped has officially ended and is back to suggested retail pricing of 299 shipped to the continental U.S. Email or PM me for any questions and to reserve them upon completion.
:( darn.
I live in MA where we have just as much sand and salt as you guys and I went with these. The advantage is so huge over the stock bushings that even having to replace the bearing once a year it's worth it. Trust me. When you drive the car after you take those crappy rubber bushings out you will understand. Like I said all you have to do is spray them down with water to clean them off. You can do it at one of those self service car wash bays.
would you happen to know what's involved in changing out the bearing? Is it pretty much the same thing as installing them for the first time?
Mike, I think you forget that what is easy for you is not easy for most of us lol. I don't have access to a press, a lift, years of mechanical experience, nor do I want to do an alignment every year when I take these off if these things did wear out yearly. It's not worth it to me to pay someone to replace stuff yearly, nor is it worth it to me to invest in tools to do it myself. I'm just going to see what my mechanic says, if he puts the kabosh on it, I'll just sell them. Hopefully he looks them over and thinks they'll be ok, but we'll see.
if you sell them lemme know.
same idea...but you are paying more for what is probably an inferior product with the PW:JDM ones.
Gee, the money pit never ends. Now we need some sexy LCA for the rear like older gens have!
I always wondered why noone,especially the chinese supplied companies,have'nt done this yet.
These types of things are 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.
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