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Maier suspension

who here has Maier components on their cars? any reports/reviews?


I am interested in the non-tubular upper arms.


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maierracing (Hayward CA) and mikemaierinc (Livermore CA) are two separate businesses who each sell their own products. Mike used to be with maierracing, but decided some time back to build his own business. Maierracing appears to have recently teamed up with TotalControl Products, a Chris Alston brand. Anything Maier is good stuff. That UCA appears to be an improved version using bearing pivot and moog bolt-in ball joint. The reinforcement of the out frame is a plus.
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Those look nice, but pricey and i'd personally recommend either the global west +3 arms or the street or track arms that are adjustable for more caster.

I chose the GW ones.... the additional caster adds more dynamic camber w/o needing as much static camber. I beleive the GW arms are also slightly shorter which help with camber gain.

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I think the SoT ones will get you the caster, BUT my concern was that in doing so that the arm length may change in a way that hurts camber gain. Shaun makes killer stuff though so talk to him about this, i may be wrong.

Mine is a '68 but i'm assuming for upper arms that all my advice is similar/same for a '66 too.

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In case that came off as negative about maier, it's not, I do have maier stuff too, springs and panhard... they make good stuff, i just personally liked the GW arms more for the reasons above...
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I am looking at these because they are the original arm modified. I believe these are legal components per FIA rules. The ones you mentioned are not allowed I believe. I do appreciate the comments.
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yeah, i didn't play by the vintage rules, good point!
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Im thinking these would play by the rules. Upper and Lower foe less than $200 more.

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I have those uppers and the lowers. They were already in my 67 when I bought it. They seem like nice parts. But i tore into the car pretty quick so I didn't drive it enough to have an opinion on performance. I do know for cheaper you can just buy the pieces you need to weld onto your stock arms.

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I have the lowers, I am looking at uppers now. I bought the global west spf-1 arms, now I need a good set of uppers. The Maier upper arms caught my eye a couple months back. They look as if they can handle any sort of competitive racing and be vintage legal at the same time. I have considered the cobra arms too. but honestly the Maier arms are little more aesthetically pleasing to look at. Don't laugh, if your going to spend big dollars on suspension parts, why not have them look pretty too. lol

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I had an older version of those on my '67 for many years. I don't remember exactly when I bought them (1980's!!), but they held up extremely well. I had those, the Maier 620 springs and Konis and we drove my car in open track for close to 15 years before I made the switch to coilovers from Street Or Track (Shaun is a very good friend of mine and makes excellent components, but I understand you are staying within FIA rules). Never had an issue with anything from Maier, despite really putting it through the wringer (including many years with Race Rubber, which really puts the abuse into a whole new category). When I switched to the ST setup, I gave my entire front suspension to my neighbor and he loves it. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to someone who wants to stick with modified stock...
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I would trust them for a quality part on anything thing I could afford.
Is that welded plate on the Maier for breakage or flexing? Im sure they must have seen a few broken to warrant it. I wish I had seen those sooner, DIY pilferage.

FYI, I got some new Doorman brand re-popped UCAs a few years ago and they were thicker by many hairs than the originals I removed. They are so large that I suspect Doorman to be sold under several labels.

Those bearings on the Maier are prettier than the decal. I hope they incorporate the shaft bias for free caster into the build.

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That's interesting because I got leaf springs from maier racing last christmas and talked to both mike and Charles. It seems like the two sites are selling a lot of the same parts for the same price. Anyway... I've got their Bilstein sport valved shocks, coil springs and leaf springs. All of which are top notch parts and I'd highly recommend. I've heard nothing but great things about Maier racing products and their customer service is quite good as well. I'd definitely buy from them again.

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If you do some digging, I think these are quite modified. Definetly better ball joint angle and I would be willing to bet they are shorter also. If they are, you will love how your car handles with them. I run Konis (red) and 685s (supposed to be big block springs, they just happened to be on the car). I noticed a huge difference in my turn-in on an autocross course when I made those mods one winter. It was the only mod I did to the front end (shortened 1/2" 15degrees on ball joint angle) that year and I have been smiling since. Mike is also one of the nicest guys you will talk to about modified mustangs.

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