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Old 07-29-2006, 01:09 PM
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I don't recommend TCI front ends!!!!!!!!!

I purchased a rear mounted rack, independent front end from TCI early last year for my 28 Dodge, and have not been happy with too many things on it. The first problem I found early on was that the rack bolt holes did not lign up with the supplied cross-member. I called and E-mailed pictures of the problem to TCI about 6 times and got nowhere with them. I even went as far as speaking to Carlos one of the owners at the Louisville Ky street-rod Nationals, and his excuse was that he lost my E-mail ....B.S.
The car is now in it's final stages, and I'm finding out that the ball joint dust boots are not even close to sealing out the water and dirt out of them. I called again to their tech line,and got a cold reception by the "tech guy". His explanation was that they use an OEM boot, and I would just have to live with it! B.S. again!! They are using tie-rod end boots for their ball-joints.No wonder they don't seal!!
If anyone is in their early stages of design, look at a different supplier than TCI. Dan

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Old 07-29-2006, 06:31 PM
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I even went as far as speaking to Carlos one of the owners at the Louisville Ky street-rod Nationals,
I have bought a good bit of stuff from TCI and never had a issue with them. You know they will be in Louisville next weekend ...
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I never got anywhere last year, so I don't think things will be any different this year!! I'm slowly working the bugs out, I just have to find ball joint boots that fit. I think urethane boots fromk Energy suspension made for Corvettes might work. Dan

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First off, Carlos is not an owner of TCI. He is just a salesman who sometime is not very helpfull to the customer . The owner is Ed Moss. The general manager is Sal Solorzaro and the sales manager is Evan Dalley. Evan and Sal will be at Louiville and I would talk to them about your problem.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:51 AM
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I would also let them know of your posting on this site and the fact that potentially 45,000 members will have access to it. I would also let them know that if you are or are not satisfied with their fixes or ? you will post it this thread.
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Fatman IFS packages have the same problem with their ball joint boots. And I got the same kind of reply. I found some better boot but I cannot remember where. The boots I am using now are longer than the boots that came with the package and they have a steel ring at the mouth of the boot that helps maintain the seal.

Recently published in Street Scene or in Goodguys Gazette was an article discussing how so many of the after market parts are not fitting as claimed by the manufacturers. It is a true claim, as I have had to make modifications very often to keep my projects going. We need to make a fuss every time this sort of thing happens to put the manufacturers and consumers on alert. We, the customer, are the life blood of the aftermarket companies and we pay dearly for their products. It is only logical that if a part is "designed to fit" it should! And when it doesn't, we should hear about it. If we do this often enough, the manufacturers will get the message or watch their deliveries shrink.

Just thought I'd get on my soap box for a minute.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:43 PM
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Scotts IFS is nice. Everything fits well. All the others are pretty much the same.
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