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Username Post: Helix brand control arms ? Any good        (Topic#341641)
Adam63impala 
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01-03-17 01:12 AM - Post#2669104    

Anyone have any experience with the brand Helix ? Or in particular these control arms ? Haven't heard of the brand so just curious.

It won't let me post a screenshot image , so they are on ebay for a good price open box if want to take a look.

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55Brodie 
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01-03-17 08:05 AM - Post#2669131    
    In response to Adam63impala

http://www.thehoffmangroup.com/

Run Forest, run!

Lots of bad press about this company and their products.





 
gofastwclass 
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01-03-17 08:16 AM - Post#2669132    
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Are we talking about front upper and lower control arms? Why not simply buy CPP control arms? CPP has two sets, a "budget" set and the higher dollar set. I have the budget set which are complete and work very well.

I've been running the CPP fronts for over two years and lots of miles without issues. See my build for details.

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models916 
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01-03-17 08:46 AM - Post#2669137    
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That IS the same mfg. as the CPP budget arms. On mine, the spacing on the upper bolt holes were off and CPP reimbursed me to have a machine shop open up the dimensions. Been 3 years now. No problems. I think it cost me $40 to respace the holes on an end mill. That would be an advantage from buying from a good vendor…..



 
gofastwclass 
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01-03-17 01:38 PM - Post#2669180    
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Interesting. I thought they looked similar.

As I said, I had zero problems with mine and I drive this car as much as time and weather will allow. I bought the arms through CPP and they literally dropped right in. I did run through all the bolts to ensure everything was tight and lubed properly during the install, but that is normal.

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Adam63impala 
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01-04-17 11:56 AM - Post#2669314    
    In response to gofastwclass

So basically I'd have the same problem you did models916



 
models916 
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01-05-17 06:59 AM - Post#2669404    
    In response to Adam63impala

I'm sure it's been corrected by now.




 
gofastwclass 
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01-05-17 07:22 AM - Post#2669408    
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  • models916 Said:
I'm sure it's been corrected by now.




I agree, I purchased two sets at the same time from CPP about two years ago. Both sets installed in both cars with zero extra effort or modification. You can see my build topic for on what I've done to my car plus results and full disclosure regarding my experience with every product I've used.

The second set went on the 1963 Impala wagon I've been tinkering with for my friend. Once complete I'll try to do a build topic for him if he is interested in sharing the story.

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Adam63impala 
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01-05-17 03:51 PM - Post#2669521    
    In response to gofastwclass

Wow sounds great . My ball joints and everything needs replacing, and a lower control arm got banged up on a concrete block in the middle of the road .. thinking of just getting those .. what's the advantages, better handling ?



 
gofastwclass 
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01-05-17 05:10 PM - Post#2669534    
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The CPP arms were powder coated black and fully loaded with bushings and ball joints. The only tweaks they needed (as expected) was tightening everything to spec during installation and grease.

I'm told the upper arms have 5° caster built in compared to the factory part. This makes the car more stable at highway speed.

I would contact CPP via phone for full details. Their website flat out sucked last time I looked, but they answer calls quickly. They also included a full line printed catalog that is miles better than their feeble attempt at a web presence. Even one of their phone guys agreed their website is lacking. Sad.

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Adam63impala 
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01-05-17 05:38 PM - Post#2669539    
    In response to gofastwclass

Sounds good . Do they have poly urethane bushings ? You're right about their website ..good grief .



 
gofastwclass 
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01-05-17 07:09 PM - Post#2669558    
    In response to Adam63impala

The bushings are Delrin or similar material with grease zerks. Page one of my build topic has several images of the CPP a-arms in the boxes and installed on my car.


Close-ish of the upper bushing area.



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