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Old 10-30-13, 03:28 PM   #1
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where to get Trailing Arms rebuilt

Tim has been working on his '72 for a looong time: he now needs both trailing arms rebuilt.
OEM is not an issue, but Money IS; we looking beyond Eckler's and Zip, for a better price.

The best price and best warranty is Ikerd's (Bedford IL).
Corvette Stainless Steal Breaks-or CSSB (Miami FL) is a far second.
We've never heard of either, and don't know if we can "trust it".

Do you think we should bite the bullet & go w/ an expensive-but better known-outfit?
Is there a LOCAL place to take them to?
Thanks very much
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Old 10-30-13, 09:19 PM   #2
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Corvette Paramedics in NJ did our '76 & they were perfect (in fact they were gorgeous!) Nearly too nice to put back on the Vette. And the price was decent. I just can't remember exactly where they are located but it wasn't like down the shore. More like Cinaminson or Palmyra? Look them up. They've been around for a long time & since I've never heard anything negative about them, they obviously have a good rep.
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Old 10-30-13, 09:31 PM   #3
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Old 10-30-13, 09:50 PM   #4
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Tim has been working on his '72 for a looong time: he now needs both trailing arms rebuilt.
OEM is not an issue, but Money IS; we looking beyond Eckler's and Zip, for a better price.

The best price and best warranty is Ikerd's (Bedford IL).
Corvette Stainless Steal Breaks-or CSSB (Miami FL) is a far second.
We've never heard of either, and don't know if we can "trust it".

Do you think we should bite the bullet & go w/ an expensive-but better known-outfit?
Is there a LOCAL place to take them to?
Thanks very much

I have used Bairs several times over the years and have been very satisfied. You have to watch going the "inexpensive" path as it is very critical that the runout of the rear rotors is held to a very tight tolerance. If it is not, the brakes will pulsate possibly causing air to get sucked into the brake system.

There are many areas where you can look to save money when working on these cars, but in my opinion, trailing arms is not one of them.

Here is a link to a post by Gary Ramadi (who is another reputable rebuilder that I have worked with in the past). Gary is very detail oriented and uses quality parts in his rebuilds. Reading through his post will give you a good idea as to what is involved and why the cost if fairly high to rebuild trailing arms.

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/foru...ad.php?t=77000

Good luck with whatever direction you decide to go. (I'd at least call Bairs, they used to send you boxes to ship them in also)

Tom

PS: I don't want to take anything away from Joels post about Corvette Paramedics, I just have never had the opportunity to use them. Being local, you could deliver and pick them up to save you lots of $$ in shipping cost. Trailing arms are heavy and cost a lot to ship>


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Old 10-30-13, 10:42 PM   #5
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Mt. Holly N.J. on Rt. 206
If you decide on Corvette Paramedics here's directions. If you need them dropped off I go past there at least 2 to 3 times a month.
Pa turnpike to NJ turnpike.
First exit in NJ, Florence
Rt 130 North to first traffic light, Florence/Jacksonville Rd. Turn right
Turn right on Hedding Jacksonville Rd. Traffic light.
At the first traffic light left, Jacksonville/Jobstown Rd.
Turn right on Rt 206.
Just before the first traffic light on 206 Corvette Paramedics is on the right.
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Sean at the vette shop in Warminster did my 63 arms 215-322-9590 is there number
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Van Steel always seemed to be the preferred choice around the Corvette Forum for buying refurbed arms with exchange.

http://www.vansteel.com/index.cfm?fu...&SubGroup=1892
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Thanks so much for your help!
You guys ROCK!
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Old 10-31-13, 11:34 AM   #9
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My Brother-In-Law just had Bair's do his for his 73. They did an excellent job.

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