Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Fabtech Uniball Upper Control Arms, which are available for all 2015 and newer four-wheel drive F-150s. The Fabtech Uniball Upper Control Arms you see here today are available for any 2015 or newer four-wheel drive F-150 owner with aftermarket wheels and tires with up to a five-inch offset. These are gonna be an upgraded upper control arm option that gives you the ability to strengthen your suspension components while also increasing your wheel travel. Great for guys out there tackling some off-road obstacles. This is definitely gonna get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, completely replacing your factory arms and your upper ball joints.Taking a closer look at the Uniball Control Arms from Fabtech, you'll notice that these are a more premium option, specifically made for the guys out there who have done just a little bit more than the average Joe to their truck. In addition to the wheels and tires I just mentioned, Fabtech lets us know that if you pick up the Dirt Logic two and a half inch coilover shocks, you'll pick up an even bigger increase in wheel travel. So, with that said, if you find yourself doing some extreme off-roading more frequently than not, this is a great thing to pair with those coilover shocks to get your truck even more capable when hitting the trails.Fabtech lets us know they're manufactured out of a one and a quarter inch diameter chromoly tubing, which helps reduce suspension flex, especially useful for the guys out there with a lifted setup on larger wheels and tires. They also have additional casters built in to make sure they correct any suspension alignment issues. Great for any leveling kits as it will prevent some more tire wear.Finally, they were covered in a black powder-coated finish, which obviously not only looks cool, but it also helps prevent corrosion and rust. As you can sort of deduce from the title, this does come with a couple of Uniball pins that are actually super strong, heat-treated 17-4 stainless that fit directly into the factory ball joint without modification to the spindle. Great for guys out there who are seeing any future modifications that require them to switch it back over to the factory setting, because you won't have to make any changes, thanks to the non-permanent modifications here.Now, with that said, it also comes with polyurethane bushings at the end, which are typically carrying a higher load-bearing capacity. Now, since this is a more premium option, you can expect to be spending just south of the $600 mark. The only option on the site that is more expensive than this is from ReadyLIFT. You wanna keep in mind this particular kit does not work with factory wheels, but it does work with aftermarket lift kits. The ReadyLIFT is gonna be just the opposite, so it all comes down to what your setup is, what you plan on doing to your truck in the future, and how much you're looking to spend.Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video, like I mentioned in the beginning, it is gonna get a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It requires very simple hand tools, like a ratchet and socket set, Allen wrenches, torque wrenches, jack and jack stands for the floor, of course, and about two hours' worth of time in the driveway at home. First thing you wanna do is obviously get the truck in the air and support it on jack stands. Now, you wanna start on the driver's side, removing the wheels and tires, of course, dropping the brake assembly out of the way, making sure you have enough clearance to gain access to the upper control arm. You'll wanna remove the upper control arm nut and disconnect it from the factory knuckle, which might require a hammer or a mallet to do. Either way, once that's taken care of, you can disconnect that and set it aside while retaining the factory hardware.From here, you want to assemble the Upper Control Arm from Fabtech using the bushings, the grease zerks, and the sleeves and then install it into the factory mounting positions. Once that's taken care of, we torque down to 100 foot-pounds. A tip here is to make sure that the barrel gaskets are facing up.Once that's taken care of, insert the Uniball pin into the factory mounting position and torque that down to 150 foot-pounds. From here, it's just a matter of swinging down the control arm, torquing it down to spec, making sure everything is put back together properly, throwing the wheels and tires back on, and dropping your truck back down to the ground.Now, obviously, it goes without saying that was just pretty much an overview nutshell of the installation here, but step-by-step, it is included in the kit with an instruction manual, so keep that in mind moving forward. With that out of the way, I do wanna say if you're the owner of a 2015 or newer four-wheel drive F-150 with all of the aftermarket wheels and tires I mentioned up to a five-inch offset, you wanna make sure you're checking out the Fabtech Uniball Upper Control Arms, available right here at americantrucks.com.
Are you looking to upgrade your factory front upper control arms to something beefier? If so, then Fabtech has you covered with their Tubular Uniball Control Arms. Designed for F-150 owners with a 0" to 6" lift kit, these Fabtech Chromoly Tubular Upper Control Arms will eliminate the flex that is typically found with the stock arms. These tubular Control Arms will also increase your suspension’s strength, allowing you to take on challenging terrains with confidence. Additional casters are built into the Arms to ensure accurate alignment when used with leveling kits, this will prevent premature tire wear for the best driving experience possible. Increases Wheel Travel.
If you are planning on lifting your F-150 in the future, these Fabtech Uniball Upper Control Arms are just what you need. These Upper Control Arms are the perfect complementary part for use with Dirt Logic 2.5 Coilover Shocks (sold separately). Engineered to help increase the wheel travel of your lifted truck, these Controls Arms will allow you to take on more challenging off road obstacles.Durable Construction.
Using the same materials that are found on successful Trophy Trucks, these Controls Arms are constructed from 1.25 in. diameter chromoly tubing for superior strength. Fabtech then completes their Control Arms in a black powder coated finish for durability and long lasting corrosion resistance. These Control Arms replace the stock ball joints with super strong, heat treated 1” inner diameter 17-4 stainless steel uniball pins and feature greaseable polyurethane bushings.Bolt-on Design.
Fabtech designed their Upper Control Arms to be a direct bolt-on replacement for the stock arms. The uniball pins fit perfectly into the factory ball joint taper, with no modifications required, which makes it easy to revert back to stock if so desired. Installation can normally be completed in about three hours’ time with just basic hand tools.Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Fabtech provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty to the original retail purchaser who owns the vehicle, on which the product was originally installed, for defects in workmanship and materials. Some exclusions may apply, please see manufacturer's warranty for details.Application.
This pair of Fabtech Uniball Upper Control Arms are specifically designed to fit on all 2015-2018 F-150s equipped with four-wheel drive (4WD). Will not
fit on Raptor models or F-150s with OE wheel and tire packages. Application Note.
Aftermarket wheels with a backspacing of 5 inches or less is required to be used with these Upper Control Arms.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Driver Side Upper Control Arm
- (1) Passenger Side Upper Control Arm
- (4) Misalignment Spacer
- (4) Sleeve
- (8) Urethane Bushing
- (4) 1/4-28 Grease Fitting
- (2) Uniball Adapter Pin
- (1) Urethane Lube Packet
- (1) Thread Locking Compound
- (4) 8" Zip Tie
- (2) 9/16" SAE Washer
- (2) 9/16"-18 C-Lock Nut
- (2) 3/4"-16 C-Lock Nut
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 3 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
Control Arm Specifications:
- .120" Wall 4130 Chromoly Tubing
- .250" Wall DOM Bushing Barrels
- 1" Inside Diameter Stainless Steel American Uniball
- 17-4 Stainless Misalignments
- Heat Treated 17-4 Stainless Steel Tapered Uniball Pins
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 2.7L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18
- 3.3L V6 - 18
- 3.5L V6 - 15, 16, 17
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18
- 5.0L V8 - 15, 16, 17, 18
Fits 4WD only