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BDS Performance Upper Control Arms | Ford F150

Coldwater, MI: BDS Suspension adds to its lineup of heavy duty upper control arms (UCA) with new kits available for the 2004-2018 Ford F150 trucks. These new UCAs are designed for improved strength, great looks, and more wheel travel on leveled and lifted for the Ford F150.

The new performance control arms are built from high strength 1.5" OD x .120-wall tubing, gusseted for strength and durability. They use an indexed ball joint cup to correct the ball joint positioning for use with 2-3" leveling kits and most full IFS lift kits on the market. The frame mounting ends feature durometer-specific rubber bushings. At the other end they use an indexed ball joint cup with and premium Moog-brand ball joints for smooth, quiet operation and superior durability to arms that feature uniballs, poly bushings or heims. These control arms come finished in a durable semi-gloss black powder coat and include a billet aluminum machined BDS ball joint dust cap as well as proper brake line attachment points to ensure a factory-like fit. The arms integrate a mounting tab for the factory brake lines so there's no need to zip tie the lines like with other kits. The control arms come fully assembled for easy install right out of the box.

Take your Ford F150 to the next level of ride quality and performance with suspension upgrades from BDS.

Product Description

BDS Performance Upper Control Arms

Compatible With:

  • FOX 2.0 Performance Series Coilovers (0-2")
  • FOX 2.5 Factory Series Coilovers (0-2")
  • BDS 2-2.5" Leveling Kits (540H/572H)
  • BDS 4" IFS Systems (576H/598H/1502H/1507H/1533H)
  • BDS 4" C/O Systems (1502F/1507F/1533F)
  • BDS 6" IFS Systems (574H/573H/1503H/1506H/1532H)
  • BDS 6" C/O Systems (573F/1503F/1506F/1532F)
  • Most other lift and leveling kits

Vehicle Fitment

2004-2018 Ford F150 4WD
2009-2018 Ford F150 2WD

Kit Info

#123253 - $735.79 MSRP

BDS Upper Control Arm Features

  • High strength tubular construction
  • Indexed ball joint cup allows for additional droop travel
  • Heavy duty MOOG ball joints
  • Clevite rubber frame bushings
  • Includes brake line mount
  • Full assembled, ready to install

Kit Notes

Designed for use with 2-3" lifts and compatible with many full IFS lift kits. Can be used with BDS 2.5", 4" and 6" kits.

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain Warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

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(517) 279-2135 | bds-suspension.com | sales-bds@ridefox.com

36 Comments on “Upper Control Arms | 2004-2018 Ford 150 | NPA #296
  • Michael Paquette says:

    I have a 2015 f150 4wd with a 6in lift kit with rough country coilovers can i use these upper control arms to get improved articulation i currently have stock ones

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      These UCAs will bolt right into the factory mounts and allow for improved droop travel over the factory arms.

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  • jacob says:

    I have a 2007 f150 2wd with 3 1/2 inch lift. will these correct the camber angles right now at -1 maxed stock adjustment

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hi Jacob, unfortunately these UCA won’t work on your ’07 F150 2WD. They only fit the ’09+ F150 2WD models

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  • Davis says:

    Will this work with a Rough Country leveling kit?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hi Davis, these UCAs are an OEM replacement and would be compatible with your RC leveling kit

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  • Derrick says:

    I have a 14 4×4 f150 with the BDS 2.5” level, will these UCA’s help with the control arm hitting the spring during suspension travel?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Derrick,
      Short answer is yes, these UCAs are compatible with the BDS 2.5″ Leveling Kit.

      On the topic of your stock control arms contacting the springs the factory suspension clearances are very tight and if too much positive caster angle is added its possible for them too contact the springs at full droop. The BDS UCAs are formed for more clearance and add 1.4 degrees of caster so you won’t have that issue.

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  • Eddie says:

    I got a 2008 f150 limited awd will these fit my truck???

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Eddie,
      Your ’08 F150 AWD uses the same suspension as the 4WD model so these UCAs will be a direct bolt on.

      Reply
  • Colby says:

    I have a 2010 f150 4×4 with 3” level kit installed and my uca hit the springs when going over bigger bumps, will these hit as well or should they clear? Also Are the ball joints in these replaceable?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Colby, the short answer is yes, these UCAs will help with clearances so you shouldn’t have that issue. Ultimately the issue you’re having is due to where the caster is set causing there to not be enough clearance for your stock control arms to clear the springs when installing a leveling kit. The BDS UCAs are formed for more clearance and add 1.4 degrees of caster so you shouldn’t have that issue. The ball joints are replaceable and can be ordered from us or picked up from your local BDS distributor.

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      • Colby says:

        Awesome thank you for the prompt reply, I’ll see if I can locate a dealer in Edmonton and order a set. Thanks again for the reply

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        • Mitchell lewis says:

          I have an 12f150 6.2l ifs with 2 inch rough country leveling struts 33×12.5r22 with bad cv angles will this relief some of that stress

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          • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

            Hey Mitchell, These UCAs will work with your current setup and improve the upper ball joint angle to allow for more travel and improved strength. They won’t however have any affect on the CV axle operating angles. Typically CV axles are within acceptable operating angles a 2″ lift. We don’t offer a diff drop at that height, but do include one on taller kits

  • Tony says:

    Will these uca work with factory rims 17×7.5j and 265 70r 17 tires on a 2017 f150 4×4

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Tony, our UCAs are compatible with stock and aftermarket wheels and would work just fine with your setup.

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  • Keith says:

    What is the widest tire on a stock 17 in wheel that can be run with these.

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Keith, we don’t tested every potential tire/wheel combination to know what the maximum tire size that will clear the UCAs with stock 17s. To that point an all terrain tire size that barely clears would have an likely rub in that size of mud terrain due to the aggressiveness of the sidewall lugs. Its difficult to give a definitive answer.

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  • Ed says:

    Installing fox 2.5 dsc coilovers with the bds uca on a 05 f150, eventually will get larger tires and wheels but will the stock 17 wheels and tires fit till then?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hi Ed,
      Just to be clear you are installing the coilovers and UCAs on a stock truck to net 2-3″ of lift total rather than a full 4-6″ IFS suspension lift, correct? Assuming that’s the case these UCAs allow the use of all factory wheel/tire options. If installing those parts in combination with a full IFS lift there are clearance limitations with reinstalling stock 17s

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  • Clyde Cabrera says:

    BDS VS Icon UCA
    I have a 2017 SC F150 STX 4×4 w/ Bilstein 6112 kit set at 2 inch level up front and 5100 in back. I have stock tires 275/55R/20 with stock Rims 20×8.5 +30mm off set. my plan eventially want to go to 285/55R/20 with 20×9 inch rims and what I was told with +18mm offset. Is that correct using +18mm offset on those rims? Cause I don’t want to much of the tires sticking out. Now will your BDS UCA’s will work fine with current set up and future setup? What kind of longevity can I expect with the BDS UCA’s? It indicates you can grease up the ball joint. But, what about the UCA’s bushing at the Frame connections. How would they be lubed, if any? one last important thing, are the frame bushings and ball joints replaceable. As I tend to keep my trucks for a long time. My usage is daily driver and occasional serious off roading. Not so much rock climbing. But, want some articulation and traction to get me out of situations. So I am so tossed between your UCA and Icon Delta Joint. Convince me as to why I should lean towards your UCA? What are the Pro/Cons. I am looking forward to your response and Thank You So Much.

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hi Clyde,
      A lot of questions packed into your comment so I’ll try to answer them all.

      Wheel/Tire Compatibility: Our UCAs are compatible with both stock and aftermarket wheels, you’ll gain about a .25″ of clearance on the backside of the wheel going from those stock 20s (5.93″ BS) to aftermarket 20s (5.71″ BS) and overall will be sticking out about an additional 1-1.25″ from where you are now with the width of the tire/wheel. Our UCAs are compatible with both stock and aftermarekt wheel setups so in either case these will work great for you.

      Longevity/Maintenance: Our UCAs are build strong our of DOM tubing, fully welded and finished in a durable powdercoat finished. The frame mount ends use OE style Clevite rubber bushings for maintenance free operation and long lifespan just as you’d expect from the factory arms. On the other end we use a high quality Moog ball joint that can be easily serviced by removing the ball joint cap and provide a long service life. The ball joint cup is indexed from the position of the stock UCA to provide better positioning of the ball joint when used with a level kit allowing for additional droop travel. If you ever need to replace a ball joint they can be purchased directly from us or are readily available through your local auto store.

      IVD Comparison – we make a point to not bash other brands, but rather talk about our products features. Between the high strength construction right here in the USA, the no fine print warranty protecting these arms, the various wheel/tire compatibility and everything mentioned above in my comments and in the product announcement these arms a great value and quality upgrade for your F150.

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  • Clyde Cabrera says:

    Thanks Carter, for your reply. Your UCA is my next upgrade. I stopped by a distributor and he also touted that your UCA is very good. For the fact of longevity and easy to get replacement parts.

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  • Robert J Grantham says:

    Can I run 17 inch method wheels with 4.75 backspace with 295/70/17 with BDS upper control arms I have 2015 f150 4×4.

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Robert, is your F150 leveled or lifted? While you wouldn’t have enough clearance for that tire stock, if its at least leveled out and fitted with these UCAs that tire/wheel combo can be used.

      Reply
  • Dj Williams says:

    I just stocked a leveling kit on top of a lift kit and was told to get extended bds control arms. Are these it?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey DJ,
      A few clarifying questions before giving a response. What year/make/model vehicle do you have, what lift kit (size/brand) are installed and how tall is the leveling kit stacked on top? In general we don’t recommend stacking lift kits as it can cause handling issues, affect vehicle performance and lead to premature wear of components. That said if the concern you are trying to address is that the factory upper ball joints angle is maxed out our UCA kits uses an indexed mount to improve operation angle and allow more droop travel. We offer UCA kits for a variety of applications.

      Reply
  • Russell Kepler says:

    I want to buy a set of these, but they seem to be out of stock everywhere that I check. Are they being manufactured soon?
    Thank you, Russ

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Russell,
      We try to keep all components in stock, but at times the demand is greater than the supply. These UCA kits should be back in stock soon, feel free to contact our sales team for more (517) 279-2135 or sales-bds@ridefox.com

      Reply
  • Evan says:

    Hi will these work on a 2003 Ford Expedition?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Evan, while there are several similarities between that generation F150 and Expedition, unfortunately we haven’t test fit the UCAs to be able to say whether or not they would fit on a ’03 Expedition.

      Reply
  • Sean Miller says:

    Hello, will these work on a 2017 Ford Expedition with a 3” front leveling kit?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Sean,
      While we don’t expect any fitment differences between F150 and Expedition, at this time these have not been tested these UCAs on the Expedition so are not able to officially list fitment compatibility

      Reply
  • Sam says:

    Do these UCAs add any caster compared to OEM?

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    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Sam, while these do improve the ball joint positioning for leveled/lifted applications, they will not add additional caster on the F150 models

      Reply

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