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LPK, does brand matter?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by txgunguy, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. IGotIt

    IGotIt No Demlibtards

    Aug 20, 2011
    On The Edge
    In theory they are the same, in reality, they are not.

    Anytime parts are machined to the thousandths of an inch there will be problems. even the top notch manufacturers can have a bad day and have a few parts go out that are out of spec.

    Google each manufacturer for reviews and see which kits keep getting the best reviews. Every AR owner will say their kit is the best so you are going to get a lot of get this one it's the best or stay away from them cause they are junk. Do some research on your own, it will become apparent which ones to buy.

  2. shooter9696


    Dec 14, 2008
    I would just buy a name brand... but I read a few good comments about Wilson Combat LPK's and they're only $50 on their site.
  3. txgunguy


    Dec 14, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    I have been looking at the PSA kits. Are they any good?
  4. I just built my first AR using a PSA lower parts kit and had zero issue with any of the parts fitting in a DPMS stripped lower. I got the "Premium Lower build Kit" and everything went together well.
  5. GSSF17

    GSSF17 ...2 of 'em

    Jan 25, 2009
    Central FL
    I use Spikes and PSA LPKs exclusively. You can't go wrong with either one.

    Great quality and good trigger right out of the box on both of them.
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    May have been a fluke,.....but I had a DPMS lower parts kit's trigger pin
    break withing 2K rounds fired!
  7. txgunguy


    Dec 14, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    Awesome, thanks guys. I think I'm going to buy a roll pin punch set just to make it easy on my first build.
  8. IGotIt

    IGotIt No Demlibtards

    Aug 20, 2011
    On The Edge
    I wasn't going to put any brand names in but since you asked, I've done 3 PSA lpk installs and have been extremely pleased with one exception, the MOE lpk's did not include the lock washer for the screw in the grip and I had several lying around so it wasn't enough of a problem to call PSA about it.

    If you order a MOE kit, make sure to put in the comment section on the order page, to make sure there is a lock washer included.
  9. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    I ordered a 3 pack of DPMS LPK's and two were obviously, hugely defective. The third was OK, but had a terrible trigger. I only use Stag now.
  10. mjkeat


    Jun 17, 2009
    Brand doesn't matter as long as you get a good kit. The thing is some brands are known for putting out better quality kits than others. So I guess brand does matter.
  11. M&P Shooter

    M&P Shooter Metal Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    Phila, PA
    I did tons of research on LPK's because I'm am building my first AR right now and I went with Spike's enhanced LPK $149.00 This LPK has received nothing but great reviews and a lot of people have commented that the 1 stage trigger in the enhanced kit feels better then other brand LPK's:wavey:
  12. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox
  13. humanguerrilla


    Jul 25, 2006
    the woods
    I like Spikes and Doublestar and they have decent enough triggers. I haven't cared for DPMS and Bushmaster.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  14. txgunguy


    Dec 14, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    Just orderd a PSA lower build kit they had on sale. Will find out how it is.
  15. surf


    Jul 7, 2010
    I won't get into who supplies what, or how each vendor might source complete or machine their own stuff. So, Colt parts top notch, but they are expensive and not really put out as a LPK so to speak. I like LMT parts also. I do like kits branded DD and Armalite. There are also custom LPK put together by some dealers that use top notch parts also.
  16. denn1911


    Oct 14, 2010
    New England
    I found Stag Arms LPK's to be very good for me.
  17. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Over the years, I have used DPMS, Del-Ton, SARCO, RRA, DSA, and recently, Spikes. I can honestly sat thay I have had no issues with any of the kits I have used. These results are not always typical. Are all LPKs the same? In theory, yes. In actuality, not really. It is pretty much a trial and error test over time.
  18. rem2429


    Nov 26, 2004
    Llano, TX
    DD used to make palmetto, and they were great when I bought one a year ago, so I have been using DD lately.
    I have used a RRA and it was fine.
    I got a DPMS and then decided it was only good for a .22.
    The springs are cheap, like they came out of a chinese pen. It seems like the trigger pieces are cheaper as well. I'm leaving them alone.
    I'm sure LMT, COLT, KAC etc make good parts, but I've not used them.