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Old 03-30-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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Control Arms on E36 and E46!



I have a 93 318is that needs ball joints, and the same for my sister's 2001 325i, are the ball joints replaceable on both cars, or do I need the whole control arm?

I tried searching and I kind of got it that non-m e36 models are replaceable, but I couldn't get any info on the e46!

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Old 03-30-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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E36 ball joints are technically replacable, but it is more cost effective to just order from fcpgroton.com and ship to the UPS store in Ogdensburg NY ($270 for the whole front end suspension kit). E46 I've not done.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:34 AM   #3
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E36 ball joints are technically replacable, but it is more cost effective to just order from fcpgroton.com and ship to the UPS store in Ogdensburg NY ($270 for the whole front end suspension kit). E46 I've not done.
As far as I've heard, FCP is garbage.

Stay with OEM or Meyle.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:10 AM   #4
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Funny that, the kit I got from FCP was all Meyle and Lemforder. Have you looked at thier site?

THat and they offer full lifetime warranties on everything on their site for a small premium.

COmpletely worth it.
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Funny that, the kit I got from FCP was all Meyle and Lemforder. Have you looked at thier site?

THat and they offer full lifetime warranties on everything on their site for a small premium.

COmpletely worth it.

Thanks for the website man, they have all kinds of stuff and excellent prices!

Will definitively order my front end suspension there!
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:46 AM   #6
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FYI, bimmerspecialist.ca has decent pricing on suspension parts.

For example I needed tie rod assemblies.
From RMeuropean.com I can get them shipped in the US for $110ish USD.
From bimmerspecialist.ca I can get them for $133.37CAD shipped.

Since I needed it sooner, I'm going to pay the $20 extra because i'm not going back to the US this month.

Also it would be stupid to drive across the border to save $20, but you need to make the call based on how much you are saving. The savings would have to be greater than $150-200 before i consider driving across the border.

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From RMeuropean.com I can get them shipped in the US for $110ish USD.
From bimmerspecialist.ca I can get them for $133.37CAD shipped.

Out of curiosity, is that each, or for both?
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Out of curiosity, is that each, or for both?
Both complete Lemfoerder tie-rod assemblies (Inner & Outer) $53.81/ea side.
They have some cheaper brand for $3x.xx something, but i would stick with Lemfoerder.

Autopartsway.ca sells only the outer tie-rod alone for $58/ea which is a rip off.

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