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Old 01-07-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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quick question...

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do the e36 ball joint replacement fit in the e30 control arms? I think i read somewhere that they are the same. true?


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Old 01-07-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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I think they fit. However, if they can or not, they are worse. Stick with the regular e30 ones.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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yea e30 ball joinits last long than e36 more than double
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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So what is the difference between replacing the corntrol arms and ball joints? Do you get ball joints on your control arms monuted?
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:38 PM   #6
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well when i first got my car they replaced one ball joint.. but not the control arm. so it is possible.. is it the same as just getting the entire unit new.. i don't know. anyone.. anyone.. bueller... bueller..
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New control arms come with new ball joints... But the ball joints are replaceable. So you can opt to replace the ball joints, but it will cost the extra labour to press them out/in... A choice whichever you see more cost effective/advantageous.
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I was thinking the same. That clears up everything.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:11 AM   #9
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also i used to just press in ball joint after the fact, but get good ones, the cheap ones are done really fast
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:45 PM   #10
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where can i go to get these.. other than the dealer?

i also need to get wheel bearings all around.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:33 PM   #11
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My advice would be to not waste your time with pressing in new balljoints unless you are really strapped for cash, and are only replacing one joint. Someone told me that a few years ago, but I attempted to press in new balljoints in a set of old control arms anyway. It's a waste of time and money, unless you have your own press, or can get it done cheaply. I think I ended up paying $20 a piece for the balljoints x 2, and $20 to get 2 pressed in. So you're at $60 plus tax for one control arm. You can get good aftermarket control arms for like $80 each, none of the hassle of driving to machine shops, and you know that everything is in good working order.

Lots of online sites have e30 parts, I personally use autopartsway.ca, and/or carquest most of the time. I think I bought my control arms from willz.ca, but that was quite a while ago.
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^^^^ thanks for the tip
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:58 PM   #13
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like said above. if you buy a control arm, your getting both balljoints. I would rather get a replacement outer that you press in for an e30. And where are you going to find "good aftermarket" control arms for $80?
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like said above. if you buy a control arm, your getting both balljoints. I would rather get a replacement outer that you press in for an e30. And where are you going to find "good aftermarket" control arms for $80?
I guess they're a bit more now, listed for $90 each on willz's site. They were Meyle control arms, which I'm pretty sure is a fairly reputable name; not Lemforder, but not as pricey either and they do the trick.

Do the outers wear out more frequently than the inners? If I'm going through the hassle of taking of the control arm, both balljoints are gonna be replaced. I suppose if you could press in a new outer with the arm still on the car, it would be worth it, but I don't know if that's possible. To each their own, just my opinion.
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what is a good brand of ball joints to get?

keep in mind i plan on some autox and might it up a road course or two
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