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Old 08-14-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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New control arms

I'm having my vehicle serviced this week, and basically repairing anything and everything wrong with it to get it into good shape. I'm replacing the control arms but the shop I'm going to is telling me they're a 250 dollar part......each! Now I realize shops mark items up somewhat to make some profit but that seems insane. I can find replacement ones on TMS for 89usd so around 100cnd+S&H. Is this as insane as I think it is? And if so, any kind of speciality tools required for replacing them at home? I'm assuming I'll have to have an allingment done afterwards.
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:08 PM   #2
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What kind of car do you have? Try www.bimmerspecialist.com. If you call the guy, he'll give you a quote for an aftermarket part. A German company called Lemforter makes control arms for BMW. If you see the BMW part and the aftermarket part, they have the same raised lettering aside from the BMW logo and part number being shaved off. The quotes for my e39 540 were $220 aftermarket vs $340 dealer. You may be able to find one for less from another manufacturer. Control arms aren't cheap though.
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:59 PM   #3
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Yes, control arms aren't cheap, but if you are going to spend that much, spend just a little more and get E30 M3 ones, lighter, stronger = better.
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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Keep in mind most shops that do not deal with BMWs, etc often...will not know any of the good parts suppliers in your area. Your local parts store are not going to give you good prices on german parts.

Local I've called many places and most were $250+ until i found some bmw specific parts suppliers and they were around $150 each.
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