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Old 08-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Replacing lower control arms....again.... what brand lasts ?

I have put at least 2-3 sets of lower control arms on myself and I,m only getting 30k miles out of them is that normal?
I,m not getting dealer parts they are from FCP euro.

What brand will stand up to our wonderful roads?

This time I will spend more to get a decent set.
I,m liking R.AUTO because of choicehttp://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php?ck[ID]=0&ck[idlist]=0&ck[viewcurrency]=USD&ck[PHP_SESSION_ID]=ou9esqbkgehmokfcn4fhooj757




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Old 08-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Lemfoerder control arms ONLY unless you get OEM BMW. They're $175 a piece but worth it
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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IMHO - they should last a lot longer - get quality parts and they should last. A cheap part is rarely a good part.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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Lemfoerder control arms ONLY unless you get OEM BMW. They're $175 a piece but worth it
Yep. There may be other brands that've worked out for some people, but I'd go Lemf or OE on a BMW every time.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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Lemfoerder control arms ONLY unless you get OEM BMW. They're $175 a piece but worth it
Never had problem from Lemfoerder/Febi(Bilstein) or Mayle control arms.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #6
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I did have one Febi balljoint wear quickly once, the outer that went into the spindle got a LOT of play within a few months, could have just been a bad flaw. Meyle I have had good luck with.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:57 PM   #7
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And with meyle hd you get replaceable ball joints
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
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I've been using Meyle HD for the last 60k+ miles. Worked out great!

FCP Euro for the most part sells pretty cheap quality/China made products. Steer clear of anything made by URO Parts or Carlyn. Only stick to the known quality parts like Lemfoeder for anything ball joint or suspension related.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:30 AM   #9
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Meyle HD ftw. But e46s were never cursed with the retarded rubber isolated balljoint like nonM e36s were. With those if you're stupid enough to not switch to Meyle HD, you have to do lemforder or oem bmw, anything else will wear thru that rubber isolator sleeve in no time (about 6 months til my e36 started lane changing by itself on the highway again, baljoints solid and tight as new, rubber isolators completely trashed). Or you could get Meyle HD arms to begin with, they are the cheapest lca option for an e36 (like 98a pop from ecs), never worry about stupid rubber **** wearing out too soon and the baljoints are replaceable and cheap. Kind of a no brainer.

Don't forget to upgrade to poly or at least solid rubber lcabs too.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:17 AM   #10
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One more thumbs up for Meyle HD from me.

FCP does indeed have some pretty low quality parts, some are even "no-name". You can always contact them and have them clarify the brand.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:23 AM   #11
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Some good advice here with Lemfoerder and Meyle.

Try www.autohausaz.com
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Meyle HD ftw. But e46s were never cursed with the retarded rubber isolated balljoint like nonM e36s were. With those if you're stupid enough to not switch to Meyle HD, you have to do lemforder or oem bmw, anything else will wear thru that rubber isolator sleeve in no time (about 6 months til my e36 started lane changing by itself on the highway again, baljoints solid and tight as new, rubber isolators completely trashed). Or you could get Meyle HD arms to begin with, they are the cheapest lca option for an e36 (like 98a pop from ecs), never worry about stupid rubber **** wearing out too soon and the baljoints are replaceable and cheap. Kind of a no brainer

Don't forget to upgrade to poly or at least solid rubber lcabs too.
Actually, e46ers were also cursed with the rubber iso ball joints. I just replaced both FCAs and FCABs with Meyle HDs for $355 shipped and a 4 year warranty. They even pre installed the FCABs on the control arms, so all I had to do was bolt it on.

But anyway Meyle HDs for the reasons Roman mentioned.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:10 PM   #13
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Ordered some Lemfoerders and just put them on...its hard to see inside the joint to see if they are better engineered or not so time will tell.
I paid $256 shipped for the pair so a nice deal too
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You may have a try on HexAutoParts.com, i just received the LCAs for my E46.

95$ Front Lower Control Arms with Ball Joint & Bushing Package Include:

(1) LH (Driver Side) Front Lower control arm
(1) RH (Passenger Side) Front Lower control arm
(1) LH (Driver Side) Bushing with bracket
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Those transformation will come in to that point easily PhenQ
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