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Old 02-10-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Best Rear Lower Control Arms for under $200?

As the title says. What is the best rear lower control arm for under $200? Why? How long have you had it? Noisy? Quiet? Where did you buy from? How does the adjustable part work? I want stock camber. With these arms, does the camber fall out of alignment easily?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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I beg to differ.
and why is that, exactly?

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Old 02-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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and why is that, exactly?

this will be fun.
More adjustability, stronger, lighter, looks better.
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More adjustability, stronger, lighter, looks better.
1) You said you wanted to retain stock camber. What exactly are you adjusting and why?

2) Stronger--exactly how would stronger be better? (I know why this isn't true, but will reserve my answer for later)

3) Lighter? How so?

4) Looks? These aren't civics. The underbody should be hidden as much as possible.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
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In the end it is just a rear control arm. I have the same type on mine except blue. They have held up to track days. I purchased the cheap ebay ones after my AKG Motorsport ones seized.
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Hmm interesting. Thanks. And yes, MangoMax, I don't want them to stick out, but I want them to be like a nice pair of socks that become visible when the suit leg rises up when I sit down. And I guess it is just a control arm. Maybe stock would the safest. Seems like these things aren't too durable
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They are plenty durable. They're both strong AND weak where they need to be. Guess what happens to your solid aftermarket control arm when you strike a curb...

Nothing. That's the problem.

As far as stiffening the stock arm for track purposes, there's reinforcement kits you can weld on. basically consists of a few sheets of metal you weld on. bracing.

Seems like you just want to buy it for the sake of having it. Totally unnecessary and the stock arms are 100x better IMO than any aftermarket junk.
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Found brand new Lemforders for $88 together at FCP Euro. Thanks Mango.

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They are plenty durable. They're both strong AND weak where they need to be. Guess what happens to your solid aftermarket control arm when you strike a curb...

Nothing. That's the problem.

As far as stiffening the stock arm for track purposes, there's reinforcement kits you can weld on. basically consists of a few sheets of metal you weld on. bracing.

Seems like you just want to buy it for the sake of having it. Totally unnecessary and the stock arms are 100x better IMO than any aftermarket junk.
That's an odd claim to make. Stock arms are fine for stock purposes, but once you require the need for adjustment the stock arms use becomes limited. The arm isn't stiffened for track purposes as the arm isn't a high stress item. The flimsy stock arms are a testament to that.
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That's an odd claim to make. Stock arms are fine for stock purposes, but once you require the need for adjustment the stock arms use becomes limited. The arm isn't stiffened for track purposes as the arm isn't a high stress item. The flimsy stock arms are a testament to that.
OP said he wanted to retain stock camber.
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That's an odd claim to make. Stock arms are fine for stock purposes, but once you require the need for adjustment the stock arms use becomes limited. The arm isn't stiffened for track purposes as the arm isn't a high stress item. The flimsy stock arms are a testament to that.
Oh and by the way, please do your research before making a claim.

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OP already made a wise choice by getting OE spec arms. Aftermarket solid arms are a waste of money and honestly dangerous to your car and potentially you. Plus they look trashy
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OP already made a wise choice by getting OE spec arms. Aftermarket solid arms are a waste of money and honestly dangerous to your car and potentially you. Plus they look trashy
I will take my many years of actual track experience. Thanks though.

Something that can't be seen is trashy looking?

How are solid arms a waste of money and dangerous? Some people require the adjustment they provide. Because they don't support your needs doesn't mean they don't support the needs of someone else.
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I will take my many years of actual track experience. Thanks though.

Something that can't be seen is trashy looking?

How are solid arms a waste of money and dangerous? Some people require the adjustment they provide. Because they don't support your needs doesn't mean they don't support the needs of someone else.
You said rear control arms on E46s aren't stiffened for track purposes. Did you know BMW does?

Also nobody said they didn't offer the adjustment they provided. My response was for the OP who said he wanted to retain stock camber. This is the OP's thread, not yours.

And yes you can see them, especially when they're being installed.

How are they dangerous? Do you know what they do and how they work?? Something tells me you aren't clear on the basics of how these cars work???
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Yeh you can't miss them.. Lol.. ;P
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