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Old 11-16-2009, 08:00 AM   #1
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Arrow meyle control arm kit Diy?

Alright so i really need to replace my control arms (cause someone decided to make it impossible to just replace the bushings and im thinking its the general consensus that if you buy one, you buy it from ecs and thats probably the plan here i just want to hear from someone whose installed one themself about how painfull or wonderful your experience was. my cars a 323ci by the way. Can i do it without expensive magic tools? ecs guys, convince me.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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not that bad if you have a lift
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:38 AM   #3
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yeah that would be too convenient though. can i do one side at a time with a jack?
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:17 AM   #4
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Use Jack stands and impact tools
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Its not bad at all and there are plenty of diys on here. 4 bolts for the crossmember. 2 bolts on each bushing and 2 bolts on each arm. get a pickle fork and a BFH.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:59 AM   #6
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Its not bad at all and there are plenty of diys on here. 4 bolts for the crossmember. 2 bolts on each bushing and 2 bolts on each arm. get a pickle fork and a BFH.
+1. I'm a novice and I changed CA's and bushings in like 3 hours. And don't be afraid to hit that pickle fork with the BFH! (pickle fork is the all-star of this DIY).

Oh, don't forget the alignment afterwards.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #7
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so do i get a pickel fork at the grocerie store what the heck is that man sorry guess im a noob but thanks for the feedback expected an attack of ecs salesmen but thats cool.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #8
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I bought my pickle fork at Sears Hardware. Check around, I'm sure most auto/tool stores carry them.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:30 PM   #9
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oh so its not a kitchen utensil its like 10.99 for a kit at northern hydraulics. better than 75 an hour at a shop forget that.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:41 PM   #10
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one more thing... apart from tools does the kit realy have EVERYTHING like bolts and all?
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:00 AM   #12
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alright so i installed them in my garage about a week ago and i was very impressed at how easy it was and very suprized at how hard it was to get to some of the bolts and how stuck they are even without the bolts but the pickel fork (which i rented from autozone for free) was a lifesaver. suspension feels much tighter around turns and i am glad i did it myself instead of paying a grand to do it at the local shop.... 350 bucks sounds a lot better to me. thanks everyone.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:22 AM   #13
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The only thing I can add is that it's easier to whack the joints with the pickle fork by taking the one on the outside (next to the brakes) first and then the ball joint second.
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