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Old 04-05-2014, 12:59 PM   #101
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If you already have the Meyle HD control arms, the ball joints are replaceable. Why not just get new ball joints to save $?
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If you already have the Meyle HD control arms, the ball joints are replaceable. Why not just get new ball joints to save $?
Are many folks really doing this? I think I have to remove the control arms or the shop will to put them in a press, + the ball joint cost (neither of which I have checked out $$), + the alignment cost.... This way I just bang in the new ones, saving some time & trouble at least.
I could have the Meyle HDs fixed while the new Lemforderers are in the car for next time I need new control arms, which will probably be pretty soon I'm sure.

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Old 04-05-2014, 07:07 PM   #103
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I haven't taken a poll.

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...21126253my.htm
http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...26758510my.htm
Gotta align no matter which way you go.

Rich=just buy whole new arms
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:32 PM   #104
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Hi Stinger,
So that is $75. per side for ball joints, plus the machine shop charge (no idea how much) for pressing them in. So, maybe $100. per side or more?
Or $179. per side for new Lemforderer ZHP complete arms.
Decisions, decisions....

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Old 04-05-2014, 08:43 PM   #105
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You got a plethora of machine shops in Bk to talk yourself into a good deal with them for pressing. It's a few minutes of their time, so reasonable guy might charge twenty bucks for whole deal.

Either way you will end up with good suspension parts.
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You got a plethora of machine shops in Bk to talk yourself into a good deal with them for pressing. It's a few minutes of their time, so reasonable guy might charge twenty bucks for whole deal.
Either way you will end up with good suspension parts.
For me, much of the trouble is in the logistics. It would take longer, I would have to leave my car in pieces & jacked up on a public block, and ride my bike to the machine shop. So, it is a bit of a cost vs time thing. Next time I'll have the Meyle HD arms already out so I can check out the machine shops at my leisure.
Plus, I want to try the ZHP arms; maybe they do feel better!

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If you ever get to the point where you can feel different control arms, my hat's off to you!
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If you ever get to the point where you can feel different control arms, my hat's off to you!
I know, I know. Actually, I hope they last a little longer....
But I do want to feel what the Lemforderer FCABs feel like compared to the Meyle HDs.

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