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Old 03-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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Suspension kit, on the fence. Wheres mango at?

So my handling has been crappy lately mostly because of winter tires but my aging car (100,000+ miles) is getting older and wearing out. Below is a list (in order) of what I have replaced.

-front swaybar links (helped a tiny bit)
-front control arm bushings (great improvement)
-tie rod ends
-rear shock mounts

Here is my general question which i have asked before but only got a so so answer. Control arms are my next thing on the to list as well as rtabs. Should i buy new fcabs or just try and pull off the relatively new 3000 mile lemforder fcabs i currently have and put them on new control arms?

Just need an answer because i buy the stage 1 kit it is a little cheaper then buying it all seperately however i hope i can just buy the arms only.

Thanks for the help. Also struts shocks and springs are all relatively new.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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Anybody?
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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The FCABs have only 3000 miles on them? Is that a urethane bushing?

I'd reuse them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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define "crappy handling"
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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Well going around corners hard it feels as if the front wheels are almost going to slip. I know i need control arms but are my 3k mile lemforder bushings reusable or waste of cash
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:57 PM   #6
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they should be fine as long as they are removed without destroy them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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Thats what i was thinking. Any tips on how to do so? Maybe a c clamp or gear puller? Thanks guys
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