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Old 12-10-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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My Ride: '03 330i - sport pkg
Control Arms - Sport Package

I've been sifting through threads on the subject and its not getting any clearer.

Replacing the control arms on my 330i sport package. Are the control arms the same on sport vs. non-sport?

On ECS, some of the control arms specify whether they are or are not compatible with the sport suspension. The Meyle HD kit does not make any distinction. They also list ZHP arms that are "Genuine BMW" and "Lemforder"... i thought Lem was OEM?
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:13 PM   #2
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order meyle hd from autohausaz, it's better
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:30 AM   #3
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i installed Meyle HD on my 328i sport package. Fit perfect.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:27 PM   #4
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Yes the sport and standard are different. Apparently the outer ball joint is set at a different angle on the sport. The casting also looks visibly different. I found a site that had pictures of the standard, sport, Xi and M - they all look different. Having said that the Meyle HD ones claim to fit both standard and sport. I'm not 100% sure but I think the ZHP package is not the same as the sport package and is different again.

Lemforder do supply BMW, but the ones they sell direct to the public may or may not be the same as the ones they supply to BMW.

I've replaced mine twice now. First time I went with the cheapest sport ones I could find - the outer ball joints lasted about 18 months. Second time I went with Lemforder. The're lasting better but the car now pulls slightly to the left ( on a flat road) however I set up the camber / toe on the front and or rear. If I change them again, I'll try Meyle HD ones.
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