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Old 04-05-2019, 10:57 AM   #1
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Its not one of those repetitive questions asked time and time again but this time its something that I need the advice of proper knowledgeable people on.
So the car in question is a non sport model with AC SCHNITZER LOWER SPRINGS (its how the dealership sold it) and needs the control arms replaced. I basically need to know whether I should purchase the lemforder non sport arms or sport arm. I want to steer clear of meyle products as I had a bad experience so pretty much stuck with lemforder
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:02 AM   #2
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They'll both fit, the sport arms are a bit heavier duty.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:39 AM   #3
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So what benefit is there from the sport arms and will they suit the car better? Will the ride quality be affected?
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:01 PM   #4
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I have the ZHP Lemforder arms, and if they are the same as what you refer to as "sport arms" then you should buy them. They are good. Ride quality not affected, handling not affected. Maybe both improved even by some small amount not immediately noticed by myself. The difference is the ball joints have metal cups as opposed to plastic in the standard arms, and therefore last longer. They are simply more robust which is reason enough for me.
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I have the ZHP Lemforder arms, and if they are the same as what you refer to as "sport arms" then you should buy them. They are good. Ride quality not affected, handling not affected. Maybe both improved even by some small amount not immediately noticed by myself. The difference is the ball joints have metal cups as opposed to plastic in the standard arms, and therefore last longer. They are simply more robust which is reason enough for me.
I have the same and they are great, but I would not buy them if you don't have the S338A sports package. Save the $60. Geometry is the same, sport has a little beefier ball joints, but if you get at FCP then when they fail you send them back.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:26 PM   #6
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I have the same and they are great, but I would not buy them if you don't have the S338A sports package. Save the $60. Geometry is the same, sport has a little beefier ball joints, but if you get at FCP then when they fail you send them back.
By that line of reasoning why get them even if you do have S338A?
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Honestly, I did it to replace what I had, but really no good reason as long as you buy from FcP and can get them replaced when they fail
Your reasoning is weird. For my part I'd rather have the better made piece, simply because it will last much longer. Having to send parts back to FCP, go through that whole verification process and so forth, ship them the old part and have the car laid up & scattered about for a week or two while I wait for the new one hell no, that's way too much hassle. No offense intended but you ain't thinking right. My time is worth more than that, and I don't like having a car torn down for any length of time just sitting in the driveway. It's untidy.

Makes zero sense to me. Just buy the better part and be done with it. Furthermore OP is in Scotland which makes your FCP advice kinda useless. Unless the guy just likes to wait around for parts ad infinitum.
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Your reasoning is weird. For my part I'd rather have the better made piece, simply because it will last much longer. Having to send parts back to FCP, go through that whole verification process and so forth, ship them the old part and have the car laid up & scattered about for a week or two while I wait for the new one hell no, that's way too much hassle. No offense intended but you ain't thinking right. My time is worth more than that, and I don't like having a car torn down for any length of time just sitting in the driveway. It's untidy.

Makes zero sense to me. Just buy the better part and be done with it.
You order the replacement part before any warranty claim can be submitted. No needless downtime there. Refreshing several items at once & sending a bulk shipment of replaced parts is best imo. If you live near FCP, driving with a bulk of parts may be best.
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You order the replacement part before any warranty claim can be submitted. No needless downtime there. Refreshing several items at once & sending a bulk shipment of replaced parts is best imo. If you live near FCP, driving with a bulk of parts may be best.
No needless downtime? Do you drive your car when it's broken then? Because I don't. I say again, read the fine print. Far too much hassle just to get free replacement parts. If you're that friggin cheap I suggest owning a Toyota instead. An alternator that fails after 3 months, well yes. Replacement in about an hour if you take your time. Worth it to submit for free replacement. Control arms? Buy the better part in the first place because replacing those is a job and a half. We got people actually sending their used oil and brake pads back to FCP for replacement. That's absurd.

As I said before OP lives in Scotland which is nowhere near FCP and it's golden lifetime free replacement policy which apparently people think is fine to abuse.
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I'mma pay an extra $60 if it means a longer period before I have to do that job again.
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