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Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party #1383085
06/10/2012 22:25
06/10/2012 22:25

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Hi all,

new post since my last enquiry about D2's, the car is theoretically ready for 4 wheel alignment after installation of D2's, 22mm Whiteline, trailing arm repair kit, solid rear bushes, track rod ends etc.

However I just found there's a play in both wishbone ball joints (NB got them as OEM and polybushed not even a year ago - must be Aberdeen roads:-)).

Now, what do people think about aftermarket wishbones, I've heard stories about poor quality and also differences in particular dimensions, however I don't feel like I'm going to get an expensive Fiat arms and polybush them every year (job is a PITA)?

Cheers,
Artur

Last edited by Skipper69; 06/10/2012 22:26.
Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1383092
06/10/2012 22:43
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A year sounds pretty quick for OE wishbone ball joints to go but I guess if you stiffen up the bushes with polyurethane then that energy has to be transferred to the next weakest point in line.

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1383093
06/10/2012 22:48
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Yeah, you might be right, ball joints are becoming the weakest point, thing is it would be far easier if we could change the ball joints and not the whole arm, especially if it's getting polybushed, now I wonder if I go Powerflex way any more since the ball joints fail so quickly.

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1383162
07/10/2012 12:11
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Don't use aftermarket wishbones - they simply aren't up to the job

I've had polybushed wishbones for the last seven or eight years and I've only just gone through my second pair of arms (circa 25,000 miles a year)


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Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1383163
07/10/2012 12:33
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That's a good result, Nigel.

I got mines as OEM from AA last year and the ball joints are gone.
Well, I'll give them one more try as I need to finish off my suspension next week.

Cheers guys.

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1438897
21/07/2013 16:20
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just bought these
http://www.ebay.it/itm/2-BRACCI-ANTERIOR...=item27bf760cea

pretty cheap,i will inform if last long enough with
my go-kart suspension set up laugh

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1449889
25/09/2013 17:18
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What a price! Please let us know if they actually turn up!

Be interesting to hear your opinion on quality, components and fitting!

Cheers

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1449998
26/09/2013 09:38
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the wishbone are set now in my car, quality at my knowledge
it seems equal to oem (design,weight..)

right now everything is ok after 1000km

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1450971
01/10/2013 20:21
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I just got a set of these from Steve at Alternative Autos. Look great to me, really great. Got the track rod ends and the drop links aswell. Nice packaging and an absolute bargain!

Fitting Thursday at Rogers.

Re: Wishbones-OEM or 3rd party [Re: ] #1451745
07/10/2013 07:36
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me too have seen the drop links and track rod ends
i was tempted to buy and make the whole lot new
for a bargain


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