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    I posted this earlier, but in the wrong place it seems.

    I think I've found out why my car tramlines on uneven surfaces.

    The inner balljoint on the control arm is worn. I can feel slight movement when someone is turning the steering wheel and I've got my hand on the balljoint.

    The balljoint is part of the control arm and not available seperately, which is a real pain as the cost of a new control arm is stupid.

    So, as I have to buy one, which do you chaps think is the best place to get one, considering I have just bought the car so money is tight.

    So you know, the offending balljoint is on the drivers side control arm, which interestingly was only replaced a few months ago according to receipts in the handbook wallet. That was from GSF, so I don't think they would be my favourite supplier.

    Meyle are expensive, but I don't want to skimp either.
     
     

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    I've only ever bought genuine BMW for wishbone/ control arm. Important bit of kit.

    You could try Quarry Motors. They've got a section on this forum http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...quests-t20646/

    and an ebay shop... + if you mention bimmerforums, they even give you money off!
     
     

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    euro car parts ?
    GSF are usally pretty good,i've had loads of bits off them and they have been fine....so far
     
     

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    have corrected your thread title for you
     
     

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    See my reply to your original post, Meyle HD parts... can't beat them, £210 delivered with loolypop bushes from BM Bitz in Essex

    Always get the wheels tracked afterwards, mine were way out when the wishbones were replaced
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrenj1979 View Post
    I've only ever bought genuine BMW for wishbone/ control arm. Important bit of kit.

    You could try Quarry Motors. They've got a section on this forum http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...quests-t20646/

    and an ebay shop... + if you mention bimmerforums, they even give you money off!
    Cheers. Money off, I like that.
     
     

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    have corrected your thread title for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by E36 lover View Post
    euro car parts ?
    GSF are usally pretty good,i've had loads of bits off them and they have been fine....so far
    Just checked the invoice and it was Euro, not GSF that supplied the last control arm. It was bought, but I don't believe it was fitted though, as it can't have worn out in just a few months.

    Confusingly, an old MOT mentions wear in the n/s balljoint, not the o/s. I've checked and that seems fine, so I think either the invoice is wrong or the MOT tester got it wrong.

    I'll probably end up doing both, with new bushes. Should have checked more closely when I bought it...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrenj1979 View Post
    I've only ever bought genuine BMW for wishbone/ control arm. Important bit of kit.

    You could try Quarry Motors. They've got a section on this forum http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...quests-t20646/

    and an ebay shop... + if you mention bimmerforums, they even give you money off!
    I'll have a look at them on ebay, as that link doesn't work.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jam316 View Post
    I'll have a look at them on ebay, as that link doesn't work.
    No worries mate, blame my dodgy cut & paste technique!

    You can also find them on the main menu (near the bottom) of Bimmerforums under 'Bimmerforums vendors'. There are other vendors there who might be of use also.

    Or if you can't see the part on the ebay shop, you could give em' a call on 01142 755916 during office hours.
     
     

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