1999 E46 316i - Replacing one front control arm with a Meyle arm

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    I can't think of a reason why not, but is it OK to replace just one front control arm?
    I'll be keeping the old bush as it seems in good order, unless you chaps tell me it will get broken during removal or something.

    I'll be buying the Meyle HD arm, but notice that more often than not, they are sold in pairs, so that got me thinking that there was some reason for this other than economics.
    I seem to remember reading about how the ride was stiffer with the Meyle arm, so I don't want a badly matched set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jam316 View Post
    I can't think of a reason why not, but is it OK to replace just one front control arm?
    I'll be keeping the old bush as it seems in good order, unless you chaps tell me it will get broken during removal or something.

    I'll be buying the Meyle HD arm, but notice that more often than not, they are sold in pairs, so that got me thinking that there was some reason for this other than economics.
    I seem to remember reading about how the ride was stiffer with the Meyle arm, so I don't want a badly matched set up.
    Buying one arm is fine but I would replace the bushes while you are at it, at £55 for pair (Meyle, don't buy cheaper) it makes sense as you may pull the centre out your exisiting one when you try to remove the wishbone.

    General rule with bushes/shocks/brake pads is to change both side at the same time
     
     

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    OK, thanks. Both bushes makes sense, especially if one are likely to break on removing it.

    I would be tempted to replace both arms completely, but bit skint at the moment.
     
     

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    Would suggest changing both and NOT only one.
     
     

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    Bushes or arms, do you mean.
     
     

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    Oh dear. I took a long time making a decision and I ordered an arm from allgermanparts which arrived quickly today. Even though I was sure I clicked the Meyle part, a Lemforder one has been sent. I am trusting that they will send the Meyle part if I reorder and collect the Lemforder in exchange, even though I must have made a mistake.

    One bit I'm confused about though is the delivery note. It's from ZF Services UK Ltd and all TandsCs are on the ZF website apparently. I imagine the order was fulfilled through ZF via allgermanparts, but there's no mention of allgermanparts on the paperwork.

    Is this normal for allgermanparts? I've never used them before but will do again as their delivery is quick.
     
     

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