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I bought a '99 323is a few weeks ago and it had a worn ball-joint. I decided to go ahead and order new Lemfoerder control arms. For some reason I thought they'd come with FCAB's but they did not. I plan to replace all of the bushings eventually but they're not really in too bad of shape. I've got a few questions about the FCAB's:
1. Is the inside diameter of the FCAB a press-fit onto the control arm? If so, how tight? Will I need a press, or can I do it by hand?
2. Is it possible to change FCAB's without removing the control arm from the car? If I replace the control arms now and FCAB's in the spring I don't want to damage the ball-joints by removing them.
3. If I replace just the control arms should I get the car aligned?
The reason for not ordering everything right away is I just bought the car and want to drive it for a while before so I can research what I want to do as far as suspension modifications go. The car is going to be a daily driver, all-season car but I will probably start to take it to lapping days next summer and take my Mustang off the road for an overhaul. Until then I'd like to just drive it so I don't want to go ordering parts I might decide I don't want next year.
If I can't transfer the existing FCAB's onto the new control arms easily then what are your recommendations for FCAB brands and configurations (material/offset etc.) keeping in mind I will be mostly daily driving the car with occasional lapping?
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