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Old 04-06-2004, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ghead yeah does any one know how much a ball joint on the suspension will cost, because my sounds like its about to go.
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All depends on year and model. For a 93 325i you're looking at $30-$50 depending on front or rear plus labor.
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I'm pretty sure all year/model E36 balljoints are exactly the same. They run about $40 each. I'm not sure if M3 balljoints are stiffer. However, they have a different part number. I haven't heard of anyone using M3 balljoints because they are an improvement over the standard E36 ones.

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find a company called meyle (i think its called) i got a set and they are suppose to be a huge upgrade. and to tell you the truth, they are. its much stiffer in the front now. very tight
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If you want to do the work yourself, you can buy new control arms with new ball joints already pressed in (which can save you some headache). It was worth it for me and while I was at it, I replaced by badly worn control arm bushings with better 95 M3 bushings which are solid and offset. This has had the effect of increasing my caster and giving me tighter steering at high speeds. I am pleased with the result. I can give you the place where I ordered them online and the cost tommorow.
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I bought my control arms with ball joints pressed in from Bimmerworld (http://www.bimmerworld.com)

They were $99 each control arm.
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1...2...3...nice car!!
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