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Old 09-17-2004, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys.

I've got a '92 E34 and I'm going to have to replace the lower control arms (among other things). The car's got aluminum arms on it now, but my parts supplier offers both aluminum and steel, with the steel obviously being cheaper. No one can seem to tell me if it's imperative that I use the aluminum. They all say, "We put on what we take off," which is sensible in an obvious sort of way.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Stock is steel.... upgrade is aluminum due to its light weight ... and strength.... Either way is fine... if your not pushing your car often.. or your not sliding around turns.. then you'll be just fine with steel ones.

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yeah i need the lower control arms also. if they 're the exact same shape and size then i'm going with the steel. I'm not racing the car so i'm going with steel. i can't see it causing a problem except for a slower responce due to the higher unsprung weight.
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Just wanted to say thanks for weighing in on this topic so quickly. I had assumed that the aluminum was for performance, but you just never know.

So, thanks again, you guys are the greatest.
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