Lower control arm Z3 M

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Zippy181054
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Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Zippy181054 » Mon 22 Oct, 2018 16:15

Anybody know where I can source a pair of lower control arms for my M Roadster 1998, or are the standard Z3 control arms the same? Thanks

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Re: Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Gazza » Mon 22 Oct, 2018 17:43

Www.reaioem.com lists the lower arm as different for the Z3M to all other Z’s

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Euro carparts list them, two brands, £84.99 and £128.99 each
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Re: Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Zippy181054 » Mon 22 Oct, 2018 19:05

Thank you Gazza will try them tomorrow

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Re: Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Zippy181054 » Fri 26 Oct, 2018 12:49

Bought these from Euro car parts with an additional 35% discount, £110 the pair, getting them fitted Tuesday as I can't seem to get to the middle ball joint nut from ground level and don't have a ramp.

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Re: Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Gazza » Fri 26 Oct, 2018 16:12

I’ve heard that joint is a pain.

Great result on the price
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Re: Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Del » Sat 27 Oct, 2018 21:00

On my 1.9, I accessed them from above using a couple of connected half-inch socket extensions and a flexi-joint - this gave just enough wriggle room. On your M I am guessing the engine bay is a little more cramped? :) From below I then simply drove a splitter fork between the ball joint and chassis crossmember. Once the drop-links are disconnected with the car level, the control arms can be tackled individually by jacking up each side in turn.

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Re: Lower control arm Z3 M

Post by Zippy181054 » Sun 28 Oct, 2018 00:18

Thanks Del, I think the set up is slightly different on the M where it needs to be raised, not only that I got a spanking price on fitting the pair, hardly worth dirtying my hands

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