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      12-22-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Wat are the difference between these upgraded M3 control arms?

Looking to get upgraded M3 lower/upper control arms, found these at turner Motor Sports...but there are (2) options and wanted to know the difference since one is $216.00 more in price....why?

Link to control arms:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-12...t-e82-e9x.aspx

Choice #1: OEM TRW brand (E9X-M3-TRW-CONTROL-ARM-UPGRADE)

Choice #2:all Original BMW parts (E9X-M3-CONTROL-ARM-UPGRADE), Add $216.00 (USD)
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One is BMW branded, the other is made by the same company but is "OE" branded rather than BMW branded. Other than that they are identical.
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One is BMW branded, the other is made by the same company but is "OE" branded rather than BMW branded. Other than that they are identical.
So basically you are paying for a $216.00 BMW stamp lol!!
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So basically you are paying for a $216.00 BMW stamp lol!!
And whats funny is on the TRW arms, the area where the M stamp would be is ground off. So the M is still there (I could see the edges on mine) showing you its an identical part.
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And whats funny is on the TRW arms, the area where the M stamp would be is ground off. So the M is still there (I could see the edges on mine) showing you its an identical part.
WTF??!! Do you like the TRW...I assumed will notice big difference over my shock ones?

Here is what I want to get:

Control arms: (TRW after talking to you)

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-12...t-e82-e9x.aspx

M3 rear guide rod:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-12...t-e82-e9x.aspx

M3 upper link:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-12...t-e82-e9x.aspx

BC BR coilovers:

http://www.flushstance.com/bcracing-coilovers/bmw/

Hotchkis sport sway bars:

http://www.hotchkis.net/bmw_e90_e92_...sway_bars.html
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The M3 guide rods and upper links aren't really needed; not to say they aren't an improvement but I think the consensus is that the improvement is so small relative to the cost that its not worth it.

If I was going to replace the guide rod and upper link, I'd do it with AKG control arms.

I'd be wary of buying anything from a place called "flushstance" ...

I don't have any real data on the swaybars. The hotchkiss are probably fine but I'd look for ones that are adjustable. Thats what made me get the UUC bars.
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The M3 guide rods and upper links aren't really needed; not to say they aren't an improvement but I think the consensus is that the improvement is so small relative to the cost that its not worth it.

If I was going to replace the guide rod and upper link, I'd do it with AKG control arms.

I'd be wary of buying anything from a place called "flushstance" ...

I don't have any real data on the swaybars. The hotchkiss are probably fine but I'd look for ones that are adjustable. Thats what made me get the UUC bars.
great info! The BC BR "flush stance" go lower than normal....I am getting regular stance. I am on H&R springs and it s a bit low, when I get oil overs I wanted them to only go maybe 1"+ lower than stock.
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