Loving my red
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Don't buy non-genuine front wishbones!
As part of my mamouth car rebuild, I'm renewing every part of the suspension (front and rear arms, front and rear shocks, roll bar bushes etc).
As I've spent quite a bit already, so I thought I would economise on the front arms and bought a pair off ebay.
When they arrived, I removed the (non-genuine) arms that were on the car and was very suprised to find the bolts that held the arms to the subframe were in very poor condition and the majority were cross threaded!
I didn't want to use the manky bolts again so I bought a whole bunch of new ones from Alfa Romeo themselves. About £50 delivered along with a couple of other minor bits and bobs!
Then, when I tried to fit my (pattern) new arms, I found one didn't line up quite correctly with the holes in the subframe - forcing me to cross thread the bolts if I wanted the arms to go on. I tried for a couple of hours to get the bolts to go in straight but it just wasn't going to happen. I certainly wasn't going to cross thread anything so I left that side and tried the other. That fitted ok, but as soon as I tightened the bolts up, the nuts in the arm stripped!
So, the new pattern arms are now in the bin and I have two new, beautiful, genuine, Alfa arms fitted to the front that went on easily, with no stripped threads or crossed threads.
Don't skimp on these parts - its just not worth it.
For info, I bought the genuine arms from shop4parts (over the phone - genuine ones are not on their website) for about £70 each.
I just hope I can save someone else the hassle and wasted time the cheap ones can cause.