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Many of you will not have had any issues with the above suspension manufacturer, they are supplied as cheap alternatives by a number of the popular internet based spares dealers, but I want to give my experience as an amateur mechanic.

I bought my first Alfa in 2007 and shortly after buying it was told that the front lower and upper wishbones were shot as well as the track rod ends. I paid to have the uppers changed and then did the rest myself. Approximately 2000 miles later I had a horrible knock from the front right of the car and discovered that the lower wishbone bushes had failed.

Thinking it was a fluke I then replaced the wishbone again (as anyone who has done it can attest this is not a quick job). About 500 miles later the other lower wishbone failed in the same manner.

Not long after that one of the track rod end ball joints began to knock and I discovered the boot had split and the joint had gone sloppy. At the point I got rid of my car the upper wishbones on both sides were knocking.

When I got my GTV I replaced the lower wishbones with Febi items and haven't had any problems. I also replaced the passenger side track rod end with an OCAP item as it was worn (and I hadn't learned).

I have done about 3000 miles since that point and today changed my discs and pads (Brembo Discs + Redstuff pads), the 3000 mile old track rod end ball joint boot had split and the joint was starting to get sloppy.

So my thoughts on the matter are buy cheap buy twice, buying the cheap stuff is quite clearly a false economy.

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