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sure they will do the job. people say that cheap arms dont last as long so its a gamble you have to weigh up in your own mind, buy cheap and hope they last okay or go for slightly better quality ones.

I dont mind going for cheap ones myself.

For me half the issue is incorrect fitting, top arms esp need to be properly greased to maintain the bushes on either side of the arm. people either don't do this or doing do anything like enough so the joint is dry, it moves, rubs and wears out.

pays ya money ya takes ya chances mate!
 

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Problem is that when they are that cheap to have to ask yourself "Why?" ... unlikely to be unbranded and not of very high quality and you'll be replacing them again in a couple of months.

Pay more and get them from a reputable source, and a quality brand name.

Remember that after a while all that wear will also start to take it's toll on the upper wishbone bolt ... the big long one ... that starts to wear and it appears to be the bushes. You'll only find out when it's all back together and it still knocks! Worth replacing both bolts at some time too.


There are lots of recent posts on here about cheap arms .. try the search option.
 

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Thanks for that guys, I do a lot of mileage here in Ireland and a lot of the roads are still crap so I think I'll try 'em and see how they go. Compared to 475 euro I was qouted here I reckon they're worth a shot.
 

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I had an upper arm replaced on my 159 (previous car) and it was an non-Alfa part. Was back at the garage having it replaced inside a thousand miles. Just fell to pieces. The Alfa part went on, no problems from then on.

Some cheaper parts are pretty good, but it can be a bit of a gamble at times.

Certainly worth a go.
 

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Value and price are two different things! If you can do the work yourself and have a warm garage (it's cold at this time of the year) then the cheap ones may be good value.

Have a look at EBSpares (I have given the link below) and some of the other suppliers. EB are probably the most long lived supplier; I have been using them for 30 years and they were around a long time before I started.

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Yes, I've used Eb before and they're great, but I reckon it'll take me an afternoon to fit the lot so I'll give it a go this time & see how long they last.
 

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Hi y'all,
anybody got any experience of using these parts? They seem to be very good value, but you know sometimes if it's too good to be true etc etc.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALFA-147-1-6-16V-TS-01-FRONT-UPPER-LOWER-SUSPENSION-ARMS-DROP-LINKS-KIT-/300628602988
please remember this ......100% feed back .....yeah great price and delivered quick :thumbs:

downside>>>>>>>>>>> fell apart after whenever .........cant give negative feed back

if ya selling ya car YES if ya keeping it ...DONT GO THERE....im sure there is better quality out there for a few more quid more
 

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Hi y'all,
anybody got any experience of using these parts? They seem to be very good value, but you know sometimes if it's too good to be true etc etc.


I fitted this complete set from this eBay supplier 4500 miles ago. No problems yet.
I was very unhappy though about paying EB Spares £38.40 for just two upper wishbone replacement long bolts!
As others say there are endless discussions on here on this subject. I don't believe there is a definative answer OME against eBay.
 

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i bought cheapish set off ebay for my car had them on it a year and done 6,000 miles in that time, still fine, had plenty of freezing weather and cold damp mornings in that time and she never uttered a squeak! can be luck of draw but as I said, correct fitting helps!
 

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correct fitting does help.........garages dont allways do it properly!!!

just give a liberal coat of silicone grease to bushed and bolt..........dont assume a garage will do this...!!
and u cannot do it properly on car.....drop the leg out, do not try to just do it be removing the bolt on car.....on a bench u can grease everything properly, inside and out

i used cheap ones still going strong and quiet as a mouse :)
 

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Ok the plot thickens! I still think I'll give the cheap ones a go, at £99 it won't be an expensive exercise. Like I said earlier, I do a lot of miles so it shouldn't take too long to find out if they are a do or don't... I'll post the results for sure.
 

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i have a top arm and a bottom arm from ebay, the top arm was £20 and the bottom was £42 including postage
to Ireland.i have not fitted them yet, but will do so in the coming weeks.i am looking to replace the drivers side with a second hand strut because i need a wheel bearing, shock and a cv joint. i may buy new arms. i will also let you know if they are worth it.
 

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Whats the typical labour (in hours) for doing the upper and lower wishbones on both sides (at an Alfa specialist obviously)?
 

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Some of the pattern ones have the rear bushes mounted on the arms at a slightly wrong angle, and it makes fitting them a real pain in the rear. Not a problem if you have the subframe off but if you are just doing the bottom arms and nothing else, you can be fighting with them for hours.
 

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Some of the pattern ones have the rear bushes mounted on the arms at a slightly wrong angle, and it makes fitting them a real pain in the rear. Not a problem if you have the subframe off but if you are just doing the bottom arms and nothing else, you can be fighting with them for hours.
And hours and hours and hours and hours just like I did with mine. The trick is to fit the balljoint end first and then wriggle the other 4 bolts into position while everything is still loose. A dirty great breaker bar helps no end
 

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Easier still ... take the strut, hub and driveshaft out. When the new arm is in put it back, hook the balljoint back into the hub mount as you move the strut back in place. Takes a bit longer, but far less profanities!!! ;)

The problem with the "force the bushes into place idea" is that if you are out, you can cross-thread the rear bushes very, very easily. Got the T-Shirt! :(
 
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