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Title: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: qbanista on June 30, 2019, 11:59:51 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm searching online for the best deal on a pair of front lower control arms and I was stumped to see the price range:
£80 for makes like OCAP, FAI, MAXGEAR etc.
£140 for LEMFORDER, BLUEPRINT, JAPANPARTS etc.
£200 for ASHIKA etc.

What would be your advice on choosing a reliable product without breaking the bank?

As I understand, they are all made to OEM specification, but what exactly could stand behind the price difference? 

I'll be grateful to hear about your experiences / recommendations. Thanks!
Title: Re: Spare parts manufacturer recommendation
Post by: audioslaven on July 01, 2019, 11:13:33 PM
Take a look on ebay as I picked up the genuine arm for around 60 sterling. You could buy genuine bushes and get them pressed in but if you are going for the complete arm, based on your list I would select Lemforder.
Title: Re: Spare parts manufacturer recommendation
Post by: Engineer Andy on July 02, 2019, 01:43:51 PM
What was the price of the actual Mazda OEMs by the way?  Always worth check, at least for comparison with pattern parts.  My Mazda OEM clutch was within a few Quid of the Bosch equivalent, and that included the difference between having the former fitted at my local Mazda dealership and the latter at an indie.
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: audioslaven on July 04, 2019, 09:19:30 PM
I didn't check as I was getting OEM for 65 sterling on ebay so this was unreal. I would say around 200 as a guess. Lemforder were around 80 sterling
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: qbanista on July 05, 2019, 04:55:28 PM
My local Mazda quoted me £585 for a pair of arms fitted  ??? They also seemed to ignore my enquiry regarding the cost of parts only. So that's out of the question. And I wasn't able to find any OEM's online.

I don't mind using aftermarket parts, especially when I can get them fitted locally. With little to no experience in mechanics, choosing parts that won't be too expensive but still relatively reliable is quite an issue though.

Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: audioslaven on July 05, 2019, 11:59:01 PM
see here, lemforder for around 90 euro https://www.mister-auto.ie/suspension-arm-track-control-arm/lemforder-35906-01_g273_a03535906!01.html (https://www.mister-auto.ie/suspension-arm-track-control-arm/lemforder-35906-01_g273_a03535906!01.html)

I think I have your car with all here https://www.mister-auto.ie/suspension-arm-track-control-arm/mazda-3-bk-1-6-105hp_v17669_g273.html (https://www.mister-auto.ie/suspension-arm-track-control-arm/mazda-3-bk-1-6-105hp_v17669_g273.html)
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: qbanista on July 07, 2019, 11:58:21 AM
Thanks. I've seen they also sell the same parts on eBay, slightly cheaper.

So I guess it would be reasonable to ignore the cheapest makes, which Mister Auto apparently doesn't even stock. It leaves me with a few possible mid-range options and I wonder if any of them stand out particularly in terms of quality:

FEBI BILSTEIN £142
DELPHI £146
MOOG £150
BLUE PRINT £152
LEMFÖRDER £158
HERTH+BUSS £164
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: audioslaven on July 07, 2019, 11:08:18 PM
The other option is to change the bushion in the arm. Buy a genuine bushion and get it pressed in.
I was going to do this until I found genuine arms for relatively cheap cash
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: qbanista on July 08, 2019, 05:52:52 AM
Yeah, my go-to mechanic said that it could be done this way, but pressing the bushings requires much more labour, which could even level out the total cost difference. And you'll never know if it has been done 100% properly... So I opted for the complete control arms replacement instead.

As it's not an urgent matter, I think I will try and wait for some kind of daily offer, which they often do online, and get one of the options from the list. Fair shout for recommending Lemforder, it may be my first choice.

Btw, did you have to get the wheels aligned after replacing these parts?
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: audioslaven on July 08, 2019, 11:38:14 PM
Lemforder are OEM for BMW so they would be decent. I have used their drop links and they were good quality.
Yes you need to get the tracking done. Keep an eye on ebay. I will post the ebay seller I used if I can find it
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: audioslaven on July 08, 2019, 11:43:21 PM
Ok I found the seller. You should fire off an email to them with your VIN and they will see if they have any. This is the one I bought
https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Genuine-Mazda-3-5-front-lower-suspension-arm-new-B32H-34-300D/223140786469?hash=item33f43a3125:g:SLQAAOSwJjpbl754 (https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Genuine-Mazda-3-5-front-lower-suspension-arm-new-B32H-34-300D/223140786469?hash=item33f43a3125:g:SLQAAOSwJjpbl754)
Title: Re: Aftermarket parts recommendation
Post by: qbanista on July 09, 2019, 05:44:18 PM
Thanks very much for that! Unfortunately, they don't have any in stock at the moment. I'll keep an eye out for a decent deal till the end of the month.