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Old 04-05-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
SubWRX09
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So I took my 09 WRX for an alignment last weekend and I got some terrible news. They said they couldn't do the alignment because the right front control arm is bent (tough winter). They wanted to charge me like $525 for the control arm and the labor and everything. Well I said F that and I bought the control arm myself.

My question is do any of you guys know where I can get it replaced for cheaper? I live in Lake County, Illinois.

Also if anyone can help me and tell me how I can do it myself I'd appreciate that too!
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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To do it yourself (from memory):
** be warned, you will break 3/8" drive ratchets or 12-point sockets. If you don't have 1/2" drive tools or muscles, don't attempt.**

1. Get the front of the car on jackstands. (Break loose your lugnuts before fully jacking up)

2. Remove plastic under tray.

3. Remove the U shaped front subframe (not as daunting as it sounds).

4. Remove the wheel on the damaged side.

5. Remove castle nut and cotter pin from ball joint.

6. Push control arm down away from ball joint (it may try and spring back up, this is normal)

7. Remove front control arm attach bolt/nut. Use 1/2" drive tools. Breaker bar is recommended. (IIRC it is not a captive nut, but still be aware of which side you are turning - the bolt not the nut)

8. You can either remove the big nut at the rear of the LCA, or remove the rear bushing housing. The nut is huge and I had to use an adjustable wrench to get it off, so I took the whole housing off to get better leverage (and replace the bushing )

9. Reverse, torque to spec () I don't have the specs. But they are out there if you search.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:17 AM   #3
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on my '03 didn't need to remove the subframe. also need to disconnect sway, one bolt. recommend buy the right size socket for the rear nut. you may need a ball joint separator, not too expensive at harbor freight.
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