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Old 03-29-2013, 03:00 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Imprezaspeed07 View Post
So what does everyone think about the control arms? do the sway bars create that much force? That I should think about replacing these?
The swaybars are attached with high strength bolts, so they generate plenty of force in aggressive driving.

The right side FCA (#75?) looks like it is pretty scraped. I wouldn't be confident in it holding together as it is (from what I can see). Depending on how tight $ is, you could also weld a piece of metal the size of the mount with a hole drilled in the middle to the swaybar mount, or even a high strength washer or four (oversized to match the mount face with a bolt size washer on top).

Replacing the FCA is the safe call, but more expensive. You could always try it with the existing, then find someplace without consequences (WIDE open parking lot) to drive hard, and check for deformation in the mounts afterwards.
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