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Old 02-14-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default 02 WRX wagon busted/rusted control arm.

My front passenger control arm failed due to rust. I'm glad I kept the car in control when it failed (!). I'm having a bit of a hard time finding reasonably priced lower control arms for my 02 WRX Wagon. Any tips? I'm seeing $300. 02 Forester is $45.

The Forester and WRX sedan have the same size/part right? The wagon is 20mm narrower. What else is involved in just using the wider control arm? Would my mechanic have issues with using the wider one?

Thanks!

BTW, it's really a shame that the NHTSA CAMPAIGN 11V464000 NHTSA lower control arm recall / treatment does not cover my state - even though I live only 80 miles in each direction of 2 states that are covered (which I travel in all winter long - yes, I had plenty of exposure to winter road treatment and rusted out).
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:28 PM   #2
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You need Sedan C/v axles, or the inner joints could come out of the cups, under the right set of conditions.

Finding a used set of STI aluminum arms would solve the rust problem. Just be sure to used the proper ball joints with sleeves on the aluminum arms.

Best thing you can do is call Subaru customer care 1-800-782-2783 and see if they will help you out before you spend anything or take anything apart.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:21 AM   #3
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Thanks! I called SOA and they didn't care. I was told that the car just doesn't fall under the recall WVX-34. If it's all due to the technicality of wrong state, SOA really should consider covering rust belt surrounding states, too, for safety sake.

I'm seeing all kinds of variations of parts. I thought the WRX wagon and the standard Impreza Wagon (and sedan?) had the same part number for the lower control arm. No?

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Old 02-15-2019, 08:21 PM   #4
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Has your car ever been registered in a state that is covered under the recall? Running the VIN should tell you. (I could look that up for you).

I put sedan aluminum control arms on my 02 OBS. Go to rockauto.com and look up MEVOTECH GS80166 and GS80167. They are about $124 each. To properly retrofit these to a wagon, you should use sedan endlinks, too. Since mine is lifted, I used longer endlinks.



Getting an alignment is crucial- 10mm extra width on each side will give MASSIVE toe-in if left alone.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:13 AM   #5
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> Has your car ever been registered in a state that is covered under the recall?

It has only been registered in KY, which is not covered. Both OH of WV are, but I don't technically live but I drive there although there all the time (especially in the winter to ski), and we also use salt in KY. I know you have to draw a line somewhere, but for safety sake I'd think a buffer around rust belt states would be thing. But I digress! ANYWAY....

Thanks for the tip on the part numbers! I'll probably go that route. It sounds like a good solution that's pretty straight forward.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:24 PM   #6
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I found the full service bulletin and within there was a part number that includes both front control arms. 20090FE000 for wagon, 20090SA000 for sedan. It can be found online for < $150.

https://www.scribd.com/document/1516...WVX34-Bulletin
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