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Old 02-22-2001, 04:13 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Just Crashed Need Help Fast

Is there anyone out there who can help me my drivers side front wheel just had a close encounter with a curb and I bent my control arm pretty bad. Anyone have one for a my00 they want to get rid of? Or know where I can get a new/used one. Can it be straightened? Or should I just go with an aftermarket set?
Please Advise.
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Old 02-22-2001, 05:15 PM   #2
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oh man this sucks... hope everything is ok...
is the car still drivable?
anyways give me a call...
i will what i can do...
you might wanna give metric subie a call too...
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Old 02-22-2001, 05:24 PM   #3
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That sucks.

I'm a bridge engineer. I looked at the control arm on my RS.... I would not feel safe with a "straightened" arm. It will not be right. It will have much less strength than it used to.

I'd talk to your SOA parts department. They have new ones. They won't be cheap, but they will be genuine articles.

Unless you want aftermarket ones.
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Old 02-22-2001, 05:28 PM   #4
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lets hear the story on how you did it? that does suck though. sorry.
Old 02-22-2001, 05:30 PM   #5
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Kep in mind that an aluminum ctrl arm, in the same situation, could have torn out the mounting points- leaving you "chassis screwed" - the aftermarket or Sti parts are superior, but they also have "side effects"
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Old 02-22-2001, 06:18 PM   #6
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so you want the story? I was coming home from work in the snow avoiding all these other accidents when I was about 4 blocks from my house. I slowed down to make a turn into a side street, turned the wheel and the lousy RE92's just didn't stay stuck to the ground. Needless to say I struck the curb with my drives side front wheel, jumped out to asses the damage and saw that the wheel was rubbing against the back of the wheel well.As of this moment I have ordered a used one from RalliSpec which will be here Saturday and my poor injured car is sitting on jack stands in my garage waiting for a new control arm. The control are was the only part that got damaged, aside from a little paint that got scraped off the bumper.
Later Z
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Old 02-22-2001, 06:25 PM   #7
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F&S Auto in Ct is a large Subaru Used Parts dealer. http://www.fsautoparts.com/

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Old 02-22-2001, 06:37 PM   #8
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Teague's Auto can help you if you need it. www.boxer4racing.com

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Old 02-22-2001, 08:34 PM   #9
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Man sorry to hear about that Z, real bummer. How did you get it to your garage if it was 4 blocks away? I've had my control arm replaced too, and when the wheel was against the wheel well, it definitely wasn't drivable.

I hope you can get it running again soon though.

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Old 02-22-2001, 08:39 PM   #10
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i did almost the same thing 3 weeks ago, but my damage was to the passenger front wheel. it to was aganist the back of the wheel well. i wasnt far from home and was able to limp back to the garage. right now my car is at the dealership (for the last 2 weeks!) getting a new control arm, and front strut/spring. if you can find a good used one go for it. a new one from SOA is hugely expensive!
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Old 02-22-2001, 08:43 PM   #11

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98mpreziveRS spent like $4500 replacing & fixing his when he did the same thing. It was pretty bad.
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Old 02-22-2001, 09:17 PM   #12
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If it's just the control arm it's an easy repair, c. 30 min on your back in the garage. In my experience, the arm is designed to bend when the wheel contacts something hard, so that it doesn't damage the suspension pick up points on the body. Used arms are c. $50, new $175-200. Slap it on there and go get an alignment, no problems. If you did frame damage, you'll know when you get the alignment.
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