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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject:  Dorman control arms opinion Reply with quote

Hi,
I have a stock 2003 Impala 3.4L. Does anyone have an opinion on the Dorman
520165 and 520166 front control arm assemblies? They are only about $37.00
each and apparently have a lifetime warranty.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I went for the Mevotech ones on Rockauto, very well built with ball joints that can be greased instead of just sealed. I do believe they were more but I would definitely go with them over the Dorman ones, too cheap looking.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure I put Dormans on my car last summer. They seem fine, the castle nuts underneath were a bit of a PITA to get the cotter pins into though.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Anyone remember my rallybuick? That had the Dormans, and they held up well to my neglect and abuse.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:24 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Dorman are Chinese, they're cheap and should last 37 bucks worth. Laughing You can find GM OEM arms in the low $100 range if you want arms that will actually last a long time.

I was one of the first people to buy Mevotechs when they first came out. Bushings were OEM pieces but from the GP/Regal parts bin. Ball joint was an unknown quality, and was popping and sloppy within 30k miles.

Also, sealed joints are superior to greasable ones. Grease fittings arent actually dirt-tight, so you have to grease them regularly just to flush out the dirt that gets in through the grease fitting. Plus your choice of grease can be detrimental to their life as well. Sealed units are filled with quality grease from the start and sealed better.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:59 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The loaded aftermarket arms are cheap and easy. I use them on everything I can.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Hi,

Thanks to all for their valued advice. Where can I find the OEM control arms
for a low $100.00? My local GM dealer wants $325.00 CDN each for them. Ouch.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Wil wrote:
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Thanks to all for their valued advice. Where can I find the OEM control arms
for a low $100.00? My local GM dealer wants $325.00 CDN each for them. Ouch.


Anywhere but Canada. Our prices at dealerships (and elsewhere, too) are terrible.

I recommend contacting member ZSpot. He'll be able to give you a price, shipped. Even with international shipping and the small difference between US and Canadian dollars, it's usually still a way better price.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Dorman's parts are generally on the cheaper side. I can tell you after selling them for almost 10 years however most customers report no issues to speak of. They will fail, everything ultimately does, probably sooner than a higher quality aftermarket or OEM replacement, but they are budget friendly and will keep you rolling for the immediate future. Myself personally when it comes to chassis/steering/brake parts I always spend the extra for the good stuff. I get a pretty good discount which doesn't hurt Smile but even if I didn't I would pony up the $$$, those parts are the most important when it comes to staying safe on the roads.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

So what do you guys suggest for control arms? Preferably something with better performance with long life?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

http://shop.zzperformance.com/.....WBody.aspx

^^^ If you got the moolala

Otherwise any regular control arm that has greaseable fittings!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I prefer the greaseable stuff myself since I do all my own services I rarely forget to grease my joints. Most lube shops that don't suck will too as part of their basic inspection. If you don't want to monkey with it tho get the OEM stuff, like AC Delcos
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

capitlj wrote:
I prefer the greaseable stuff myself since I do all my own services I rarely forget to grease my joints. Most lube shops that don't suck will too as part of their basic inspection. If you don't want to monkey with it tho get the OEM stuff, like AC Delcos
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I agree with the greaseable part hence why I got the Mevotech arms which I'll still advocate. Modern sealed units make me uncomfortable as I'm trusting the factory to get it "right". I'd rather take the five minutes of greasing the joints for peace of mind.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I'd rather take the five minutes of greasing the joints for peace of mind.


I'm just used to it. My uncle used to have me grease all his trucks and heavy equipment when I used to hang out with him on the farm. Then I worked at a tree farm for a guy who'd bought it for the house that was on the land and thought it might be fun to sell trees. So I had a lot of maintainence to do by the time I got there most of the stuff was just starting to fall apart.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Definately not gonna shell out 500 bucks. I don't mind having to grease them, so long as they last longer and maybe perform better than oem. Ok so what's the options then, and in your opinion, what would you chose. I'm in the same boat that I'd rather do it right/good and be satisfied for a long time. (that's what she said)

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