I guess the bigger question was: is OEM the only way to go here, or would a 3rd party new one (Mevotech, AC Delco, etc) be sufficient? We're talking 3x as much $$$ to buy new OEM.I wouldn't bother buying used. The rubber ages and the ball joint can be damaged before you are able to feel it by hand. Get a new good quality part to save you the possibility of installing a damaged used one.
Nope, I never have been, but then again, maybe I'm not shaking hard enough.Can you make the noise by wiggling or shaking the car?
If I had access to a press, I might consider it. Putting in a new arm also gets me much newer bushings, which I would prefer.For what it’s worth... I replaced my own UBJ. Went pretty smooth on my buddy’s press. I haven’t tack welded them but might at some point. I’m not living in fear... but also don’t have a mobile car right now.
I say literally anything you do is a crap shoot but new OEM has the best odds.
That is very true, but for the time I'd spend finding a shop I trust, finding time in their schedule, taking time off work to go deal with them, plus still needing to replace bushings in the UCA, it's just not worth my time to replace part of it. I'd rather just start from scratch (I mean seriously...I'm not even convinced I'll actually take the time to uninstall/reinstall instead of paying someone to do it--I'm that strapped for time mostly and expertise secondly).The actual pressing part is something most shops can handle for you on the cheap.
That's what I've wondered. I put aftermarket lower arms on (though I did pay up for OEM lower ball joints). Did it mostly because I needed new bushings (I had already bought the LBJ's).If youre not tracking the car, which you arent, the after market arms are fine. I've installed plenty. I don't expect them to outlast OEM arms in the bushing or ball joint perspective, but i've also never gotten a used front upper that I was happy with. I'll pay seven dollars for a warranty.
About 6 years old. I don't think I had OEM bearings put in when I had the clutch changed. Flywheel is a resurfaced OEM.How old is the clutch / flywheel?