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Old June 18th, 2016, 08:44 AM
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LR3 Control Arm Advice Needed

It's time for my control front control arms to be done on the LR3. Wondering what anyone with experience replacing them has to say about these:

Land Rover LR3 05 09 Front Upper Control Arms Lower Control Arms w Hardware Kit | eBay

Price is really good for all four arms and hardware. I'm looking for a good price and don't really need them to be OEM.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

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I'd rather save the money and just do the lowers with Genuine parts. I don't have any experience with aftermarket arms, but I seem to recall someone on Discoweb saying the aftermarket bushings didn't last very long. 99% of the time any play or noise is in the rear bushing of the front arms, so you could always just replace those.
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I'd rather save the money and just do the lowers with Genuine parts. I don't have any experience with aftermarket arms, but I seem to recall someone on Discoweb saying the aftermarket bushings didn't last very long. 99% of the time any play or noise is in the rear bushing of the front arms, so you could always just replace those.
Speaking of just the bushings, I'd like to see this tool that you guys made to do the rear bushing while the arm remains in place on the vehicle.
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Old June 18th, 2016, 09:37 AM
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Speaking of just the bushings, I'd like to see this tool that you guys made to do the rear bushing while the arm remains in place on the vehicle.
Actually now that is just how the tool comes from Land Rover. Most dealers have modified the original tools which is just a series of cups for pressing the bushings in and out by drilling a large hole in the centre. That allows you to insert a threaded rod through all of the tools and use the Nike hydraulic press that all dealers have. Here is a youtube video that shows how it works.

https://youtu.be/7JIsmutzd4k
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That's a sweet tool!
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For what this is worth. I had followed some advice I have read on some forum and got RRS control arms that were supposed to be heavier duty (could have been from the supercharged model?). The same advice claimed that armored LR3s were using them.
I can't say I saw much difference between the arms. Maybe the bushings has a higher duty rating?
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For what this is worth. I had followed some advice I have read on some forum and got RRS control arms that were supposed to be heavier duty (could have been from the supercharged model?). The same advice claimed that armored LR3s were using them.
I can't say I saw much difference between the arms. Maybe the bushings has a higher duty rating?
Generally speaking, Range Rover Sports utilise stiffer bushings.
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Actually now that is just how the tool comes from Land Rover. Most dealers have modified the original tools which is just a series of cups for pressing the bushings in and out by drilling a large hole in the centre. That allows you to insert a threaded rod through all of the tools and use the Nike hydraulic press that all dealers have. Here is a youtube video that shows how it works.

https://youtu.be/7JIsmutzd4k
Nike huh. I just did some the other day and I was barefoot. Well I started with flip flops on but lost them early on. They are so easy to swap out who cares if the aftermarket ones only last 2 years.
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