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1995 E320 ball joint LCA options

That's one way to check it. Most likely you just need a tie rod. You can also just repack and reboot the BJ if there's a tear on the boot, no rust on the BJ, and no play on the balljoint.

http://www.w124performance.com/servi...94_95/3355.pdf

PS. Passenger side balljoints tend to wear out more than driver side. Make sure to check both and not make the mistake that I made.

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TRW, I have them for over a year and so far so good. Nice and tight rubber.
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Noted.

Yea mine is definitely the Late LCA, I tried uploading pics, the thing just took too long.

Coming to think of it, I'm not sure I need ball joints. I definitely need tie rods for sure.
I called myself testing for defective ball joints; lifted the wheel off the ground at about 2'' by placing a jack under the LCA.

I then wedged a crow bar under the tire, and lifted the wheel while feeling for free play: None.
I performed that same test on my CLK which did reveal defective ball joints.

However rocking the wheel at the 9 and 3 o'clock position did reveal a very worn tie rod.
So It turns out all I needed was tie rods; No more scary rattling
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FYI, you can fit pre-facelift control arms on the facelift models. I installed pre-facelift control arms on my 95 wagon.

Two modifications that you have to make.
1. You will have to cut a part of your brake dust shield
2. You have to grind down the section I circled in red on the prefacelift control arms so that there is enough room for the rotors.

The space is tight, but if you grind enough it will fit perfect

Notes: if you have upgrade brakes, it probably will not work
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FYI, you can fit pre-facelift control arms on the facelift models. I installed pre-facelift control arms on my 95 wagon.

Two modifications that you have to make.
1. You will have to cut a part of your brake dust shield
2. You have to grind down the section I circled in red on the prefacelift control arms so that there is enough room for the rotors.

The space is tight, but if you grind enough it will fit perfect

Notes: if you have upgrade brakes, it probably will not work


So this will work with the 94-95 facelift's stock brakes? Are the ball joint studs a matching fit with the steering arm knuckle hole?


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So this will work with the 94-95 facelift's stock brakes? Are the ball joint studs a matching fit with the steering arm knuckle hole?


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Yep, I had no problems installing them with stock brakes on the wagon. I don't think it will work on the 400 or 500s.
As long as you do what I said, it will work.

Unless someone can tell me something different, but that is what I did on mine.

I got used control arms with the removable ball joints and pressed in lemforder ball joints.
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any news on Febi or TRW control arms?

Hello Mercedes owners,
A little background about me: I live in Canada and have a 1995 E320 sedan with 186,000 KMs. I am in the process of replacing steering linkages and tie rods to do wheel alignment and noticed all the information about the late style lower control arms. Although I think my original lower arms are still ok but eventually I have to deal with this issue. I called the dealer here for those LCA and the are a whopping 730$ each which is insane and I can't ever spend that much on my car.
I am just wondering what is the experience of those people who installed Febi or TRW? are they still going ok?
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I went with TRW LCAs and only time will tell. I got them from Amazon for around $100. Upon installing, the joints were pretty tight - unlike the TRW vs Lemforder comparison videos shown in YouTube . The fit was fine except that the balljoint pin was a tighter fit. You’ll need a spreader to get that pin in or a jack to push it in.

Then again, the original Lemforders lasted around 230k miles.


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I went with TRW LCAs and only time will tell. I got them from Amazon for around $100. Upon installing, the joints were pretty tight - unlike the TRW vs Lemforder comparison videos shown in YouTube . The fit was fine except that the balljoint pin was a tighter fit. You’ll need a spreader to get that pin in or a jack to push it in.

Then again, the original Lemforders lasted around 230k miles.


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Thanks for the reply. I think I will go the same route eventually and get it from fcpeuro.
I thought since TRW is owned by ZF similar to Lemforder, it is a good brand but after reading people comments in different posts about their similarity to Febi, it seems it's not in the same level as Lemforder; at least for these lower arms. I wished there was a better middle ground aftermarket option but it is what it is.
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