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Update for w124 late style lower control arms

Hello everyone!
I just wanted to share an awesome news with you. Thanks to 500eboard forum for this information.
The price for OEM mercedes late style control arms with integrated ball joint has dropped significantly. The part numbers are 1243303507 and 1243303407. This price drop has happened very recently and I purchased two from getmercedesparts.com for 185$ each.
This topic has been discussed before many times by forum members. Just for summary in case you didnít know, the later style LCA has non replaceable ball joint and if either bushings or ball joint fails, you have to replace the whole unit. The aftermarket parts for these late LCAs were offered mostly by Febi, TRW and some other brands for around 130$ but with much less quality. The original LCAs were around 400$ each in the past. Here in Canada dealer wanted 730$ each!
But now with this price change, you can get the originals with great price and be happy!
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Got a link to OEM control arms?

I can only find $$$ ones:

https://benzparts.autohausofpeoria.c...243303507.html
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Isn't it cheaper if you need ball joints, to just buy the ball joints and have them installed?
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Isn't it cheaper if you need ball joints, to just buy the ball joints and have them installed?
The series I and series II cars had replaceable ball joints. But from about 92 (maybe sooner?) they are not removable from the LCA. That is why this thread is such a big deal.

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And a lucky exception to that is the 95 E300 Diesel, for which one can replace just the ball joints.
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yeah that's the one. There is really no way around the non-replaceable ball joint issue. The problem comes from the bigger brakes. Lots of threads talk about this. Some people tried to get the earlier style (with replaceable ball joint) and grind down the ball joint area, which is unsafe. Some say you can downgrade your brake to make room, but you loose stopping power. The aftermarket ones (Febi, TRW, MOOG, etc) are not a good option, as some pics in 500eboard shows the opened ball joint and you can see how cheap they are made. All of these were because they were very expensive to buy new. But now with this price change, I totally think everyone should get a pair. It doesn't really get any better than this.
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anyone know why Sportline arms are diff?

Also, do the bushings (#6) not come w/the arms?

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Sportline arms use different durometer bushes
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And another exception is the 4Matic. The ball joints take about 15 minutes to replace ea side....muhahaha.

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