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Old 03-26-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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So I've done quite a bit of research on complete control arm kits. My car has the standard clunks in the front end that most a6s with 140k miles would after never having any replacements. A while ago, someone on here reportedly used a Vaico kit from Ecs... They seemed to have favorable things to say but clearly didn't have much mileage on them for a durability opinion. I'd rather not take a chance and have to replace something 20k miles from now.

Which brings me to the control arm kit density line from 034 motor sports.. Anyone here have favorable reviews? It look like it was recommended by several posters at audizine but none that owned it personally.

Edit.. I forgot to mention that I didn't link the kit since my phone is being uncooperative.

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Not sure about those brands, but I've purchased kits from Blauparts for both my A6's and have been very happy:

http://www.blauparts.com/proddetail....A1102%2D02%2DA
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And here's some propaganda on the Ocap kit...

http://www.blauparts.com/audi/audi_c...arms_kit.shtml
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So I've done quite a bit of research on complete control arm kits. My car has the standard clunks in the front end that most a6s with 140k miles would after never having any replacements. A while ago, someone on here reportedly used a Vaico kit from Ecs... They seemed to have favorable things to say but clearly didn't have much mileage on them for a durability opinion. I'd rather not take a chance and have to replace something 20k miles from now.

Which brings me to the control arm kit density line from 034 motor sports.. Anyone here have favorable reviews? It look like it was recommended by several posters at audizine but none that owned it personally.

Edit.. I forgot to mention that I didn't link the kit since my phone is being uncooperative.
I got a Meyle kit from ECS and it's fine. Most of those kits look like they were made in the same factory so price might be the decider.
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I got a Meyle kit from ECS and it's fine. Most of those kits look like they were made in the same factory so price might be the decider.
For my '00 A^ Avant ( 130,000miles) I installed a full Febi /Bilstein kit from German Auto Parts, along with new Boge shocks. I also upgraded the outer tie rod ends to the ones used in the S6 without a rubber isolator.
The kit installed perfectly - and I'm totally amazed with the result.
Be certain to follow the instructions and not torque the mounting bolts without the suspension in curb weight position.
If you do not follow this the rubber bushings will fail very prematurely.
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Thanks for all of the recommendations... Anyone care to comment about the mileage/durability they've seen out of their kits? Husker, I've gotta say that they all look the same to me too. I'm not opposed to spending a little bit more if I am really getting a little bit more. But I don't want to over spend for basically the same parts.
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Thanks for all of the recommendations... Anyone care to comment about the mileage/durability they've seen out of their kits? Husker, I've gotta say that they all look the same to me too. I'm not opposed to spending a little bit more if I am really getting a little bit more. But I don't want to over spend for basically the same parts.
Yes, they all do look similar, but trust me there is a BIG DIFFERENCE. At 135K I replaced all of mine with a no-name kit I got on ebay....BIG MISTAKE. The ball joint in the upper front driver is completely trashed in only 12K miles. I'm also looking for feedback on Meyle HD and 034 density line. thanks
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Thanks for all of the recommendations... Anyone care to comment about the mileage/durability they've seen out of their kits? Husker, I've gotta say that they all look the same to me too. I'm not opposed to spending a little bit more if I am really getting a little bit more. But I don't want to over spend for basically the same parts.
I only have about 5,000 on the Meyle kit so not enough miles to give you a durability rating. They still feel tight over the rough stuff so I'm happy. I think proper installation, i.e. correct torque at ride height, is critical.
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Yes, they all do look similar, but trust me there is a BIG DIFFERENCE. At 135K I replaced all of mine with a no-name kit I got on ebay....BIG MISTAKE. The ball joint in the upper front driver is completely trashed in only 12K miles. I'm also looking for feedback on Meyle HD and 034 density line. thanks
Gotta wonder if trashing a set of ball joints in 12K on a car with 135K isn't a function of worn shocks….
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Gotta wonder if trashing a set of ball joints in 12K on a car with 135K isn't a function of worn shocks….
the shocks are tight, the only thing I can figure is that I upgraded at the same time to a complete set of stock S6 suspension components (shocks, springs, etc.), they are very tight, so should eliminate as much movement. Also, I did torque all arms while car was on the ground.
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