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    Thread: Adjustable control arm DIY $200 or less... Finally

    1. Member arethirdytwo's Avatar
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      05-16-2007 11:43 PM #1
      2012 Update!!!!

      Well almost six years later and these are still going strong. I originally started this project because I just could not justify the almost $600 that Forge was charging. I also had no interest in using non OEM bushings. The parts are available and the only thing you need to have done for you is having them TIG welded unless of course you can yourself. Lets get started with parts.

      2 x 5/8" Stainless Steel Double Adjusters


      2 x 5/8" weld in bung LH thread


      2 x 5/8" weld in bung RH thread


      2 x 5/8" Stainless jam nut RH thread


      2 x 5/8" Stainless jam nut LH thread


      Once you have the parts you will need the section the OEM control arms. You will need to measure some here. The bungs actually press fit into the arms with a little flattening on the edges. This will allow you to test fit, I would recommend tacking the bungs in if you have access to a welder. This allows an easier test fit.

      Once everything is up and rolling I would then take the arms to a local welder. They should charge very little, try beer and sweet talking them . The pics below are old and were in the TEST FIT STAGE ONLY. ALL WELDS WERE COMPLETED BY PROFESSIONAL WELDER

      I take no responsibility for anything you break or mess up.

      ENJOY!



      Last edited by arethirdytwo; 07-13-2012 at 08:24 PM.

    2. 05-16-2007 11:48 PM #2
      cooool

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      05-17-2007 06:38 AM #3
      Looks really good

      edit... i cant read early in the am


      Modified by vdubbin0. at 8:23 AM 5-17-2007


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      Modified by tttttada at 4:39 AM 5-17-2007

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      05-17-2007 07:08 AM #5
      Gotta love you guys, but I think all of Vortex suffers from a mild case of retardation Read a little better
      Quote, originally posted by arethirdytwo »

      Here are mine prior to FINAL WELDS AND PAINT!



      It was spotted to check for fitment and alignment. As for the pieces, what is ghetto about the EXACT same center adjuster (SS) and jam nuts that ECS and Forge use? They also weld in a block and tap it, only difference is that these are hardened bungs.


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      05-17-2007 07:11 AM #6
      Looks great!!

      He did say "Here are mine prior to final welds and paint!"
      so I'd venture to guess they were welded all around.

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    7. 05-17-2007 07:33 AM #7
      Lets see some more pics


      Modified by tttttada at 4:38 AM 5-17-2007

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      05-17-2007 07:33 AM #8
      This guy's listening!

    9. 05-17-2007 07:41 AM #9
      Hey man, like I said I never meant to bash your project.
      I'd love to see some pics when they're done

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      05-17-2007 07:43 AM #10
      No worries

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      05-17-2007 08:37 AM #11
      THANK YOU!!!!!

      Been wanting to do this. Ordered

      I would also recommend you drill a hole and "button weld" all the arms.

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      05-17-2007 08:58 AM #12
      these look great, keep up the good work..

      i would like to see them after the final weld..

      good job. -jeffg


      Modified by jeffgBMPr32 at 6:07 PM 5-17-2007

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      05-17-2007 11:26 AM #13
      IM'd


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      05-17-2007 07:14 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by steed77 »
      THANK YOU!!!!!

      Been wanting to do this. Ordered

      I would also recommend you drill a hole and "button weld" all the arms.

      Yup, we drilled and buttoned them juuuuust in case. Will post more pics and a how to tomorrow, if you can weld this should cost no more than $115 all said and done!


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      05-17-2007 07:51 PM #15
      Wow man very nice

    16. 05-17-2007 07:57 PM #16
      sweet, keeping my eye on this one

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      05-17-2007 08:09 PM #17
      Good work, it looks very professional!


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      05-17-2007 09:28 PM #19
      Shouldn't you finish your welds before you install them?
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      05-17-2007 11:21 PM #20
      Damn guys, read the damn post, yea I am going to run tack welded pieces for suspension. Those cpt ones are Sweet! Awesome find. available yet?

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      05-17-2007 11:34 PM #21
      the only thing i would worry about is the strength of the double bolt adjuster. especially in the center of the arm. should i really be concerned if i do this?

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      05-18-2007 01:50 AM #22
      Same bolt

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      05-18-2007 11:10 AM #23
      ohh yeah, was this with the stock arm?
      (insert captain obvious quote)

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      05-19-2007 06:50 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by dogmavskarma »
      ohh yeah, was this with the stock arm?
      (insert captain obvious quote)

      Thanks for doing all the leg work for everyone.
      Seem's like a very easy and cheap set of adj control arms
      I would like to do this to my stock ones so i have an extra set.


    24. 05-19-2007 08:49 AM #25
      Im stoked that someone actually got off they're arse and did this for all of us that are capable but to lazy to do the research on this.
      Only question I have is: Whats up with your post in the R32 classifieds WTB a control arm because a welder/machine shop screwed yours up?
      Not trying to call you out at all, just curious what happened?

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      05-19-2007 11:33 AM #26
      Oh I picked the wrong damn welder, I mean cops called, etc. Bottom line he over heated one of the bungs, put the bolt in un-greased, galled it, and basically welded one side in. Ruined the stainless double adjuster, a control arm, any schmuck with a welder could have done this right. I am beyond angry with this deal now. Will still post the DIY soon.

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      05-19-2007 11:49 AM #27
      those double adjusters are on backorder


      BTW THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!!

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    27. 05-19-2007 03:32 PM #28
      excellent work

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      05-19-2007 05:35 PM #29
      For those in need of double adjusters now! This is where I just got an extra one.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...ZWD1V

    29. 05-19-2007 06:25 PM #30
      Wow, that sucks!

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      05-20-2007 03:24 PM #31
      It's all good. Pulled a favor, buddy build med tools. Talk about a nice shop, we actually saved the messed up arm. This guy was the MAN!

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      05-31-2007 01:43 PM #32
      awesome thread bump

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      05-31-2007 03:15 PM #33
      now who is gonna mass produce these for $200 bucks shipped?

      got money in hand!!! lol!!!

      LEASE THIS SPACE

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      05-31-2007 03:19 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by arethirdytwo »
      For those in need of double adjusters now! This is where I just got an extra one.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...ZWD1V

      BTW the back-ordered ones are now back in stock. Mine just showed up a few days ago

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    34. 06-04-2007 11:34 AM #35
      I'm so glad I found this. I was searching for alternatives for ECS bushings which are on backorder and this is more then I hoped for.
      Thank you, D

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