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State Divisions => Victoria => North East Victoria => Topic started by: jimay3677 on October 02, 2014, 06:56:19 AM

Title: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 02, 2014, 06:56:19 AM
Hi all. My lower balljoints have some play in them and as we're moving to qld soon I need to fix them to pass rwc. Just wondering where the cheapest place is to get wishbones? Not concerned with them being genuine just quality. There's a few kits on ebay but I'm highly dubious of getting top and bottom cheaper than just the bottom at ebspares, alfamen and alfaworkshop. Thanks

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: Davidm1600 on October 02, 2014, 09:23:37 AM
Hi Alfa81, it might be helpful in order to provide any advice if you could tell us which model Alfa you have.   Just for the record I previously replaced my top and lower wishbones (control arms) for my 156, purchasing from EB Spares.  As far as I was concerned the price was fine, cheaper than available here in Oz and the delivery time was less than a week from confirmation of order.   

I had looked at some of the Ebay specials but in discussing this both with my mechanic and the guys at EB, I decided against those on Ebay.  Quality being pretty ordinary I was advised.  Up to you of course.
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: GTVeloce on October 02, 2014, 10:42:36 AM
I replaced mine from International Auto Parts (IAP) in the states for both an Alfetta and a 75. Cheap, quick and a quality part. Ignore the name; they specialise in Alfa and Fiat parts.
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 03, 2014, 04:51:53 PM
Sorry 156

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: colcol on October 03, 2014, 09:22:29 PM
You can get Genuine with Alfa Romeo cast into the arms, these are made by TRW.
You can get Genuine TRW, with Alfa Romeo removed from the arms.
If you don't use these 2, then use a well known brand.
Consider replacing the pivot bolts as well as if they are worn, they can rattle.
Try a few different suppliers, as the aussie dollar has gone down recently, making overseas suppliers more expensive, Colin.
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: Alfa156Melb1 on October 04, 2014, 10:42:39 PM
Dom at Italian Auto Spares in Brunswick will look after you..... I'm pretty sure they'll post the parts to you.

http://www.italianautomotivespares.com.au/

03 9036 1606

Alternatively, EB Spares - UK, Alfaworkshop - UK, Autolusso - UK,  Shop4parts - UK or Ricambi - Germany (ricambi.alfisti.net) all have great prices.
Good luck..
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 05, 2014, 03:15:34 PM
Found TRW's on Ebay from Germany

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/380505444141
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/380505445137
2 x http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/370681371337

$325 shipped
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: Alfa156Melb1 on October 19, 2014, 12:09:41 PM
Is your car greyish? I may have just passed you in my black GTA coming into rutherglen....
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 23, 2014, 01:43:55 PM
Would have noticed another alfa. When was it it may have been my wife.

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 23, 2014, 01:44:15 PM
And yeah it's blueish grey

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 23, 2014, 05:56:03 PM
P.S. the wishbones and arb links arrived Monday and they are indeed TRW or they went to the trouble of forging the packaging and pamphlets that I can't read.

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 23, 2014, 06:00:25 PM
Got the young lady booked in on Tuesday for an aircon regas as it's beyond pitiful.

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: colcol on October 23, 2014, 06:40:06 PM
Get the receivor drier changed as well, as its like changing the filter in your engine when you do an oil change.
The pollen filters may need changing as well, as a blocked one can impede airflow, Colin.
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: Alfa156Melb1 on October 23, 2014, 06:47:53 PM
Would have noticed another alfa. When was it it may have been my wife.

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It was midday (ish) on Sunday, I was coming into town from the Corowa side.. heading east.
Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 24, 2014, 01:40:13 PM
Yeah that would have been my wife heading to work.

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 24, 2014, 01:41:00 PM
Hi Col already ordered pollen filters I figure they're cheap and probably due.

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Title: Re: Source for lower wishbones
Post by: jimay3677 on October 28, 2014, 05:06:15 PM
Aircon recharged and now it's freezing cold :)

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