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    BMW E90 Control Arm Replacements & Upgrades

    Control arms, and their integrated ball joints, are some of the most crucial components on a BMW suspension. The control arms literally control the wheel and suspension as they go through their range of motions. They do more than just keep the alignment in a constant spec - they are a vital locating component for the suspension itself. A faulty or worn control arm or ball joint is a very dangerous and potentially life-threatening problem so make sure they are inspected and replaced at regular intervals.

    Most control arms for BMWs consist of an inner and outer ball joint made of plastic, rubber, Delrin, or metal and covered in grease with a rubber boot to seal it from the outside. The ball joint rotates and spins as the control arm goes through its movements and that will wear the ball joint and make it loose. The grease inside the housing can also get used up, evaporate, or become contaminated from moisture and foreign particles. As the ball joint becomes worn it can result in excess movement within the housing. Your steering and handling will become less precise and there is usually a light clunking or clicking sound. In rare and extreme cases the ball joint can separate from the control arm completely, leading to a total loss of suspension and steering control. You should have the ball joint play checked annually and replace them every 3-4 years. Most track organizations will not allow a car if they are older than three years.

    Control arms also take abuse from impacts and handling forces. Aluminum control arms will generally bend and prevent an accurate alignment. Steel control arms will crack and fracture and require close inspection annually and replacement every 3-4 years.

    We sell OE BMW, OEM, and performance upgrade control arms from proven manufacturers. The control arm is so important to a BMW suspension that we insist on only top quality brands and designs and will never sell a control arm based on price alone. We also have upgrade packages with superior designs and better bushing options and we have bundled these together with valuable package savings.
    You're currently viewing parts for your (E90) 3-Series Sedan 2006-2011. Reset your chassis
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    Looking for upper control arm options for your 2006-2012 3-series? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sea of options out there? Browse our guide of stock OEM, replacement, and upgraded upper control arm options and choose from a package below. Our packages come complete with the upper arms, inner bushings, outer ball joints, and all necessary hardware. For further reference on part location, refer to the front suspension diagram to the right, or expand the full option descriptions below:

    + Option 1 - Stock Replacement
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    This option is the base set of replacement arms, ball joints, and bushings. These are direct replacement pieces that are no different than the parts that came on the car originally. If you want the same ride and handling characteristics as when the car was straight off the showroom, this is the best package for you to buy. Simply install your new parts, have an alignment done, and you're on your way!
    Option 1 Package Includes:
  • Left & Right Upper Control Arms with ball joints (31126769797 and 31126769798) aka Thrust Arm, Tension Strut, or Pull Rod.
  • Outer ball joint securing nuts
  • Inner control arm bushings (31120393540)
  • + Option 2 - Meyle HD Upgrade
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    The Meyle HD arms and bushings are also a direct replacement for the original arms but feature stronger, more durable components. The Meyle HD outer ball joint is much larger and a higher-grade steel than the factory spec. The larger ball joint will last longer and the dust boot is stronger as well to keep out moisture and gritty contaminants. The inner HD bushing is a solid rubber piece instead of the fluid-filled stock bushings. The problem with the stock hydraulic bushings is that the fluid leaks out over time and the leftover rubber is not resilient enough to maintain control. The Meyle HD bushing is all rubber and will last significantly longer. It's also stiffer and deflects less to give a more sporty and crisp handling, and sharper steering. All alignment specs remain as per factory.
    Option 2 Package Includes:
  • Meyle HD Left & Right Upper Control Arms with HD ball joints (31126769797MY and 31126769798MY) aka Thrust Arm, Tension Strut, or Pull Rod.
  • Outer ball joint securing nuts
  • Meyle HD inner control arm bushings (31120304308MY)
  • + Option 3 - OEM M3 Upgrade
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    The M3 control arm upgrade is for people who want a very serious change in the ride/handling of the car. These are the factory OEM E90/E92/E93 M3 upper control arms so the ride will not be much different than a standard M3. But it is a very large jump compared to the stock E9X arms and bushings. These are a direct replacement to the original arms and do not require any modification to install and will not change the alignment settings. But for the best results, we recommend only using these with the M3 lower control arms (wishbones).
    Option 3 Package Includes:
  • OEM M3 Left & Right Upper Control Arms with ball joints (31102283575 and 31102283576) aka Thrust Arm, Tension Strut, or Pull Rod.
  • Outer ball joint securing nuts
  • OEM M3 inner control arm bushings (31102283579)

  • These Upper Control Arms will fit the following BMWs:
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335d 335i - Sedan
    2006-2011 E91 BMW 328i - Wagon
    2007-2012 E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is - Coupe
    2007-2012 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: E9X-UPPER-CONTROL-ARMS
    Price: $169.90 (USD) 
    This left/driver's front lower control arm # 31102283577 - also know as a wishbone. This is the control arm with the outer ball joint pointing up. This is the OEM or OE M3 part and fits E82 1M and E90/E92/E93 M3. It's also an upgrade for all non-M E82 and E9X models (except Xi) (also requires headlight rod, 37142283867). This control arm includes the inner rotating, sealed mono-balljoint and outer ball joint. A direct replacement.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2011 E90 BMW M3 Sedan
    2008-2012 E92 BMW M3 Coupe
    2008-2012 E93 BMW M3 Convertible
    Part #: 31102283577X
    Price: $84.95 (USD) 
    This replacement leftt front lower control arm (wisbone) is for the E82 and E9X chassis (non Xi or M). This is a direct replacement part manufactured using the Original Equipment Manufacturer's specs. This includes both inner sealed monoball joint and outer ball joint. The outer ball joint points up on this chassis. Price is for the left front (driver's side).

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335i - Sedan
    2006-2011 E91 BMW 328i - Wagon
    2007-2012 E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is - Coupe
    2007-2012 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: 31126770849
    Price: $84.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This is a replacement Front Lower Control Arm for 2006+ BMW E90 E92 3 series Xi models. Interchangeable between left and right sides.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2006+ E90 3 Series BMW 325xi 328xi 330xi 335xi & xDrive Models
    2006+ E92 3 Series BMW 328xi 328i xDrive 335xi 335i xDrive
    Part #: 31126768989
    Price: $104.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This right/passenger's front lower control arm - also know as a wishbone - 31102283578 . This is the control arm with the outer ball joint pointing up. This is the OEM or OE M3 part and fits E82 1M and E90/E92/E93 M3. It's also an upgrade for all non-M E82 and E9X models (except Xi). This control arm includes the inner rotating, sealed mono-balljoint and outer ball joint. A direct replacement.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2011 E90 BMW M3 Sedan
    2008-2012 E92 BMW M3 Coupe
    2008-2012 E93 BMW M3 Convertible
    Part #: 31102283578X
    Price: $84.95 (USD) 
    This replacement right front lower control arm (wisbone) is for the E82 and E9X chassis (non Xi or M). This is a direct replacement part manufactured using the Original Equipment Manufacturer's specs. This includes both inner sealed monoball joint and outer ball joint. The outer ball joint points up on this chassis. Price is for the right front (passenger's side).

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335i - Sedan
    2006-2011 E91 BMW 328i - Wagon
    2007-2012 E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is - Coupe
    2007-2012 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: 31126770850
    Price: $84.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This is a replacement Front Upper Control Arm Ball Joint for 2006+ BMW E90 E92 3 series Xi models.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2007+ E90 3 Series BMW 325xi 328xi 330xi 335xi & xDrive Models
    2007+ E92 3 Series BMW 328xi 328i xDrive 335xi 335i xDrive
    Part #: 31126768988
    Price: $43.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This left/driver's front upper control arm - also know as a tension strut or thrust arm. This is the control arm with the outer ball joint pointing down. This is the OE BMW replacement (made by TRW) and fits E82 1M Coupe and E90/E92/E93 M3. This control arm includes the inner pressed in bushing and outer ball joint. A direct replacement from the original manufacturer.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2006+ E90 BMW M3 Sedan
    2007+ E92 BMW M3 Coupe
    2007+ E93 BMW M3 Convertible
    Part #: 31102283575
    Price: $99.95 (USD) 
    This left/driver's front upper control arm - also know as a tension strut or thrust arm. This is the control arm with the outer ball joint pointing down. This is the OEM replacement and fits all non-Xi BMW E90 E92 E93 325i 328i 330i 335i models, E82 128i 135i, and E89 Z4. This control arm includes the inner pressed in bushing and outer ball joint. A direct replacement from the original manufacturer at a fraction of the cost for the OE BMW part.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008+ E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006+ E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335i
    2007+ E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is
    2007+ E93 BMW 328i 335i 335is
    2009+ Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Z4 sDrive35i Z4 sDrive35is
    Part #: 31126769797
    Price: $84.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This right/passenger's front upper control arm - also know as a tension strut or thrust arm. This is the control arm with the outer ball joint pointing down. This is the OE BMW replacement (made by TRW) and fits the E82 1M Coupe, and E90/E92/E93 M3. This control arm includes the inner pressed in bushing and outer ball joint. A direct replacement from the original manufacturer.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2006+ E90 BMW M3 Sedan
    2007+ E92 BMW M3 Coupe
    2007+ E93 BMW M3 Convertible
    Part #: 31102283576
    Price: $99.95 (USD) 
    This right/passenger's front upper control arm - also know as a tension strut or thrust arm. This is the control arm with the outer ball joint pointing down. This is the OEM replacement and fits all non-Xi BMW E90 E92 E93 325i 328i 330i 335i models, E82 128i 135i, and E89 Z4. This control arm includes the inner pressed in bushing and outer ball joint. A direct replacement from the original manufacturer at a fraction of the cost for the OE BMW part.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008+ E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006+ E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335i
    2007+ E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is
    2007+ E93 BMW 328i 335i 335is
    2009+ Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Z4 sDrive35i Z4 sDrive35is
    Part #: 31126769798
    Price: $84.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This is a replacement left front upper control arm for 2006+ BMW E90 E92 3 series Xi models. This item is also known as the "traction strut" or "thrust arm". NOTE- Ball joint sold separately.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2007+ E90 3 Series BMW 325xi 328xi 330xi 335xi & xDrive Models
    2007+ E92 3 Series BMW 328xi 328i xDrive 335xi 335i xDrive
    Part #: 31126768983
    Price: $111.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    This is a replacement right front upper control arm for 2006+ BMW E90 E92 3 series Xi models. This item is also known as the "traction strut" or "thrust arm". NOTE- Ball joint sold separately.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2007+ E90 3 Series BMW 325xi 328xi 330xi 335xi & xDrive Models
    2007+ E92 3 Series BMW 328xi 328i xDrive 335xi 335i xDrive
    Part #: 31126768984
    Price: $111.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    As Used on Project E92 335i
    The front upper and lower control arms from the E9X M3 are a direct bolt-in replacement upgrade for the stock parts on the non-M E90/E91/E92/E93 3-series and E82/E88 1-series. With the M3 components the fluid-filled bushings of the standard suspension are replaced with solid rubber cores or a sealed monoball-joint, making the suspension stiffer, more responsive, and longer lasting.

    This package includes:
  • M3 front upper control arms (thrust arm, tension strut) (31102283575 and 31102283576)
    The upper control arms eliminate the fluid-filled stock bushing which is very prone to leaking the fluid and cease being effective. The solid rubber M3 bushing is also a bit stiffer for more precise steering and control.
  • M3 front upper inner bushings (31102283579)
  • M3 front lower control arms (wishbone) (31102283577 and 31102283578)
    The M3 lower control arm has a sealed inner bearing instead of the rubber-isolated stock bushing. The bearing allows the lower arm to rotate freely instead of binding up. It's also a bit longer and curved slightly to give more negative camber (adds .75 of negative camber).
  • M3 headlight adjusting rod (37142283867)
    Replaces the stock rod on cars with adaptive headlights.

  • With the added negative camber the steering is sharper and understeer is reduced. And the stiffer bushings and bearings deflect less which also improves steering feel and response. Since all of these parts are from the M3 there is no question on quality or longevity; no doubt as to their effectiveness or reputation. There's almost no downside to this upgrade. These are intended for street cars but even lightly tracked cars will see significant benefits to the handling and response.

    We offer this package with the OEM TRW brand components or with Original BMW branded parts (stamped with TRW logo).

    This M3 upgrade package fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335i - Sedan
    2006-2011 E91 BMW 328i - Wagon
    2007-2012 E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is - Coupe
    2007-2012 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: E9X-M3-TRW-CONTROL-ARM-UPGRADE
    Price: $387.75 (USD) 
    This arm controls the toe alignment in the M3 rear suspension. When these bushings wear out the tire loses toe control and the tire has too much lateral in/out movement. This can make the handling feel very nervous and imprecise and like the rear end is steering itself.

    The rear toe arm is sold per side (both sides are the same). We offer this as the Original BMW part.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2012-2013 E82 BMW 1M Coupe
    2008-2011 E90 BMW M3 - Sedan
    2008-2013 E92 BMW M3 - Coupe
    2008-2013 E93 BMW M3 - Convertible
    This fits 1M/M3 models only. It is not used on non-M models.
    Part #: 33322283549
    Price: $80.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    As Used on Project E92 335i
    These M3 rear guide rod arms are an upgrade for the non-M cars. The stock non-M arms are made from sheetmetal spot welded together at the ends. The arm tends to flex and bend under even moderate cornering loads. Factor in gripper tires and more torque and this arm is inadequate for stability and consistent handling. The M3 arms are one piece of aluminum offering greater strength and with a sealed monoball inner bushing that allows the arm to rotate (instead of twisting).

    This package includes:
    • Left M3 Guide Rod - 33322283547
    • Right M3 Guide Rod - 33322283548

    Buy as a package and save $$!

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i 1M Coupe
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive M3 - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive M3 - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i M3 - Convertible
    Part #: E9X-M3-R-GUIDE-ROD-UPGRADE
    Price: $363.90 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    These M3 rear upper link arms are an upgrade for the non-M cars. The stock non-M arms are made from sheetmetal and tends to flex and bend under even moderate cornering loads. Factor in gripper tires and more torque and this arm is inadequate for stability and consistent handling. The M3 arms are one piece of aluminum offering greater strength and with a sealed monoball inner bushing that allows the arm to rotate (instead of twisting).

    This package includes:
  • Left M3 Upper Link Arm (Wishbone) - 33322283545
  • Right M3 Upper Link Arm (Wishbone) - 33322283546
  • M3 brake sensor brackets (x 2) - 34522283017
  • Buy as a package and save $$!

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: E9X-M3-R-UPPER-LINK-UPGRADE
    Price: $415.80 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    Replacement stock guide rod for the E82 1-series, E9X 3-series, and E84 X1. The guide rod helps to locate the rear suspension to the subframe and controls changes in the alignment as the suspension moves. As the rubber bushings wear, the alignment can change drastically, leading to a loose or floating handling feel. This is the stock replacement for the Left/Driver's side.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: 33326782237
    Price: $137.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    Replacement stock guide rod for the E82 1-series, E9X 3-series, and E84 X1. The guide rod helps to locate the rear suspension to the subframe and controls changes in the alignment as the suspension moves. As the rubber bushings wear, the alignment can change drastically, leading to a loose or floating handling feel. This is the stock replacement for the Right/Passenger's side.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: 33326782238
    Price: $137.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    Replacement stock toe control arm (track strut) for the E82 1-series and E9X 3-series. The track strut controls the toe alignment of the rear suspension (whether the tire points in or out on a horizontal axis) It also helps to locate the suspension to the subframe. As the rubber bushings wear, the tire can actually drift in and out of alignment, resulting in a loose or unstable handling feel (especially when accelerating in a corner). This is the stock replacement that fits either the Left or Right side of the vehicle.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: 33326763471
    Price: $63.95 (USD) 
    Replacement stock lower trailing arm for the E82 1-series and E9X 3-series. The trailing arm is also an impact arm, and is designed to bend if the wheel takes a major impact. It can also be bent by tow truck operators looking for something to hook onto. However it happens, if the trailing arm is bent it will throw off the alignment for the rear suspension. There are rubber bushings at either end that also wear but these can be replaced separately (new arm does not include new bushings). This is the stock replacement that fits either the Left or Ride side of the vehicle.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i 1M Coupe
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive M3 - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive M3 - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i M3 - Convertible
    Part #: 33326763477
    Price: $47.95 (USD) 
    Quantity:   
    Replacement stock upper link (wishbone) #33326777980 for the E82 1-series and E9X 3-series. The wishbone helps to locate the rear suspension to the subframe and controls changes in the alignment as the suspension moves. As the rubber bushings wear, the alignment can change drastically, leading to a loose or floating handling feel. This is the stock replacement that fits either the Left or Right of the car. Price is per arm.

    This item fits the following BMWs:
    2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i 135i
    2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi 335d 335i 335xi 335i xDrive - Sedan
    2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
    2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 335i 335is 335xi 335i xDrive - Coupe
    2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i - Convertible
    Part #: 33326777980X
    Price: $109.95 (USD)