BMW Control Arm Replacements & Upgrades for BMW 3 Series E91 (2006-2012)

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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.

E82/E9X Rear Lower Aluminum Trailing Arms (Pair)
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T#:363261
Part#: 001258ECS01
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The rear lower control arms on E82/E9X models are the weakest link in the rear suspension. The arm is made from folded sheetmetal and it bends and deforms easily. Not only will it deform from potholes and curbs, tow truck drivers love to hook onto them without realizing how weak they are. We have seen other race teams complete the box section to make them stronger. A bent arm will throw off the geometry in the suspension, potentially affecting handling and tire wear. These aluminum arms are both lighter and stronger than the factory sheetmetal arms and is the best solution for chronic bending of the stock arm. These are a direct replacement to your stock arms with no changes needed to your alignment. New high-grade hardware is included.

Note: the stock arm is designed from the factory to be intentionally weak. These arms will bend so that something else in the suspension does not break. Our race cars used the stock sheetmetal arm but we replaced them often. We found that it was better to finish a race with a bent arm than not finish due to a catastrophic failure. The ECS arms are still designed to be the weakest link but are far stronger than the factory arm and will not bend as easily.

This item fits the following BMWs:

2008-2013 E82 E88 BMW 128i 135i 1M Coupe
2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 330i 330xi 335i 335xi M3 - Sedan
2007-2011 E91 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi - Touring Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 335i 335is 335xi M3 - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i 335is M3 - Convertible

Turner Motorsport Front Control Arm Bearing Upgrade - Pre-Installed - E9x 325i, 328i, 330i, 335i/is RWD
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Part#: 013277TMS03
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BMWaEURtms are known to have failure prone front thrust arm bushings. The flexible rubber bushings, even those found in M performance models, allow significant movement of the front wheels to maximize daily driving comfort, but also allow considerable alignment change. This results in a disconnected and numb road feel, standing between you and a confidence inspiring driving experience. Eventually the fluid filled rubber bushings fatigue and crack due to continual deflection and ozone degradation, and eventually the damping fluid leaks out resulting in complete failure.

For the enthusiast looking for superior performance and longevity with a crisp, confidence-inspiring driving experience, our sealed ball joint monoballs are the best solution available! Our experience with spherical front control arm ball joints go back to those we designed and used in our IMSA E90 328i and E92 M3 racecars (GS class Champions in 2011). We wanted to offer E31, E32, E34, E38, E39, E53, E60, E63, E64, E83, and F8x M2/M3/M4 owners similar levels of handling precision and control for the track and street.

The bearing housing is precision CNC machined from 6061-T6 anodized aluminum and features a knurled OD to ensure a perfect press fit, and utilize a sealed OEM BMW ball joint for exceptional quality and durability, making them completely at home on both the street and track with no compromise. We have done extensive street, autocross, and track testing to ensure the ball joint used in this bushing design excels in each setting. The advantage of a sealed ball joint is that it eliminates all unwanted deflection while still allowing complete bind-free movement throughout suspension travel, resulting in exceptional control of wheel alignment. What you get is superior steering precision, turn-in response, direct braking feedback, and better handling.

In short, if you're seeking the ultimate in precise, predictable handling and control, with crisp braking response and a long service life thataEURtms equally at home on the street or track - look no further. We have you covered.

World-class features:

  • Corrosion resistant 304 Stainless steel shell.
  • Corrosion resistant 304 Stainless steel bolt sleeves.
  • Corrosion resistant 304 Stainless steel snap rings.
  • Sealed spherical ball joint for long service life.
  • OE fitment.
  • Does not require vehicle to be at ride height to be torqued to spec.

Performance Benefits:

  • Very streetable, quieter than poly with minimal NVH.
  • Improved steering feel and cornering response
  • Reduced friction over OE rubber bushing with no unwanted deflection under cornering and braking forces.
  • Does not require vehicle to be at ride height to be torqued to spec.

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

M3 Front Upper+Lower Control Arm Upgrade - Left and Right - E82, E9X
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T#:339948
Part#: TMS12059
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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).

Optional: M3 headlight adjusting rod (37142283867). This rod corrects the headlights for your ride height. The original non-M leveling rod will not work on the new M3 control arm. This rod is required on all cars with Xenon headlights but not needed for standard halogen lights.

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 1M Coupe
2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335i M3 - Sedan
2006-2011 E91 BMW 328i - Wagon
2007-2012 E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is M3 - Coupe
2007-2012 E93 BMW 328i 335i M3- Convertible

2009+ Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Z4 sDrive30i Z4 sDrive35i Z4 sDrive35is


M3/1M Front Control Arm Upgrade Kit
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T#:557629
Part#: 31102283577MKT1
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$389.19
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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 E9X 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 since they are not fluid-filled and harder rubber compound than the stock or Meyle HD 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).

OEM Lemforder Left Lower Control Arm/Tension Strut - E9X E84
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T#:363459
Part#: 31126768983
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Control arms begin to wear over time, leading to sloppy control of your vehicle. Anything from knocking, steering vibration, or even loss of vehicle control could occur. An OEM replacement from LemfAPrder is the perfect option to restore control and suspension quality.

OEM LemfAPrder is an engineering company that focuses on high-quality, precision manufacturing of critical suspension and steering components. Providing exceptionally high quality parts directly to BMW, as well as 50+ other big name automotive companies, such as Mercedes and Audi, their history of reliability and variety of offered parts makes them one of the biggest names for a go-to OEM parts provider. LemfAPrder parts place an important emphasis on design, production, and assembly, ensuring maximum reliability. They even coat all parts possible with corrosion protection for extended longevity.

As a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories since 1993, we at Turner Motorsport are honored to be the go-to supplier for tens of thousands of enthusiasts the world over. With over two decades of parts, service, and racing experience under our belt, we provide only quality performance and replacement parts. All of our performance parts are those we would (and do!) install and run on our own cars, as well as replacement parts that are Genuine BMW or from OEM manufacturers. We only offer parts we know you can trust to perform!

SPL Parts Titanium Series Adjustable Front Lower Street Control Arms - E8X E9X RWD
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T#:553781
Part#: SPLFLCAE9X
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These SPL Parts Front Lower Street Control arms replace OEM Part numbers 31122405860 and 31122405859

SPL Parts is a performance suspension manufacturer that designs and tests their products all in-house here in the USA. Additionally, all materials used are sourced from American suppliers to ensure consistently high quality products. SPL Parts products are all constructed using chromoly seamless straight tubing, DOM mandrel bent tubing, and 6061 and 2024 aluminum for high strength and quality. All TIG welding and CNC machining is also done locally by professional welders and machine shops to meet exact quality standards and tolerance specifications. For anything from racing to street driven needs, SPL Parts offer an amazing line of premium quality products that are perfect to get your car back in spec.

These SPL front lower control arms open up a wide range of adjustment for roll center, camber, and track width adjustment and allow for full articulation with the correct ball joint angle. Instead of using traditional jam nuts, the main arm is slotted to allow the use of pinch bolts and SPL rotating clamps on their exclusive adjuster, making it easier to lock in track width and camber specifications.

*includes headlight adjusting rod

SPL Parts Billet Lower Control/Trailing Arms Feature:

  • Lightweight Aluminum and Titanium construction
  • Electroless nickel plated 4130 Chromoly Double Adjuster for quick adjustment
  • Correct ball joint angle for full articulation
  • Rotating Clamp design allows for easy access to lock down alignment settings
  • Low friction 3 piece Teflon lined FK sphericals and Heim joints/rod ends
  • Multiple size Stainless Steel roll center spacers for precise adjustment

Fits the following BMWs:
2006-2013 E9X BMW RWD Submodels
2008-2013 E82/88 BMW All Submodels


Meyle Heavy Duty Front Left Curved Tension Strut - E82/E88 E9X
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T#:374212
Part#: 31126769797
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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. 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. For a street-driven car we advise yearly inspection and a full replacement every 3-4 years. For track-driven cars these should be inspected before every event and replaced every two years.

Meyle is a German brand in business since 1958 and all of their products are TUV approved and meet or exceed ISO standards. Heavy Duty components are designed to provide significantly long lifespans than other aftermarket and stock OE components. Each part includes a 4 year warranty.

As a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories since 1993, we at Turner Motorsport are honored to be the go-to supplier for tens of thousands of enthusiasts the world over. With over two decades of parts, service, and racing experience under our belt, we provide only quality performance and replacement parts. All of our performance parts are those we would (and do!) install and run on our own cars, as well as replacement parts that are Genuine BMW or from OEM manufacturers. We only offer parts we know you can trust to perform!

Features:

  • 4 Year Warranty

  • All metal ball joints are more reliable and longer lasting than stock

  • Bushings are solid rubber rather than fluid filled, providing longevity and handling feel improvements

Fits the following BMWs:
2006-2013 E9X BMW RWD Non-M
2007-2013 E82/88 BMW 128i 135i

OEM Lemforder Lower Control Arm - E9x E84
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T#:363458
Part#: 31126768989
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Control arms begin to wear over time, leading to sloppy control of your vehicle. Anything from knocking, steering vibration, or even loss of vehicle control could occur. An OEM replacement from LemfAPrder is the perfect option to restore control and suspension quality.

OEM LemfAPrder is an engineering company that focuses on high-quality, precision manufacturing of critical suspension and steering components. Providing exceptionally high quality parts directly to BMW, as well as 50+ other big name automotive companies, such as Mercedes and Audi, their history of reliability and variety of offered parts makes them one of the biggest names for a go-to OEM parts provider. LemfAPrder parts place an important emphasis on design, production, and assembly, ensuring maximum reliability. They even coat all parts possible with corrosion protection for extended longevity.

As a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories since 1993, we at Turner Motorsport are honored to be the go-to supplier for tens of thousands of enthusiasts the world over. With over two decades of parts, service, and racing experience under our belt, we provide only quality performance and replacement parts. All of our performance parts are those we would (and do!) install and run on our own cars, as well as replacement parts that are Genuine BMW or from OEM manufacturers. We only offer parts we know you can trust to perform!


Genuine BMW Front Left Lower Control Arm - 31122405859
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T#:222572
Part#: 31122405859
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This is a replacement Genuine BMW front left lower control arm. If you are looking for a beefier, adjustable replacement set of arms, SPL offers Titanium Series Adjustable Front Lower Street Control Arms for E8X E9X RWD

Genuine BMW Repair Kit, Wishbone, Left - 31122405859


M3/1M Rear Upper Control Arm Upgrade Kit
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T#:341241
Part#: 33322283547KT4
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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).
Front Lower Control Arm - Left or Right - E9X Xi AWD/xDrive
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T#:2338
Part#: 31126768989
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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
OEM Lemforder Right Lower Control Arm/Tension Strut - E9X E84
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T#:363460
Part#: 31126768984
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Control arms begin to wear over time, leading to sloppy control of your vehicle. Anything from knocking, steering vibration, or even loss of vehicle control could occur. An OEM replacement from LemfAPrder is the perfect option to restore control and suspension quality.

OEM LemfAPrder is an engineering company that focuses on high-quality, precision manufacturing of critical suspension and steering components. Providing exceptionally high quality parts directly to BMW, as well as 50+ other big name automotive companies, such as Mercedes and Audi, their history of reliability and variety of offered parts makes them one of the biggest names for a go-to OEM parts provider. LemfAPrder parts place an important emphasis on design, production, and assembly, ensuring maximum reliability. They even coat all parts possible with corrosion protection for extended longevity.

As a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories since 1993, we at Turner Motorsport are honored to be the go-to supplier for tens of thousands of enthusiasts the world over. With over two decades of parts, service, and racing experience under our belt, we provide only quality performance and replacement parts. All of our performance parts are those we would (and do!) install and run on our own cars, as well as replacement parts that are Genuine BMW or from OEM manufacturers. We only offer parts we know you can trust to perform!



Genuine BMW Front Right Lower Control Arm - 31122405860
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T#:222573
Part#: 31122405860
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This is a replacement Genuine BMW front Right lower control arm. If you are looking for a beefier, adjustable replacement set of arms, SPL offers Titanium Series Adjustable Front Lower Street Control Arms for E8X E9X RWD

Genuine BMW Repair Kit, Wishbone, Right - 31122405860

Genuine BMW Hex Bolt With Washer 31106763928
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T#:19903
Part#: 31106763928
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Genuine BMW Hex Bolt With Washer - M12X1.5X115-8.8
This item fits the following BMW Chassis:
E82 1M Coupe,E82,E89 Z4,E90,E92,E93

Meyle Heavy Duty Front Right Curved Tension Strut - E82/88 E9X
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T#:374210
Part#: 31126769798
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The original factory bushings are fluid filled and rely on the fluid to absorb vibration and resist deflection. When the fluid is gone the rubber left over cannot match the original bushing's strength. The left over rubber is not stiff enough to resist the movements from the suspension. The result is a lot of vibration and reduced feedback and response from the steering.

Meyle has addressed this issue with bushings that are not fluid-filled. The bushing is made of solid rubber that will last longer than the original bushing and is a bit stiffer than new originals for better response and feel. The lack of play from the solid rubber design will mean sharper steering, restoring much of the car's precision and 'connected' feel.

This control arm comes with the Meyle HD bushings already pressed in. This makes for an easy swap out-swap in install. These arms replace the existing stock upper control arms - otherwise known as a tension strut or strut support arm. It's the arm with the twist.

Meyle is a German brand in business since 1958 and all of their products are TUV approved and meet or exceed ISO standards. All Meyle HD parts come with a 4-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Features:

  • 4 Year Warranty

  • All metal ball joints are more reliable and longer lasting than stock

  • Bushings are solid rubber rather than fluid filled, providing longevity and handling feel improvements

This item fits the following BMWs:
2007-2013 E82/88 BMW All submodels
2006-2009 E9X BMW Non-M


M3/1M Front and rear Control Arm Upgrade Kit
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T#:557628
Part#: 33322283547KT9
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Wanting more out of your BMW without having horrid ride quality? This is not only an extremely common handling upgrade, but one of the best upgrades you can do. These control arms are much sturdier than your factory units and feature much stiffer bushings and ball joints. Not only does this kit give you an extremely effective upgrade, it's the perfect excuse to get rid of your factory arms that are at the edge of being road worthy.