BMW Control Arm Replacements & Upgrades for BMW E92 M3 S65 4.0L

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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.

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M3 Front Upper+Lower Control Arm Upgrade - Left and Right - E82, E9X
Packaged by Turner - Corporate Logo
T#:339948
Part#: TMS12059
Inventory On Order, ETA Aug 25, 2021
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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 

 

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Rear Pitman Arm "Dog Bone"- E23 E24 E28 E34 E32
Lemforder - Corporate Logo
T#:72
Part#: 33321126476
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$39.95
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This is the rear pitman arm that mounts between the trailing arm and the rear axle. It is also referred to as the "dog bone" or the "drop arm". Over time this, wear and tear will necessitate its replacement. OEM Lemforder's replacement will replace everything back to new condition.

OEM Lemförder 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. Lemförder 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!

This item fits the following BMWs:
1982-1988 E28 BMW 524td 528e 533i 535i 535is M5
1983-1989 E24 BMW 633csi 635csi M6
1983-1987 E23 BMW 733i 735i

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OEM TRW Front Upper Control Arm - Left - E82 1M, E9X M3
TRW - Corporate Logo
T#:304216
Part#: 31102283575
Expected Ship Date: 1-3 days
$91.30
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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 part can also be used as an upgrade on non-M E82, E9X, and E89 Z4 models. The inner bushing on the M3 arm is a solid rubber instead of the fluid-filled non-M design. This solid rubber part will last longer and be more responsive thanks to less deflection in the bushing. The M3 arm is a direct replacement for the stock non-M part.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 328i 330i 335d 335i M3 - Sedan
2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i - Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 335i 335is M3 - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i 335i M3 - Convertible
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OEM TRW Front Left Control Arm - E82 1 M Coupe, E9X M3
TRW - Corporate Logo
T#:304217
Part#: 31102283577
Inventory On Order, ETA Aug 13, 2021
56% off MSRP $171.03
$75.95
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E82/E9X Rear Lower Aluminum Trailing Arms (Pair)
ECS - Corporate Logo
T#:363261
Part#: 001258ECS01
In Stock
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$239.15
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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

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Turner Performance Adjustable Front Lower Control Arms - E82/88 E9X
Turner Motorsport - Corporate Logo
T#:588023
Part#: 025990TMS02
In Stock
Sale - Save 3% $571.95
$554.79
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Looking for upgraded lower control arms that don't limit adjustment capabilities like the OE control arms? These Turner Performance Lower Control Arms may be exactly what you need! These CNC'd billet aluminum control arms allow you to adjust roll center, camber, and track width easily and lock in your adjustments securely. The construction of these control arms allows for significant weight savings, reducing unsprung weight, while maintaining high levels of strength that is up to track use and abuse. Instead of using traditional jam nuts, these Turn