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Control Arm repalcement

Hi guys I have a 74 914 2.0 and at the end of last year the rear passenger side control arm bracket broke. I had a guy stop by and tell me that they make a replacement bracket for it and was wondering if any of you have had to replace this and where aI can get one?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!



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Uh oh. Usually when the suspension console breaks it is due to rust - caused primarily by the battery on the passenger side.

I think you should have someone that knows 914s well look your car over - you may need a lot more work than just the suspension repair. Usually the rust goes much deaper - the longitudinal gets weak and the car starts to sag. When this happens it is often best to get a new body to swap your parts onto.
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What he said. Usually, if that piece (the "suspension console") gets weak enough to break, there is a lot more rust near that area. Often it is serious structural rot.

Depending on the verdict of someone knowledgeable, it may be worthwhile to buy a low-rust CA chassis for $500-$2500 and pay the $500-1000 to have it shipped out to you. It could wind up being cheaper in the long run.

There are some OH folks on this BBS, and there are other midwesterners around. Have one of them check the car for you. Or have a very good bodyshop--preferably one with 914 experience--check the car thoroughly. You midwesterners have different definitions of what is "acceptible rust" than we CA people do...

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Thanks guys!
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