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Bad ball joint options?

I have a worn lower right ball joint on my 85 late model 944. To replace the ball joint i'm told I have to replace the entire control arm. I've been searching around and the cheapest i've seen for the part is around $400.00. That's a little pricey.

Now i've heard that a new arm could be fabricated from a ford or chevy. The person who told me this isn't sure which vehicle but he says that any experienced 944 mechanic or scrap yard would most likely know what i'm talking about. The benefit of this is that if the ball joint went again it would be a cheap fix.

I know a lot of people would be against this because it's best to keep the car original and all but this is my daily driver and i'm not really interested in sinking a lot of money into the car. I've even considered getting a maaco paint job done on it.

Has anybody heard about this fix?
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There are rebuild kits available. Try www.rennbay.com.

As long as the structure of the arm is sound you can rebuild it. If not a rebuildable used arm can be found for around $100.

You can also use the early steel arms where a replacement ball joint can be bolted into the arm. You would have to change out the ends of the sway bar.

Sure would like to know which off brand a-arm he's thinking of. I don't know of any.
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