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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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Sounds like a hack-job to me. Suspension is an extremely dangerous place for hacked repairs.

There are people who rebuild the control arms, and there are also do-it-yourself rebuild kits available. This link should give you plenty of reading material on your options, as well as the vendors who sell the parts and rebuild the arms.

http://www.clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/susp-10.htm

I have never tried any of these repairs, so i can't vouch for them, but they have GOT to be better than cutting and welding up a control arm from some other car to fit!!
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If your arm is in good shape, and the balljoint bushings are just worn out, then rebuild both arms at the same time yourself for less than $200. It's a piece of cake, provided that you have a little bit of mechanical ability and posses a decent bench vise.

I've used the kit from www.rennbay.com on a friends car, and the kit from http://www.ssiauto.com/porscheperformance.shtml on my car.

It should take you a few hours total. The first one will take a little bit, the second one will be a snap, after that you will be a pro.

Ask me any questions if you would like, I'd be happy to help with advise.......

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I agree. I think it's a bad idea to fit another control arm / ball joint from a domestic car. I think i'll spend the extra $$$ and get a rebuilt arm.

I don't plan on doing the job myself (deed restrictions won't allow it for one thing, I'm a klutz with a wrench for another). I just don't want to be overcharged for the part at a garage (or more likely be told to take the car to an authorized service center because they can't get the part).

I know of a couple of places to try to have the repair done and it should only cost me regular shop time.

From what i've been told when I had the car inspected it was only a bad ball joint.
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