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    Quick front control arm question...

    Hey guys,

    Really quick, is the outer ball joint of a front lower control arm out of an E46 M3 removable?

    Working on a swap, and I need a different outer ball joint stud size.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Should be able to remove and replace it, if that's what you are trying to do.

    I for one do not recommend just replacing the ball joints, as the aluminum arms are more likely to break later on down the road vers the old solid steel ones in the E-36.
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    No, I agree completely. With the research I've conducted, I have concluded to purchase E46 330i ZHP control arms instead with removable ball joints instead. The only reason I wanted to know if I could remove the ball joints in an E46 M arm was to replace the outer ball joint with something of a smaller shaft size to fit into an E36 M3 steering knuckle.

    Using E46 330i ZHP arms instead with the appropriate outer ball joint shaft size is simply easier and already equipped properly for my swap. I have no desire to try to make these arms last any longer than they should on the car, I only care that they fit.
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