'66, stock resto but upgrading to "Chevelle" discs and 15 inch steel wheels.
I currently have 2 sets of front lower control arms (old, dirty/greasy), along with Moog rubber bushings (although I might only have the larger round bushings). I also have both Moog and ProForged lower ball joints.
Last year, after reading about old arms cracking at the BJ, I finally decided to buy new, repro lower arms... So I now have the set of new, repro arms (non-returnable based on when I purchased
Has anyone had a problem with, or heard of a problem with the STOCK repro lower arms or BJs? I know I have heard of BJs breaking in the imported tubular arms, but nothing about "stock" repro arms.
Removing the stock arms yesterday, I noticed some minor damage (scraped on edge but not bent), and looks like damage from the steering arm tail hitting the arm (odd because its a low-mileage, manual steering car)... Come to think of it, my other set of arms might have have a loose BJ at one time (not sure if I can identify that set now).
So the dilemma is to:
- rebuild the stock arms (50+ year old) with the new BJs & bushings
- use the repro lower arms as-is
- Use the repro lower arms, but with new Moog or ProForged BJs