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Old 03-04-2013, 08:37 PM
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Default Best Rear Adjustble Control Arms?

Hi, I need some adjustable control arms to my MINI and I don't know what to buy:




1-H-Sport:

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2-HOTCHKIS:

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3-Alta V2:

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3-Megan Racing:

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4-Ebay:

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The car is not for the track, just daily driven.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:54 PM
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H-Sport and Hotchkis are one and the same...
I went with them because of the incorporated grease zerks and the flex bushings at each end. They isolate the NVH much better than the solid heim joint style, which tend to loosen up and rattle over time. This brand also offers replacement bushing, so they can be rebuilt if need be...
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:36 PM
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H-Sport / Hotchkis have been the go to for 10+ years now . Cant go wrong there .

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:44 PM
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I installed the H-sport arms not too long ago. Fairly easy install once you figure out what you're doing. No complaints here. And they seem to pop up for sale used with good prices often, so keep your eye out.
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there is also SPC/eibach

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i loved mine and they're silent.
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Hotchkis or bust.
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I have H-Sport upper and lower on my R53 (they're great as they're serviceable via the zirk fitting).

I also have SPC upper and lower on my R56 they're also great, super quiet, beautiful sturdy design.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:37 AM
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Definitely interested in some opinions, especially for the R53
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:11 AM
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R50 through R60 all take the same control arms (except of course, the R51 and R54).
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:25 AM
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Thanks for all the replies.

I think the "ebay" ones don't work well? I've seen various and had similar design of SPC/Eibach.
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Thanks for all the replies.

I think the "ebay" ones don't work well? I've seen various and had similar design of SPC/Eibach.
The ebay ones do not appear to have a flattened center section to allow the fitting of a wrench which makes them a little easier to adjust but thats minor. the real key with any of these are the end mounts . If they are cheap they will wear out quickly and the noise will drive you crazy. I'm not saying the Ebay have that issue but thats where the quality is needed.

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How are the Helix and TSW control arms? I'm debating between those two and the H-Sport.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:21 PM
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The ebay ones do not appear to have a flattened center section to allow the fitting of a wrench which makes them a little easier to adjust but thats minor. the real key with any of these are the end mounts . If they are cheap they will wear out quickly and the noise will drive you crazy. I'm not saying the Ebay have that issue but thats where the quality is needed.

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Thanks. Sounds fair to me.
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R50 through R60 all take the same control arms (except of course, the R51 and R54).
Didn't know that. Thanks
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there is also SPC/eibach

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i loved mine and they're silent.
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