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Old 04-23-2007, 03:51 AM
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I'd love to hear from those in the know about likes or dislikes with Alta control arms. I've heard mixed feeling about them. Thanks for any input.
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:21 AM
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I had a set on my last MCS 05' nice parts..no issues with mine. They were on the car for 30,000 miles and are still on the car today (new owner)
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I keep hearing how the squeak and that they are for "race only" because of there "heim joints". I also read that these are not allowed in auto X events in any of the classes. I have a chance to pick up a used pair but I don't want to "add" noise to my car.

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I had a set on my last MCS 05' nice parts..no issues with mine. They were on the car for 30,000 miles and are still on the car today (new owner)
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I have a set on my 03, and I have no complaints. On for about 40k miles now.

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I keep hearing how the squeak and that they are for "race only" because of there "heim joints". I also read that these are not allowed in auto X events in any of the classes. I have a chance to pick up a used pair but I don't want to "add" noise to my car.
I'm not 100% sure...but I'm pretty sure heim joints just put you in street-prep...which isnt a very good class for 99% of mini drivers....but you could still race.

But do altas really use heim joints? I didnt think they did?
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:42 PM
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Here's a quote from there web site.

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The ALTA Performance™ control arms are machined from billet 6061t6 aluminum and threaded to accept heim joint ends. This eliminates unnecessary welding and extra pieces, further increasing strength.
I'm glad to hear from some that have them and have had no problems with noise. I have a chance to pick a pair up (used. I'm looking for some control over camber adjustment over stock. I thought I'd pick these up and if they don't work out would hope that I could sell them for what I paid for them.
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They do have Heim joints! I haven;t had any problems with my 2 sets of control arms. I do keep them cleaned and lubed. Usually 1 time per month i spray deep penetrant lube in them and twist the whole unit until it becomes easy to swivel. If you dont do this they do end up squeaking.
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Thanks for the reply ! I guess this guy went and bought IE end joints because he was having problems with clicking. He later found out that it was because one of the control arms was loose. I'm meeting up with him this morning so we'll see what's up.
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Now I have seen IE Control arms de-thread and fail!
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I also read that these are not allowed in auto X events in any of the classes.
Really? I find that a little odd. But I have only done BMWCCA Auto X's.
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Went and picked up the control arms this morning and they look to be brand new. I was confused about him replacing the end pieces with IE ends. What he did is bought brand new IE control arms and took these off all together. I think I will be very happy with them. I do like the IE and H-sport design better for my mostly street application but, If I keep them lubed up as MR GB suggest I think they will do what I need them to do. Thanks for all of your reply's.
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just re-lubed mine! HS 2000 penetrant! No noise now!

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