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Gordon13
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Front end rebuild

Post by Gordon13 » Fri 01 Apr, 2016 18:58

Got a little play in the front ball joints so started looking into bits.

Lots of options but have found a set of wishbones inc ball joints, rear bush, drop links and complete track rods for £95

price sounds good - they are German made by ECD.

I've not heard of them, are they any good ? anyone have any experience of them or recommendations ???

Cheers Gordon
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Wookee
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  Z3 roadster 1.9i
Location: Herts

Re: Front end rebuild

Post by Wookee » Fri 01 Apr, 2016 20:01

I can't say I've heard of them, but I'll be very interested to know how your rebuild goes as I'll be doing something similar next winter....got the rear to do first.

freds dad
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Re: Front end rebuild

Post by freds dad » Sat 02 Apr, 2016 07:12

I bought some ABS sensors from ECD recently. The price was £27 for both sides. The stealer wanted £94 for one.
Great service, ordered Friday and delivered Tuesday.

Del
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Re: Front end rebuild

Post by Del » Sat 02 Apr, 2016 10:34

I have not heard of the brand before. I like a bargain myself and I am certainly not a disciple for only buying expensive BMW parts. However, that price is probably less than half that which you would pay for other decent quality aftermarket parts such as Meyle HD or Lemforder (the OE manufacturer) and so I can only assume they are budget quality parts. Even the budget brand at Euro Car parts would set you back that money just for the control arms alone without the rear bush.

Unless you can get some good reviews from other users, I would be worried about quality and fit.

Alan W
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Re: Front end rebuild

Post by Alan W » Sat 02 Apr, 2016 10:58

I would imagine okay if needed for an mot to sell a car but if you are keeping the car l'd say for steering / suspension l would go for Meyle HD or Lemforder. There are a lot of cheap cheap nasty Chinese parts around and there is and old saying.. buy cheap and you end up buying twice.. and on a more serious note dont try to save money on brakes/suspension/steering... your life might depend on it!
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mrscalex
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Front end rebuild

Post by mrscalex » Sat 02 Apr, 2016 14:47

If I get the Meyle HD set:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200762551643

Is there anything else that is sensible to change at the same time? Maybe the anti-roll bar stabiliser link - this one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272164984048

I'm not interested in a full-on refurb of the suspension/steering but I want to change what's sensible while I'm in there. May be track rod ends as well? Possibly in a full kit like this - seems a good price?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171236978281
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Rafolian
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Re: Front end rebuild

Post by Rafolian » Sun 03 Apr, 2016 07:14

I have fitted them to my 2.8 after an itv ball joint failure. Fitted with no problems and quality wise looked no different to the ones I removed. (I know you can't tell metal quality by sight!) I have had the car for nearly 4 years now, and have no intention of selling in the foreseeable future, so if they fail (which I would doubt) I will let you all know!

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Gordon13
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Re: Front end rebuild

Post by Gordon13 » Thu 07 Apr, 2016 20:18

Thanks for the input guys.

I am also a Meyle HD or Lemforder fan and agree that quality is important

The ECD ones are German and was hoping lots of people were going to sing their praises and save me £70 against the Meyle HD or Lemforder Kit.
Rafolian wrote:I have fitted them to my 2.8 after an itv ball joint failure. Fitted with no problems and quality wise looked no different to the ones I removed. (I know you can't tell metal quality by sight!) I have had the car for nearly 4 years now, and have no intention of selling in the foreseeable future, so if they fail (which I would doubt) I will let you all know!
Did you fit them 4 years ago? any tyre wear problems ?

Regards Gordon
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