[A4] estimates for control / ball joints

Igor Kessel kbattpo at verizon.net
Tue Apr 27 16:42:53 EDT 2004

Joel Landsverk wrote:
> Richard,
> I talked with ECS about this.  He said that the full kit, all hardware
> included, is $599, same as you said.
> I don't think I'm going to tackle this myself.  I've gotten in over my
> head too many times. He also said it's a full day for his shop to
> complete it.  So at $65/hr, that's about another $500.  Ouch.  But, he
> says that should last a while, as these parts are getting better and
> better all the time.
> Joel L.
>>>>"Richard Hurt" <rhurt at thepoint.net> 4/27/2004 12:19:36 PM >>>
> Joel,
> I need to do this same operation on my '98Q and I found a pretty good 
> deal at ECS (thanx to this list :).  They have a couple of packages 
> (w/wo tie rod ends) for $529.95 & $599.95 that look pretty complete.  I
> need to call them and ask if there is anything else that is required 
> (seals, nuts & bolts, washers, tools, etc.) to do this job start to 
> finish.  I don't want to have my front end apart and then realize that
> I 
> need some extra dealer only part.  :/
> Anyway, if anyone has any feedback on these kits, or tips on doing this
> in your own garage, I would truly appreciate it.
> Later...
>    Richard
> BTW: Here's the links for those kits:
> Meyle Upgraded OE Control Arm Kit W/Hardware
> http://www.ecstuning.com/stage/edpd/pagebuild_v2.cgi/?html=learnmore.html&productID=3005
> Meyle Upgraded OE Control Arm & Heavy Duty Tie Rod End Kit W/Hardware
> http://www.ecstuning.com/stage/edpd/pagebuild_v2.cgi/?html=learnmore.html&productID=3006
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Or you can spend $6.47 on a set of 10 M6 grease fittings from 
McMaster-Carr, tap them into hte ball joints, grease them and don't 
replace the control arms at all. It's been about two months since I've 
done my wife's '98 A4. So far it's dead quiet.

Igor Kessel
two turbo quattros in the stable,
the third one is in the works

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