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post #1 of 13 Old Feb 12th, 2013, 6:31 pm Thread Starter
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99 LT bent front control arm

Hi folks,

So I put my bike in the shop for some work and the dealer is telling me that the front control arm is bent and the steering damper is leaking fluid. Wants $1500 for the control arm replacement plus $400 or so for the damper. Has anyone tried this at home? I checked the Clymer, manual which says you need a BMW tool kit.

Any advice?

Thanks!
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You could do it but the arm is $545 alone and the collection of sockets and washers to emulate the special bearing tools may be beyond your tool box. Special socket is needed to torque the nut holding the front of the link to the fork bridge/ball joint. Also a lot has to come off to get to it all Tupperware and fuel tank. That is not a bad price but the steering damper I would pass on as there have been some here that have fixed theirs and there are better aftermarket units. Wonder just how big a pot hole did you hit to bend the telelever?

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Thanks John,

I just purchased the bike a couple months ago, so it wasn't me! I just learned of this problem. I am comfortable doing a lot of my own work on the bike, but this sounds like it's more than i should attempt with the tools I have to work with.

Do you have recommendations for the damper?
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So I put my bike in the shop for some work and the dealer is telling me that the front control arm is bent and the steering damper is leaking fluid. Wants $1500 for the control arm replacement plus $400 or so for the damper. Has anyone tried this at home? I checked the Clymer, manual which says you need a BMW tool kit.

Any advice?

Thanks!
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I just replaced my front control arm. The throttle body had to be removed & the wiring harness including the computer & the relay box had to be raised about two inches. I had to make a quite few tools. It was not to difficult but it was time consuming.

I also replaced my lower fork tubes. I had no way to check for cracks. I had all of the good used parts in stock. With the hit my forks took to bend my control arm I didn't feel comfortable reusing them until I have them Zyglo tested for cracks. I will probably get the fork tubes Zyglo tested & x-rayed before I put them back on the shelf as good used parts.

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I don't know if your dealer saw a gross bend or he used this special jig to determine it was bent. Maybe Dave can elaborate how he decided his was bent. But I guess a second opinion could be in order. Do a search on steering dampners as there have been many posts here on it. I am still on the original one. Someone even posted a rebuild process.
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So I put my bike in the shop for some work and the dealer is telling me that the front control arm is bent and the steering damper is leaking fluid. Wants $1500 for the control arm replacement plus $400 or so for the damper. Has anyone tried this at home? I checked the Clymer, manual which says you need a BMW tool kit.

Any advice?

Thanks!
Just wondering...how did the bike ride before the "diagnosis"? Do you trust the mechanic at this dealer? I have had very poor dealer experiences and my bikes will never grace their doors. (multiple dealers) Just my opinion and I know they all smell the same.

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I don't know if your dealer saw a gross bend or he used this special jig to determine it was bent. Maybe Dave can elaborate how he decided his was bent.
Mine was easy to see. After I got in fight ( that I lost ) with a car on I-77 downtown Charlotte during rush hour my front fender was up against the lower engine cover. The LT had real quick steering afterwards.

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I haven't had a chance to ride it much, just a few miles. I bought it in December and it's just been too cold to ride and Ive been doing a lot of work on it during the winter. Most of the body is sitting in my bedroom. This is my first BMW. The dealer is Max BMW in NH. First dealings with them, so I dont know how good they are.
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I haven't had a chance to ride it much, just a few miles. I bought it in December and it's just been too cold to ride and Ive been doing a lot of work on it during the winter. Most of the body is sitting in my bedroom. This is my first BMW. The dealer is Max BMW in NH. First dealings with them, so I dont know how good they are.
No problem with Max's that I have heard...FYI there is a dealer closer in Worcester. (Wagner Motorsports)

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Ditto on Max. I have been to two of his shops, NH & NY. They are great!

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I've ordered some parts from Max and got great service. Prices as good as any place I've found online. They're running a special this month; free pick up and delivery! Figured I'd give their shop a shot. They're bringing the bike back Tuesday.
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So, after studying the Clymer manual for this, I think this one is over my head. Anyone in the Rhode Island area with the chops and tools that would enjoy helping me do this for a "small fee"??
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