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AM Autoparts control arms & ball joints

Hello. I have a 1965 Mercury Comet caliente. I want to replace the upper and lower ball joints. I found a place on the Internet called AM Autoparts and it sells a 4 piece set that includes the upper and lower control arms with the ball joints and bushings already installed for $141.99 plus free ground shipping. It sounds like an easy way to go but it also seems awfully cheap. I realize these must come from China but what doesn't. Anybody out there that has tried using these? The part # is AM-1158645477. Thank you.

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em awfully cheap.

I put all 4 (upper and lower) in a 65 mustang a few weeks ago.

We got them from CJ pony parts

They offered 2 different springs seats for the upper arms.

One was like 15 bucks. The other was like 50 bucks.

I think the car had the 15 dollar ones installed somewhere as the bushings were squishing out and the quality was really $H I T

We ordered the 50 dollar jobs with the 100 dollar upper arms.

The spring seats on the 50 dollar ones were rock solid and moved freely.

I was really impressed.I am sure they wont be squishing out.

Be careful here what you buy as these parts are a tad hard to install

You dont want to be doing it twice.
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The are the cheap ones

https://www.dearbornclassics.com/196...unt-lower.html

The rubber bushing will squish out in no time , justlike the OE

These: https://www.cjponyparts.com/cj-class...5-1973/p/CSS4/

The 55 dollar ones will outlast the car.They move freely without play, and have hard elastomer bushings.

The cheap ones are soft and are the compliant type, and will fail easily

It looks like the comet and the mustang share the suspension parts.

BUT do your homework , ask questions. Compare part numbers. Cross reference stuf. Best to use a ford part number to cross with. I am sure you want good quality stuff. The cheap ones at AM might be a huge
dissapointment

The 100 dollar control arms at cj pony parts are better quality ,IMHO , as I looked at the ones I removed from the car and they looked like a cheap o version.

https://www.cjponyparts.com/scott-dr...5-1966/p/UCA3/
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Ball joints have come with the lower arms on Mustangs & Falcons, etc for over 40 years. I have yet to see them come with the upper arms.


Upper arms with the new style shaft & bushings have been around for years too. They used to come with the arm & shaft kit, no ball joint or seat spring assembly. It all depends on what you are doing with the car, every day driving like a normal person (nobody that I know...) they will probably be fine.
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