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  1. Going to be ordering suspension and control arms for my 02 Passat 1.8T

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    After resurrecting my 02 Passat from the dead due to a timing belt failure (see here), I can see now that if I plan to drive this car for another 100,000 miles, I'm going to need to address some things in the suspension and brakes. I have most of the parts I need to complete the brake work...
  2. Density Adjustable control arms

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi everyone i know that this thread has been covered but when i look at these older threads it seems that at the time no one has really got a real experience with the density Control arms of 034 motorsport. Like everyone knows the Passat B5 don't have a camber kit so the best option is to...
  3. Lower suspension arms

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi, I need a new lower suspension arm, front right lower rearward and front left lower rearward on my 2001 FWD B5.5 does it matter if I get forward or rearward or any of that or are they all the same shape anyway?
  4. lower control arms - cut the bolt or lower the sub-frame?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've been reading various threads about replacing the front lower control arms and some say to cut the bolt at the frame side of the control arms and some say to lower the sub-frame to get the bolt out. Is the problem bolt on both the frontward and rearward arms? Or, only one of the arms? It...
  5. dust boots for lower control arms

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Did anyone replace ball joint boots on lower front arms? So far the only exact match I found in USA is Febest's VWBJB-001. Besides relatively high price, their quality seems to be quite poor. I'm surprised that no one else sells this size.
  6. No bushings on upper control arms.. Safe?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hours of trying to get the pinch bolt out, I finally gave up. I'm taking my car to a shop to get the bolt removed on Monday, so my question is how safe to drive it all weekend with almost no rubber bushings left on control arms? There's some up-n-down play in the left one now. Is it going to...
  7. Control arms and alignment issues and question

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2004 V6 Passat Went to get the tires rotated and an alignment done yesterday. Car has been pulling to the right and the steering wheel is off center a bit. After ~ 2.5 hrs they couldn't do the alignment due to the drivers side inner and outer tie rod end being bad and not being able to loosen...
  8. Upper control arms - pinch bolt - the hard way or the easy way

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I wasted most of my day trying to use brute force to remove the pinch bolt for the upper control arms. For the drivers side, I used an air impact hammer and after a few hours the bolt loosened but on the passenger side, the bolt would not loosen with the impact hammer and also heating with an...
  9. Mcpherson eccentric bolt vs adjustable control arms. Cheap fix for camber?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I got my hands on a alignment specs book for all the cars at my job (work at spring and alignment shop), and found there that i may possibly not need adjustable control arms to get rid of camber through mcpherson eccentric bolt that mounts on a strut. It's new to me, i feel like if it was that...
  10. how to diagnose front upper control arms

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I apologize in advance, this is a dumb question. I replaced my front drivers side upper control arms. I replaced them because I had a knocking sound coming from the front end. That was a few weeks ago and the knocking sound stopped. I meant to check the passenger side but I forgot. Now I...
  11. Where to buy a set of replacement bolts for upper control arms?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I got a great deal on some replacement upper control arms - but - the arms do not come with the replacement bolts and nuts. If I buy them at the dealer they charge about $10 for each bolt and $5 for the nut but they didn't seem sure of which bolts to sell me and wanted me to bring the old bolts...
  12. replacing front upper control arms -- cut the control arms?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I read everything I could find about replacing the upper control arms and watched the Bentley video. One guy said that he just uses a sawsall to cut the control arms then after the whole strut (or whatever it's called) assembly is out, then you have easier access to work on the pinch bolt...
  13. Pics of Difference between rear lower control arms

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello I'm working on the control arm replacement. I pull out my new fcs lower rear control arm and it seems different than the stock one. The new one is shorter, has a bigger ball joint and the taper is not as long. My car is a 2000 and I thought the change in taper occurred in 2003 and made...
  14. Lower Control Arms Shock Absorber Bolt stuck

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I started work on the Lower control arms and I ran into my first snag. (Surprise surprise). The bold that goes through the shock absorber and rear lower control arm turned (with great effort) maybe an 3 or 4 turns and stuck fast. I can't seem to turn it anymore in either direction. It is almost...
  15. Questions re: Control Arms work

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have watched FCP's videos on how to do the control arms upper and lower and outer tie rod ends. I plan to do this work starting tomorrow. A few questions. First, I am aware of the FCP nut size problem. Second I know what a PITA the pinch bolt is. I've taken the strut tower out before and I...
  16. Will these Control Arms fit?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I found this kit for control arms. Mine are squeaking which must mean forseeable demise. I have a stock standard 2000 V6 ATQ fwd manual. I've taken the spindle apart before to replace the shocks...
  17. :: ECS Tuning :: ECS Adjustable Rear Toe Arms For Your VW - New Item !!!

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    Click HERE to order or for more information. ECS Adjustable Rear Toe Arms For Your VW - Reduce suspension movement for increased traction and stability! With these arms you may easily adjust rear toe, which keeps tire wear at bay and to replace the factory bushings with durable pillow-ball...
  18. FS: 034 Motorsport Control Arms - Rare Wood Grain Steering Wheel - OEM BBK for B5.5

    Parts For Sale
    Hello all, Looking to offload some stuff I've had lying around after I sold my Passat First is the OEM BBK for any 01.5 - 05 Passat. It includes: 034 motorsport aluminum control arms with brand new hardware and street density bushings (2) B6 S4 aluminum spindles (w/ dust shields + sensors)...
  19. Control arms

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Has anyone attempted or actually refreshed their control arms up front? How difficult was it and is there anything I should know beforehand? Thanks in advance, KT
  20. Help with control arms!!

    B5 Garage
    In the middle of replacing the control arms on my 2004 1.8t Passat. Everything is going great but as I'm getting ready to connect the bottom of the strut to the new lower front control arm I notice the bushing isn't as thick on my new control arm compared to my old one. It's about 3/4"...