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· PassatWorld Elder
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That would be correct. The change was on the front lower control arm which is the one that shock/strut mounts to.
 

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This is the 'front' lower control arm for '98 up to split in 2003'
The tapered part is larger in diameter and the threaded portion is shorter than the later model control arms.
For vehicles with a VIN up to 3-072000




This is the 'front' lower control arm for '2003 after split'
The tapered part is smaller in diameter and the threaded portion is longer than the earlier model control arms.
For vehicles with a VIN from 3-072000




Here is an example of the nuts that may or may not come with control arms.
In both cases for newer and older style, the larger of the (2) nuts MUST be used. The smaller nut is no good and can result in separation of lower control from spindle knuckle.

 

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Just a question here. Does taper look like its shorter on the new control arm because it hasn't been installed and compressed the dust boot a little?
The old one clearly shows how the dust boot is not as 'fat' if you will, as the new one.
I think you'll find when you put the new control arm in and seat the taper it will push the dust boot down a bit.
 
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