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Old 01-31-13, 07:27 AM   #1
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So Lexus wants 1200 bucks to replace my lower arms. Are there any aftermarket arm/bushing kits that fit 98 gs300? everywhere I go they tell me I have to go to Lexus because they can't find any with their resources.
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Old 01-31-13, 07:36 AM   #2
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Use your sewell lexus discount get oem parts or go to rockauto.com get MOOG parts.
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Second on RockAuto for Moog parts.

If this is the LCA that you need then RA carries it for Moog. $112 a side. https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/mor...048&cc=1316103

If not if you're needing the caster arm, then i'd PM Aliga and see if he can find you a used set with good bushings then you can install yourself and save about 1k.
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Thanks guys this is a big help. I'll get on this ASAP.
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Old 01-31-13, 12:58 PM   #6
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Roca sells the bushings for the caster arms and the control arms. They come together as a set for $125. You can have those pressed in and be done with it.
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^learn from this guru.
Haha I'm no guru man! If anyone is it's Sakataj when it comes to suspension. I appreciate it though.

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Thanks guys this is a big help. I'll get on this ASAP.
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Roca sells the bushings for the caster arms and the control arms. They come together as a set for $125. You can have those pressed in and be done with it.
This is also another route. Only reason this makes it a bit more difficult is cause you have to spend money on pressing in bushings if you don't have a press or know how, but definitely another alternative.

If you do look to press bushings though FIGS sells spherical bushings for the caster arm. They're 275 for a set but it'll last you longer than rubber ones if you're lowered or anything. If you're stock then it probably won't be worth it as much.
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If not if you're needing the caster arm
What is the caster arm? I need the part with the bushing. I thought there was just one piece involved?
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What is the caster arm? I need the part with the bushing. I thought there was just one piece involved?
There are two lower control arms on the front of the GS. One is used for alignment purposes and the other it to help hold the alignment (from what I understand) the one I linked you above from RA is used for alignment, which is LCA #1 I believe. The other is LCA #2 aka 'Caster Arm'.

Caster Arm: http://www.clublexus.com/forums/atta...d-p1020038.jpg
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right ok the caster arm has the bushing and the control arm connects the caster to the chassis(basically)

Repugante, I cant seem to find caster arms or bushings on rock auto?

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i don't want to start a new thread for this,
but while browsing rock auto i saw those drilled/slotted rotors. and i read on club lexus that i can swap the front calipers with ls40.
are the rotors worth it?
will i need special brake pads for those rotors?
will i need ls400 brake pads?
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i don't want to start a new thread for this,
but while browsing rock auto i saw those drilled/slotted rotors. and i read on club lexus that i can swap the front calipers with ls40.
are the rotors worth it?
will i need special brake pads for those rotors?
will i need ls400 brake pads?
Yes we can fit LS400 Calipers on our rides, but you need a RCA (spacer) for the front to clear the LBJ. So to run this setup you'd need...

-: Front RCA's (FIGS makes some specifically for people who want to clear for LS Calipers)
-: LS400 Rotors
-: LS400 Calipers
-: Pads
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Oh those spacers cost 150 ill save the caliper upgrade for last. Right now I need those caster arms, but I can't find them on rockauto is there an aftermarket caster arm kit out there?
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Oh those spacers cost 150 ill save the caliper upgrade for last. Right now I need those caster arms, but I can't find them on rockauto is there an aftermarket caster arm kit out there?
Look under Lexus > 1998 > GS300 > Suspension > Control Arm

They'll be there. Year doesn't really matter since suspension is interchangeable.
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But it doesn't say caster arm or '#2' which one do I click? I looked at all of them idk what's what. Please point me in the right direction.
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