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I need to replace my front left upper control arm - mechanic said the ball joint is worn and can be moved a 'fair amount' when prying with a bar.
I plan to do the work myself but am wondering -- if I'm replacing an OEM upper control arm with an OE replacement (Moog or Dorman or similar)... will an alignment be required?
 

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I need to replace my front left upper control arm - mechanic said the ball joint is worn and can be moved a 'fair amount' when prying with a bar.
I plan to do the work myself but am wondering -- if I'm replacing an OEM upper control arm with an OE replacement (Moog or Dorman or similar)... will an alignment be required?
Not required. Manual states: "Check the front wheel alignment, and adjust it if necessary."
 

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Checking is definitely a worthwhile thing to do. A lot of shops charge you a reduced price just to get a read - i.e. check the alignment and then you decide whether to adjust.
 

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First things first. Replace both front upper control arms. The other side will go in 1-2 months. I can bet you that much

As for alignment, it will depend on your upper control arm. Is it adjustable or is it OEM replacement. I had mine replaced with OEM ones and they're non adjustable therefore I didn't do an alignment.

For precaution, I'd probably recommend it since I do it almost every year but like I said, it's up to you.
 

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Andrew - thanks. I considered that, but the R side upper arm i think was replaced about 4 years ago with OEM when some lady hit my car to the tune of like $7000 in a Home Depot parking lot. LOL. I might order both sides anyhow, from rockauto.com, and pick up in a few weeks in Ogdensburg. 1 arm here = 2 arms there... same price. gouging at its finest.
 

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I might order both sides anyhow, from rockauto.com, and pick up in a few weeks in Ogdensburg. 1 arm here = 2 arms there... same price. gouging at its finest.
:sprint: I stopped buying anything from Acura in Canada unless it's a bolt or a clip. Most parts are 2-for-1 when comparing US pricing to Canadian even with shipping.

Why not get the skunk2 camber arms while you are at it then? It's about double the price of 2 US priced upper control arms but you get adjustability for the future.
 

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Andrew - thanks. I considered that, but the R side upper arm i think was replaced about 4 years ago with OEM when some lady hit my car to the tune of like $7000 in a Home Depot parking lot. LOL. I might order both sides anyhow, from rockauto.com, and pick up in a few weeks in Ogdensburg. 1 arm here = 2 arms there... same price. gouging at its finest.
Go to Trackwerks in Merivale and talk to Geoff or Josh and tell them I sent you. I ordered my OEM upper control arm replacements and they were like under $100 bucks for both sides or something. I remember it being considerably cheaper than Acura USA online store or Acura Canada (of course).

They're amazing for OEM parts. I swear they always get the best prices for our cars.
 

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Go to Trackwerks in Merivale and talk to Geoff or Josh and tell them I sent you. I ordered my OEM upper control arm replacements and they were like under $100 bucks for both sides or something. I remember it being considerably cheaper than Acura USA online store or Acura Canada (of course).

They're amazing for OEM parts. I swear they always get the best prices for our cars.
I've dealt with Josh before for a shift knob for my cousin in a secret-Santa exchange. That shift knob got him into his own car parts business all4track.com (based in Ottawa, 90% of customers in USA LOL). He can't get OEM, but if Trackwerks can, I'll call 'em up! Just tell them Andrew with the TSX sent me?
 

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I've dealt with Josh before for a shift knob for my cousin in a secret-Santa exchange. That shift knob got him into his own car parts business all4track.com (based in Ottawa, 90% of customers in USA LOL). He can't get OEM, but if Trackwerks can, I'll call 'em up! Just tell them Andrew with the TSX sent me?
Yeah, they know me. I literally just got my upper controls arms from them about 2 weeks ago. Josh's gf also drives a white TSX on BBS LM's.
 

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Ordered. :)
 

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Same as you: $112 for both, taxes in. They aren't OEM but are 'high quality, good replacements... better than grey box stuff' according to Geoff. :)
 

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I need to replace my front left upper control arm - mechanic said the ball joint is worn and can be moved a 'fair amount' when prying with a bar.
I plan to do the work myself but am wondering -- if I'm replacing an OEM upper control arm with an OE replacement (Moog or Dorman or similar)... will an alignment be required?
I've replaced my R side upper control arm with OE replacement (don't remember the brand) that I got off Rockauto. When I've done an alignment 6 months later front wheels were within spec.
 
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