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#1 chefgeoff

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:51 PM

Anyone know where I could get one? mine is a little twisted

#2 chefgeoff

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 06:13 PM

1980 by the way

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 11:51 PM

you can try car-part.com


That's how I located the only apparent Brat in a salvage yard in my state. I also found a rear-lower passenger control arm through this site as well.

Good luck.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 12:12 AM

Searching for Brat parts is never a really great idea. What you have to understand is that the Brat is just a different body style over the same chassis that Subaru used for the wagons, sedans, coupes, etc. All your mechanical parts and just about everything else forward of the bed is interchangable with a wagon of similar vintage.

So you should:

1. Post this in the WANTED forum. Or if you are wanting to know where to buy one then start at the dealership.

2. Ask for a Gen 1 ('76-ish to '81), 4WD control arm. Any model will fit your Brat (not 100% sure on the '81 GL Brat with the oddball engine cross-member, but most likely).

3. If it were me, I would just heat it up with a O/A torch and bend it straight again. No fuss.

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Edited by GeneralDisorder, 05 December 2009 - 12:14 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 12:53 PM

I was thinking about heating it and bending it back, because I hate spending money, but I was told it would lose its strength and be unsafe afterward. So you think It would be fine? Because I would rather do that for now.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:12 PM

I was thinking about heating it and bending it back, because I hate spending money, but I was told it would lose its strength and be unsafe afterward. So you think It would be fine? Because I would rather do that for now.


It's not hardened or tempered - it's stamped and welded mild steel - what strength is it going to lose? Whoever told you that doesn't know beans about metalurgy.

Besides that, the only forces it's under are tension and compression forces. The strut holds the weight of the vehicle and the control arm only holds the wheel at a specified distance from the engine cross-member. It's being pulled and pushed.

I have personally welded on them, cut them, hammered, etc. I've NEVER seen one fail for any reason.

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