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The sleek, sporty, eminently collectible and unique Ford Thunderbird is a great old school luxury sports car legend that uses a genuine Ford Thunderbird control arm to keep the wheels driving right when the going gets tough. The revolutionary Ford Thunderbird has been memorialized in song and culture, and continues to be a mainstay at car shows and with classic car enthusiasts. The Ford Thunderbird has continued to this day with retro models and remakes. Use only genuine parts to maintain value for this classic ride. Our excellent customer support sells new, OEM, rebuilt, remanufactured, aftermarket, performance and genuine type auto parts and accessories at discount prices to retail customers. Ford Thunderbirds retain a lot of value. They are a lot of fun to ride in and drive. The Ford Thunderbird control arm is an integral part for optimal performance and vehicle stability. Only compatible, authentic genuine parts do the job right. Ford Thunderbird control arms have to work reliably to secure wheels to keep families safe. We feature the largest selection at the lowest prices at our one stop shop for most replacement auto parts needs. Maximum performance requires high-quality parts and accessories. The Ford Thunderbird is an American legend. The best way to protect its performance is by using our top-rate parts and great customer service.

We stock these Control Arm brands for the Ford Thunderbird: ReplacementDormanGenuineMevotechSKPAPITRQAC Delco

Control Arms available for the following Ford Thunderbird years: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 05, 04, 03, 02, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93, 92, 91, 90, 89, 86, 85, 84, 83, 82, 81. This part is also sometimes called Ford Thunderbird Control Arms. We stock control arm parts for most Ford models including F150, Explorer, Ranger, Mustang, Expedition, Escape, Focus, Taurus, Explorer Sport Trac, Five Hundred, Fusion, Crown Victoria, Freestyle, Freestar, Edge, Flex, Windstar, Fiesta, Falcon, Contour, F150 Heritage, Mustang II, F250, E150 Econoline, Transit Connect, Escort, Probe, Explorer Sport, Taurus X, Ranchero, Fairlane, E150, Transit-250, E350 Super Duty, Festiva, Maverick, Transit-350, Aspire, Torino and C Max.

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Front Upper Replacement Control Arm Kit - for 2005 Ford Thunderbird - 498-115 Click to Enlarge
5 Stars
Replacement 498-115
Control Arm Kit
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Part Number: 498-115
Brand: Replacement
Notes: Suspension Control Arm Kit -- 2 Piece Kit; OEM # 6W4Z3084AA and 6W4Z3085AA
Product Remark: Kit Includes; (1) Front Upper Left - Control Arm and Ball Joint, (1) Front Upper Right - Control Arm and Ball Joint
Position: Front Upper
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Free Ground Shipping
$100.95
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(99) In Stock
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Catalog: E
Vehicle
2005 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - 520-249 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-249
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Left Upper
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
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Catalog: B
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1995 Ford Thunderbird - 520-250 Click to Enlarge
4.5 Stars
Dorman 520-250
Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
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Part Number: 520-250
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Upper
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
(10) In Stock
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Catalog: B
Vehicle
1995 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1995 Ford Thunderbird - 520-249 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-249
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Left Upper
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
(12) In Stock
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Catalog: B
Vehicle
1995 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - 520-252 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-252
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Lower
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$42.43
(10) In Stock
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Catalog: B
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - 520-251 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-251
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Left Lower
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$42.43
(9) In Stock
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Catalog: B
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - 520-250 Click to Enlarge
4.5 Stars
Dorman 520-250
Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
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Part Number: 520-250
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Upper
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
(10) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1996 Ford Thunderbird - 520-249 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-249
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Left Upper
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
(12) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1996 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1996 Ford Thunderbird - 520-250 Click to Enlarge
4.5 Stars
Dorman 520-250
Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
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Part Number: 520-250
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Upper
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
(10) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1996 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1995 Ford Thunderbird - 520-252 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-252
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Lower
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$42.43
(10) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1995 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1996 Ford Thunderbird - 520-252 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-252
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Lower
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$42.43
(10) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1996 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1995 Ford Thunderbird - 520-251 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-251
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Left Lower
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$42.43
(9) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1995 Ford Thunderbird
Rear Left Upper Genuine Control Arm - for 2002 Ford Thunderbird - W0133-1837448 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: W0133-1837448
Brand: Genuine
Notes: OE Replacement
Detailed Notes: Includes Bushings
Product Remark: w/ Bushings
Position: Rear Left Upper
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Ground, Overnight, 2 Day
OEM
List Price:
$211.54
Our Price: $190.58
(4) In Stock
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Catalog: A
Vehicle
2002 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1994 Ford Thunderbird - 520-250 Click to Enlarge
4.5 Stars
Dorman 520-250
Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
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Part Number: 520-250
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Upper
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$32.43
(10) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1994 Ford Thunderbird
Rear Right Upper Genuine Control Arm - for 2002 Ford Thunderbird - W0133-1837447 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: W0133-1837447
Brand: Genuine
Notes: OE Replacement
Detailed Notes: Includes Bushings
Product Remark: w/ Bushings
Position: Rear Right Upper
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Ground, Overnight, 2 Day
OEM
List Price:
$210.43
Our Price: $189.58
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Catalog: A
Vehicle
2002 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1996 Ford Thunderbird - 520-251 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-251
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Left Lower
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$42.43
(9) In Stock
This Part Fits:
Catalog: B
Vehicle
1996 Ford Thunderbird
Rear Right Upper Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 2005 Ford Thunderbird - 524-606 Click to Enlarge
5 Stars
Dorman 524-606
Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
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Part Number: 524-606
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Rear Right Upper
Condition: New
Grade Type: Regular
Package Contents: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Shipping Options: Ground
$110.98
(3) In Stock
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Catalog: F
Vehicle
2005 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Upper Mevotech Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - GK8598 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: GK8598
Brand: Mevotech
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Position: Front Right Upper
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Ground
$25.83
(2) In Stock
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Catalog: H
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Right Lower Dorman Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - 520-252 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 520-252
Brand: Dorman
Notes: Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
  • Directly replaces the original assembly
  • Includes pre-installed ball joint and bushings
  • Industry-leading testing to ensure a smooth, stable and safe ride
  • Durably designed - additional coatings offer long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance
Position: Front Right Lower
Condition: New
Package Contents: Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly
Grade Type: Regular
Shipping Options: Ground
$41.98
(2) In Stock
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Catalog: C
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Lower SKP Control Arm - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - SK80053 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: SK80053
Brand: SKP
Notes: Suspension Control Arm -- Includes Ball Joint and Bushing, Except Auto Adjusting Suspension
  • OE Style for easy replacement and fitment
Position: Front Left Lower
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Ground
$24.73
(5) In Stock
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Catalog: T
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Rear Right Lower API Control Arm - for 2003 Ford Thunderbird - 2703-94469 Click to Enlarge
5 Stars
API 2703-94469
Control Arm
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Part Number: 5580-07973477
Brand: API
Notes: Suspension Control Arm -- To 11/18/2002
Position: Rear Right Lower
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Ground
$147.98
(99) In Stock
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Catalog: P
Vehicle
2003 Ford Thunderbird
Front and Rear TRQ Control Arm Ball Joint Tie Rod End Kit - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - PSA59022 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: PSA59022
Brand: TRQ
Notes: Front & Rear
Position: Front and Rear
Condition: New
Quantity: 14 Piece
Package Contents: (2) Front Lower Control Arms with Ball Joints; (2) Front Sway Bar Links; (2) Front Outer Tie Rods; (2) Front Inner Tie Rods; (2) Front Upper Control Arms with Ball Joints; (2) Rear Sway Bar Links; (2) Steering Rack & Pinion Bellows
Shipping Options: Free Ground Shipping
$210.95
with FREE Shipping
(20) In Stock
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Catalog: Q
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
SKP Control Arm Kit - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - SKSK00144K Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: SKSK00144K
Brand: SKP
Notes: Suspension Control Arm Kit -- 1-Front Left Upper Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly (SK8596), 1-Front Right Upper Suspension Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly (SK8598)
  • Meets or exceeds OEM specifications
  • Rigorous quality control measures
  • 12-month SKP limited warranty
Condition: New
Shipping Options: Free Ground Shipping
$63.98
with FREE Shipping
(34) In Stock
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Catalog: S
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird
Front Left Lower AC Delco Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly - for 1997 Ford Thunderbird - 45D3464 Click to Enlarge
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Part Number: 45D3464
Brand: AC Delco
Notes: Professional -- New; without AUTO ADJUSTING Suspension
  • CNC-machined for consistency and high-quality
  • Undergoes impact, wear, and fatigue testing to help provide quality and durability
  • Corrosion-resistant coating
  • Induction hardened to match OE fatigue life
  • Designed to perform to the application
  • Greaseable where applicable: Allows new lubricant to flush contaminants from the assembly, reducing corrosion and wear
Position: Front Left Lower
Condition: New
Grade Type: PERFORMANCE
Shipping Options: Ground
$65.98
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Catalog: N
Vehicle
1997 Ford Thunderbird

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Research on Control Arm for Ford Thunderbird

The control arm on your Ford Thunderbird has two separate pieces. There is an upper control arm and a lower control arm. It is also called the A-arm and is referred to by Wikipedia as "a hinged suspension link between the chassis and the suspension upright or hub that carries the wheel." An indication that you need to check your control arm is a knocking sound or a squeaking sound when you go over bumps in the road. Uneven tire wear and the vehicle's tendency to sway back and forth are also early warning signs that service or replacement of your control arms or bushings may be necessary. If you wait too long the lower control arm can become completely disconnected from the suspension, making your vehicle completely inoperable.

Rear Suspension

To determine if you want to only fix what is necessary on your front suspension or if you want to completely redo the Thunderbird independent rear suspension depends on how long you want to keep your vehicle. You can follow some excellent Thunderbird forums to find out what parts make sense to change or replace together from other owners. Forums can be a great help because you will find people that have the same car as you do and may be experiencing the same challenges with their control arms, bushings, or ball joints. With their help, you can ensure that your suspension won't give out because you didn't do your control arm replacement when it was needed. You may even find a 1997 Ford Thunderbird front suspension diagram on the forum.

Watch a Video

Your best option to replace the control arms, upper and lower and the bushing is to do the work yourself. The price of the parts is reasonable but you are likely to pay a lot of money for labor at a repair shop. This is a job that you can accomplish with the help of some great online videos. Videos that describe replacing both upper and lower control arms are roughly 30-45 minutes long, so it shouldn't take you much time. There are also videos that you can find to describe in detail the replacement of the other suspension parts like bushings and ball joints.

The Cost for your Classic

The cost of the job is dependent on what exactly what parts you want to change. You can get the control arm separate or buy a complete front suspension kit. The kit will generally include both lower and upper control arms, ball joints, and bushings to make the change complete and get you back on the road. When purchasing your part beware of the brick and mortar giant auto part places, they also have a giant overhead to pay. Your best bet is to get your parts from an online parts supplier like PartsGeek.com. We will help you get back on the road fast. We only sell auto parts online. We don't have giant overhead and that means savings for you.

Ford Thunderbird Control Arm Reviews
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Your parts come ready to in stall and make my life eaiser also you have parts that local shop cant get and tell me there dealer item only. Thanks for all your help. - Sowers

- 1996 Ford Thunderbird Control Arm
5 of 5
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3/11/14 01:46 PM - USA

I ordered this part and it came much sooner than I expected it was wrapped safely and was the exact part I needed Thank you part geeks - double r

- 1995 Ford Thunderbird Control Arm
5 of 5
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10/8/14 09:29 PM - USA

Parts were exactly as ordered I'll definitely be looking here first for any future parts! - rob ford

- 1997 Ford Thunderbird Control Arm
5 of 5
Verified Customer
11/11/14 05:56 PM - USA

I ordered both a Left and Right lower control arm. Both are functional, and did come with grease fittings (as advertised) and are greasable. - Old Man with Old Car

- 1997 Ford Thunderbird Control Arm
4 of 5
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11/19/14 09:01 AM - USA

The first one I ordered got lost in shipment by the carrier, and Parts Geek worked on locating it, finally they just sent me a new part and credited the lost one. It took a little time but the service was good and I finally got it. - Good quality

- 1995 Ford Thunderbird Control Arm
5 of 5
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3/30/15 03:38 PM - USA

Going through parts geek I saved money and got all the parts I needed. - Sgarza92

- 1995 Ford Thunderbird Control Arm