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Old 04-29-2009, 08:08 PM
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the trailing arm is the same for 123 and 126.

As for a 4 wheel alignment- on a 123 at least- it is not possible to change the rear alignment aside from using eccentric bushings on the Trailing arm(how??), or different springs/shims- so save your money.

and I have done both jobs- in my opinion, I would rather do a wheel bearing in 90 minutes than the 3 days it took to change the trailing arms. plus, if you want to do it right, you need to replace ALL the rubber back there- which adds up in a hurry- 2 subframe mounts, 1 diff mount, 4 trailing arm bushings, may as well do the shocks, maybe the spring pads, you need to remove and replace the P brake cable, as it goes thru a mount on the trailing arm, and then when it is all said and done, the wheel bearing may already have 400K on it.

but it is a DIY that can be done without the(less than $100) special wheel bearing tools.

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Old 04-29-2009, 08:23 PM
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It's much cheaper and easier to buy a rear trailing arm in a 126 model and replace the whole arm leaving the bearing in the replacement unit. It takes a lot of work and special tool to replace these bearings that almost never go bad. Dont forget to get a 4 wheel alignment done afterwards.
Agreed. I had the bearing go out on my 115. did some research on how to do it, priced the parts, and assuming I could get the tools I was looking at waiting a week for the parts, and then having to do the repair, which seems to be a royal bit
I went to the wrecking yard and bought a "control arm" and swapped it out.



but I'm a broke 20 something. If I had the option I think I would have spent the $300 to not have to do it myself. swapping the arm was a bear. $300 is a deal.
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