Thanks for the response. It's a Herculean tasks getting the lower arms of my car for a long time now. I wished such parts are easy to come by in Lagos.EdBwoy wrote: ↑Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:10 amYes, the VK45DE engine from your M45 can fit in a FX35 engine bay; after all there exists a vehicle called FX45 which is the same body, only with a VK45.
However, you're going to need other parts and adjustments to make it work - transmission bellhousing, proper engine mounts, wiring, ECU communication protocol, just to name a few.
If the availability of parts is what has you considering this, then the swap doesnt seem like it's going to be any better financially. Also consider that your homemade FX45 is going to be a little different than a factory FX45.
In the US, there are a few sources for aftermarket suspension for the 03/04 M45.
I have pressed the bushings out and inserted new ones already. My problem is the ball joints are weak already now. Is there any way that can be replaced without the whole assembly (it's attached permanently to the aluminum lower control arms)?EniGmA1987 wrote: ↑Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:13 amInstead of replacing the whole control arm, could you find a shop that is able to get a polyurethane bushing of the same size the control arm needs and then just swap bushings? Unless the actual arm itself is cracked or broken.
Or just take the control arm off and press the bushings out yourself and try to find one the same size.
https://www.barnes4wd.com/Poly-Bushings ... _c_24.html
https://www.precisionurethane.com/polyu ... hings.html