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I own a '76 Z which I bought from a friend nine years ago.
I have always noticed the rear suspension A arm on both
sides of the car are identical. What I mean is that if you
look at one A arm on my car with it's welds towards the
ground, the other has the welds towards the body. It's like
they (whoever that is, PO or Datsun) took a RH (or LH) A
arm fliped it over and installed it on the LH (or RH). Is this
normal? I guess it's okay if the connection points and piviot points are the same either way.

Thanks, ross

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Cut # of part #'s cuts mfr costs.

Yup, that's how they are. Flip the RH rear and you have a LH rear control arm

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<b>RE: rear suspension A arms</b>

Yes I'm 99.999% they are the same. They did this to cut production costs and design costs. the new 911 uses this same techniqe somewhere in the rear suspension of the car to save on engineering costs and for simplicity. Sounds kind of ironic for a Porshe Eh?

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Actually, that's not ironic for Porsche at all. They've been doing that since they first started building sports cars based on their VW components. Alot of the parts for the early 356's were identical or interchangable with VW parts. This continued even with alot of the 924/944 parts, 914 parts, and even some 911 parts. Today it's tough to interchange FWD and RWD parts, so naturally it isn't done much.
 
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