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Im planing on replaceing my control arm bushings with Meyle ones from ECS http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328i-M52_2.8L/Suspension/Bushings/ES205223/

I was wondering if i should just go ahead and replace the bushings and the control arms since im the second owner and dont know if the first every replaced them. I was thinking the ECS E46 Level I Suspension Rebuild Kit
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328i-M52_2.8L/Suspension/OEM/ES205226/

I found a diy for the control arms finally. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmliu/3740236590/
 

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^+1. The likelihood that your ball joints are shot is pretty high with your car, it's worth doing them both. I did the bushings only figuring I'd do the least expensive/difficult fix first, and not too long after had to replace the arms and bushings again (since you can't remove them without damaging them).
 

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I just did mine sames parts from ecs. The car has 90K and while the bushings were not as loose as I expected I can feel the improvement. You might want to also consider the sway bar links whiule you are in there. A pair is only $40. Mine were ripped and looking bad and I suspect some of the clunking noise I though was the bushing was actually these links. I'll probablly add a set on my next Pellicanparts.com order.
 

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I just did mine sames parts from ecs. The car has 90K and while the bushings were not as loose as I expected I can feel the improvement. You might want to also consider the sway bar links whiule you are in there. A pair is only $40. Mine were ripped and looking bad and I suspect some of the clunking noise I though was the bushing was actually these links. I'll probablly add a set on my next Pellicanparts.com order.
so i probly should jsut get the level II kit, then. http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328i-M52_2.8L/Suspension/OEM/ES205227/
 
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