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Big thanks to James at www.bimmerworld.com for getting me a set of 60mm polyurethane front control arm bushings for my 01/01 build 330i.

Look for a install and review coming soon :D





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Where these very simple to install? I've been looking for front control arm bushings for a long time since I'm installing my PSS9s in a few weeks along with some new sways. I want to replace all the parts at the same time.

It seems that there are not too many options out there for replacement control arm bushings.
Can't wait to see you review!
Thanks!
 

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As far as I know these are the only available replacements and they just came out. I got them literally an hour ago. I will be installing them this weekend.

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hey Tim........what benefit is there to replace the stock ones.......is it pretty much like the benfit of replacing the rear shock mounts too to the M ones when installing coils
 

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sounds and looks good Tim, post the review and the source for the part please
 

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I had about an hour and a half to get started on the install, here are a couple teasers.



 

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This has turned into much more of a project than I wanted. It didn't help that it got very cold here last week.

Anyways after a lot of screwing around I have the old bushings out, now to press in the Bimmerworld poly bushings and put it all back together.

<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/tim330i/workarea.jpg">

<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/tim330i/bushingpuller.jpg">

<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/tim330i/bushingcarrier.jpg">
 

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nice review so far Tim, thanks for sharing


what tool did you use for pressing the bushings out ? ive heard they are quite tough to remove

how will you press the new bushings in?


interested in hearing your turning and driving impressions
 

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John from jersey said:
nice review so far Tim, thanks for sharing


what tool did you use for pressing the bushings out ? ive heard they are quite tough to remove

how will you press the new bushings in?


interested in hearing your turning and driving impressions
No problem John,

I am using a ball joint press I rented from Autozone. I had to make "tool" out of a 1 1/2" pipe cap and about 20min with the angle grinder and lots of impact wrenching. I would probably recommend that most people either get a shop to press out the bushings or buy new carriers as they are not that much. Anyways there will be full details in my DIY.

<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/tim330i/press.jpg">

<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/tim330i/bushingtool.jpg">

From Bimmerworld.com

"Urethane control arm bushings give higher performance under braking (allow less geometry change) and crisper turn-in characteristics"

Looks like the bushings are $89 for the set.

https://secure2.nexternal.com/share...2=108146309&Target=products.asp&CategoryID=35
 

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It looks like either a hydraulic press or the proper bushing tool would have made your life easier.



 

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teamdfl said:
It looks like either a hydraulic press or the proper bushing tool would have made your life easier.

You’re telling me :)

What is the tool in the 2nd picture? Oh well, once I figured out that I just needed to make my own it didn't take very long. Just wish I did it first instead of screwing around trying different stuff unsuccessfully.

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tim330i said:
...What is the tool in the 2nd picture?...
Its a bushing tool for removing and installing control arm bushings. Its basically a large diameter threaded rod with various diameter mandrels and cups for installing or removing press fit bushings. I bought it before I had access to a 50 ton press.

A cheapo 12 or 20 ton press from Harbor Freight is way more than most people need and will last for a lifetime of bushings, balljoints, and fabrication for the hack mechanic. I'm going to pick up a 20 ton for my garage soon so I don't have to borrow time on my buddy's 50 ton.


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Can you give me info on where you got the bushing tool, cost, etc? I will include that in my DIY so people have some options.

Tim
 
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