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      09-09-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Front Control Arm Bushings diy?

Hello all,
After getting a quote from BMW for $850 to replace both bushings, I'd like to do it my self but am looking for a DIY guide...

I can't see it being difficult job, just like some quick info..

Any Help?
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850 for FCABs, that's crazy.
- drop the structural bottom plate
- two bolts to drop the lolly pops
- a puller to pop the FCAB off of the control arm
- a press to pop the bush from the lolly ( many parts stores have loaners )
- reverse the process.
No alignment required.
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Thank you..

I was just looking to get this:
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-19...r-m-coupe.aspx
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Thank you..

I was just looking to get this:
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-19...r-m-coupe.aspx
Good luck. They're back ordered everywhere, even Germany.
I ordered a set from getBMWparts June 27th.
No word yet on arrival.
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Really? BMW said they could have the parts in 2 days, but I don't want to pay $280 for the parts..
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JM2C but I don't understand why OE?
they don't last worth a damn.
My right side was completely torn at very low miles.
The SuperFlex are far superior.
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How many miles are "low miles" ?

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JM2C but I don't understand why OE?
they don't last worth a damn.
My right side was completely torn at very low miles.
The SuperFlex are far superior.
^WHS ... he installed mine

I have no issues with the SuperFlex bushings and highly recommend them as a viable replacement to OE.
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How many miles are "low miles" ?
My original OEs are fine at 90k miles.
Figure if I put in a new set at 100k, I'm good for another 100k.
I wanted the full lollipop so I wouldn't have to deal with pressing out/in.

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Really? BMW said they could have the parts in 2 days, but I don't want to pay $280 for the parts..
I paid $125 for the pair. Of course, I don't actually have them.
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How many miles are "low miles" ?

Thanks, Greg
27K miles.

The problem with OE is that with the offset, there is very little rubber on that side, so it tears.
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My original OEs are fine at 90k miles.
Figure if I put in a new set at 100k, I'm good for another 100k.
I wanted the full lollipop so I wouldn't have to deal with pressing out/in.
I paid $125 for the pair. Of course, I don't actually have them.
Have you had a close look on the narrow side of the offset.?

The two sets that I have changed out were both torn in the same place.
Its not easy to see unless you examine closely.

I have one other set to change for someone else..... it will be interesting to see if he has the same issue.
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I'll give them a closer inspection this weekend, while I'm under there making sure my trans mounts aren't dissolving.
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should I replace both or one at a time?
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