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universitydaddy 04-12-2013 10:47 AM

BMW Control Arm Bushing Replacement
 
Hey guys - I need an opinion from folks in the know. My Mechanic says i should replace both bushings at once rather than just address the one that we know is in need of replacement. My contention is that he said they other looks good - do I really need to replace both?

Also, if I replace both - I'm thinking I should prob go with aftermarkets - something that will last "forever" but also provide the same or better ride quality. What are my top options in that regard?

Thanks in advance!

Also, for those of you that are novices like me - check out this video for a clear understanding of this discussion: http://www.bmpdesign.com/technical/s...eplacement.php

Vandyinc 04-12-2013 01:59 PM

FCABS should be replaced in pairs, just like brakes and struts/shocks. A lot of people, myself included, installed the Meyle HD set. Don't forget to use new bolts on them as well as the Reinforcement plate. A fairly easy DIY. You may need an alignment after installing them. Doesn't hurt to have the alignment checked afterwards.

nahtanoj 04-12-2013 02:08 PM

when i bought my '04 the CA bushings were shot. totally gone. i put the Meyle HD's on and have no complaints. i would do both without a doubt.

sgoetz628 04-12-2013 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by universitydaddy (Post 15334443)
Hey guys - I need an opinion from folks in the know. My Mechanic says i should replace both bushings at once rather than just address the one that we know is in need of replacement. My contention is that he said they other looks good - do I really need to replace both?

Also, if I replace both - I'm thinking I should prob go with aftermarkets - something that will last "forever" but also provide the same or better ride quality. What are my top options in that regard?

Thanks in advance!

Also, for those of you that are novices like me - check out this video for a clear understanding of this discussion: http://www.bmpdesign.com/technical/s...eplacement.php

My part time mechanic, who's also a good personal friend, replaced mine at all four corners about a year ago. Not all were shot, but he insisted that they must be done in pairs. Then he aligned front and rear.

Also - just wondering if you ride a bike and might know about good rental places. We're coming out in September and the Honda dealer where I've rented before, in Corte Madera, is out of business.

universitydaddy 04-12-2013 04:50 PM

Thanks for the information. I'm sorry- I don't know anything about motorcycles. Let me know if u have any non-bike local questions and I would be happy to assist.

nawewawe 04-14-2013 02:34 PM

Replace it in pairs and purchase some polyureathane fcab replacements i think uuc might have some.


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