07-08-2010, 09:45 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brampton, Ontario
My Ride: 2004 330Xi
| I used a wrench locked into another to provide more leverage (see last pic). Definitely NOT an air wrench. Actually not on as tight as you would imagine. Was able to get them off fairly quickly. Easiest way to remove old bearings is hack saw or air impact punch (see pic below; punched it out of holder), or as most members here will suggest, use a bearing removal tool you can rent.... Alot of guys also have mde their own tools.
I'm old school; I use a sledge hammer to loosen balljoints and before anyone criticises, I'm STILL RUNNING THE ORIGINAL FACTORY control arms (FCABs only replaced 2 months ago) and suspension is tight and checked regularly for wear.....
Here are some pics from my FCAB replacement. The smiling mechanic is my buddy/mentor; let's me use his shop for repairs and will assist..... Best indy I know!!!
Also, since I was taking pics, I got off easy this DIY as he removed and installed the FCABs into the carriers so I could take pics.....
DCT Electronic Shifter
Bilstein and H&R sports suspension, AA Strut Bar
AA Stage2 tuning
Conforti CF Cold Air Intake
Hamann Front Spoiler and Side Skirts
BMW OEM rear wing spoiler.
M3 SMG Paddle Steering Wheel and M3 Seats
18" M6 custom painted wheels
Custom red kevlar interior