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Old 04-20-2011, 09:30 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by trizzuth View Post
you guys think that undoing those bolts on the rear trailing arms to check the bushings is just asking for an alignment? since they are so buried up under the frame, there's no way to inspect them without dropping the trailing arm itself, which uses that camber plate to adjust camber a little. I'm afraid that if i drop it down to inspect it, i'm asking for trouble.

any symptoms of a bad rear trailing arm bushing? i think mine are fine, but at 140K, i wanted to at least inspect them..
When my RTAB's went bad on my E36 it was obvious. It felt like I was really skating around corners, especially curved highway onramps. Accelerating around a corner just didn't feel solid. The play in the bushings was allowing the rear wheels to move a little too independently.

I haven't looked into it for an E46 yet, but I assume they make shims for the RTAB also. After the new bushings and installing shims, the car sat down in corners again like a champ.
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