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Old 05-04-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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Proper pictures of Meyle HD control arms w/ pressed-on bushings

I just finished with these. There were absolutely no decent pictures of these floating around online so if you've ever wondered exactly what these look like, wonder no more! I have the raw originals to these pics, so if you do share them, that's fine, as long as you give me credit (especially if you're a vendor)

They're a little rough around the edges, but I don't have BMW control arms to compare them to so my opinion is just a preliminary judgment. Also take note on how far the bushings are pressed onto the arm. The nub of the arm barely sticks out and does not protrude beyond the round bushing casing. This should give DIYers a good idea on how far these bushings should go on the control arm.

Another concern I have (non-related to quality) is that these arms aren't compatible with sport package. I saw ONE post from one dude in 2009 where he says he called Meyle and they said these would create "dangerous handling" on a sport-packaged E46. I have NO idea how that's even possible as there would be nothing different about the geometry of a sport and non-sport E46. If someone can confirm they installed these on a sport packaged vehicle, I'd feel better. (my car has Bilsteins/H&Rs anyway) By the way, these were from oembimmerparts.com for $350 shipped. I ordered Tuesday and got them the next day.

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Canon 35-80mm lens from the 1990s ($25 on ebay)

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