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Old 05-10-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Meyle HD CAB vs Lemforder

For several months now, have been trying to resolve a periodic vibration that seemed to be coming from the front (felt like primarily front left side) of my 2001 330 CIC at all speed from 30 mph or so and up.

I had redone most of my front suspension and some of the rear, installing the following new items: Meyle HD front control arms with new ball joints and bushings, struts, strut mounts, shocks, shock mounts, bump stops, sway bar links, and front and rear reinforcement plates. My tie rod ball joints were fine, so didn't install the new tie rods I'd purchased, hub bearings seem good, are smooth with no noise or wiggle, steering coupler looked in good shape when friend turned back & forth. Went through two alignments and two tire rebalances, one each at dealer, and BMW specific independent shop.

Would still get a periodic vibration, or minor shudder. After looking through several posts here and at Bimmerfest, kept seeing several comments that folks also had vibrations with Meyle HD CAB's that were resolved when they switched back to OE BMW or Lemforder bushings (which are said to be OEM). So I finally replaced the CABs with a Lemforder set, and got one final alignment.

Voila! A smooth ride, with no vibration or shudder. So just my 2 cents worth and experience. While I like Meyle products in general, I would recommend folks go with OE or Lemforder CAB's over the Meyle HD ones.

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I have had Meyle HD cabs for years now. No vibrations. Perhaps the Lemforder's compliance is masking another problem
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I've heard of people that had trouble with the meyle strut mounts before but never the cab's. I just replaced my car's original control arms and bushings with zhp arms and the meyle hd bushings and that's a GOOD combination.
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Where did you buy the zhp specific arms?
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i also had issues with my meyle fcabs so far. think it might be a ride height issue in my case though
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I have had Meyle HD cabs for years now. No vibrations. Perhaps the Lemforder's compliance is masking another problem
I kinda wondered about that, too, but was running out of things to try, what with all the other new items I'd already done. Only thing I really still wanted to do is replace the RTAB's but since the car is finally smooth, may hold off on that for a little while.

Anyway, thanks for your help. Alot of the stuff I've replaced was based off your's and other forum member's recommendations in previous posts.
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Where did you buy the zhp specific arms?
I got them as part of a kit from fcpeuro.com
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I kinda wondered about that, too, but was running out of things to try, what with all the other new items I'd already done. Only thing I really still wanted to do is replace the RTAB's but since the car is finally smooth, may hold off on that for a little while.

Anyway, thanks for your help. Alot of the stuff I've replaced was based off your's and other forum member's recommendations in previous posts.
a good tip is to never assume that all balancing jobs are created equal. try a different place. some machines and techs suck and aren't calibrated.

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