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Old 08-19-2013, 09:10 AM   #21
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leaning toward this:

http://store.uucmotorwerks.com/front...arms-p573.aspx

Unless I can find the Powerflex in the US for near that price.
I have the PowerFlex Purple 66mm bushings in stock currently (LINK). If you don't want to deal with pressing out the old and pressing in the new we have them press pressed from Powerflex as well (LINK)

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Old 08-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #22
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leaning toward this:

http://store.uucmotorwerks.com/front...arms-p573.aspx

Unless I can find the Powerflex in the US for near that price.
Damn. I paid $150 for powerflex bushings pressed into an oem bracket at bavauto. And as it now appears above this post, ecstuning has the same thing for the same price haha

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Old 08-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #23
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I would not recommend the UUC bushings. I replaced mine with poly and could not be happier. UUC had fitment issues and made clicking noises every time you stopped.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:06 PM   #24
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I have the PowerFlex Purple 66mm bushings in stock currently (LINK). If you don't want to deal with pressing out the old and pressing in the new we have them press pressed from Powerflex as well (LINK)

Thank you ECS Tuning... sorry to say I was in a hurry to order something the night before you posted this reply to make sure I had something to install the next weekend and bit on the UUC bushings. If I was patient enough to wait one more day I would have bought the Powerflex from you. From what I read you are a solid sponsor and I try to support good businesses. You will likely earn my business with the CF strut brace that Mango did the thread on, it looks well engineered and manufactured (not to mention it passed the Mango Platinum Plus criteria). You may want to mention to whoever is doing your search engine optimization that I couldn't find ECS on the first 3 pages of google search with "e46 Powerflex FCAB." I would have definitely bought them from you had I found you in the search.

As for the UUC FCAB's, I installed them and am very happy. I was worried about Poly bushings being too stiff, but not the case with poly FCAB's apparently: I love how the car feels now, tight in the turns without any noticeable trade-offs.

My old rubber FCAB's, when I bought the car, showed signs of age (rubber cracking) but no perceptible slop. I had it on my list of things to change but they failed before I got to it. I started noticing that the car would pull slightly one direction when I first would touch the brakes. I inspected and found that some of the rubber on one side was squeezing out of the bracket.

Took me a couple hours to do mainly getting the old FCAB's out of the bracket, but overall not a bad DIY. I had to use a hydraulic press. I've heard of others using 3 jaw pullers but mine wouldn't budge with a puller.

The best thing is that there were some indications that my FCAB's were shot even before the pulling: more tramlining than necessary, especially when pulling out of my driveway going over the uneven transition/gutter. The steering wheel would really want to throw left and right if I was going at an angle unless I was firmly holding the wheel. I always chalked that up to "the nature of the beast" but not so. This doesn't happen at all now. Love the feel of the wheel much more than before. I didn't recognize the problems until they got really bad, probably because it is my first BMW and e46 so even with the bad FCAB's the car felt better than any car I had driven.... until now.

By the way, one person noted "popping noise each time I stop" with the UUC FCAB's which I don't have at all. I didn't get that post either until I had already ordered also...

Thanks all for your advice.
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