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Old 11-21-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hey all

my car is in having the subframe reinforcement done. The rear subframe is out, so i figured now is an opportune time to replace the bushes. I have some AKG 90a bushes to go in.

The crash repairer cant fit the bushes, so they got some guys across the road to quote on it. $600 they want. to press 4 bushes. This seems a bit steep to me.

Anyone had this done, if so where? How much did you pay? i can probably get the subframe on a trailer or something and take it elsewhere. Although they are saying they wont honor the warranty of the repair if these bushes go in (they reckon they are a lot stiffer, but they are a street poly bush - should be ok) - so i may just give it a miss if that's how much it's going to cost.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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I'm having my subframe done by BMW AU. They're replacing the entire subframe which comes complete with bushes. Why not just use OEM bushes so your warranty isn't voided. Unless you track your car regularly the increase in NVH makes poly bushes an uncomfortable option. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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I'm replacing my sub frame bushes with solid alloy pieces. Should be siiiik


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Old 11-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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haha nah i'm not crazy enough to run alloy bushes on a road car.

these are the bushes i've got - black ones, 90a

http://www.akgmotorsport.com/catalog...ion%2FBushings

Those who have used them report no big increase in NVH. It's not so much the bushes that's the problem, it's the price they want to charge to press them in. For $600 AND a loss of warranty, no thanks. Couple hundred - sure.

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Old 11-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #6
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Cool.

I replaced all rubber bushes with poly's in a previous car and it made it almost undriveable on Sydney roads. Great at Eastern Creek, but not so great in the inner west.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #7
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yeah fair enough too, depends on the bush i guess. Some poly bushes are horrible. These are *supposed* to be ok.

i may just give it a miss, keep the bushes to one side and do them down the track if it needs to be done. the existing ones are in pretty good condition for now. Just be nice to get them done while the rear end of the car is out you know.

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Old 11-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #8
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Those split bushes should just push in by hand with a bit of grease.


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Old 11-21-2013, 07:05 PM   #9
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yeah it's getting the old ones out is the problem. The crash shop wont do it, and the guys they got to quote on the job want 6 clean crisp hundred dollar bills for that.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #10
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wow that's pretty steep Probably not worth it then Kai. So are they saying to replace any bushes it's going to cost $600 for labor? Sounds pretty ridiculous! I'd be inclined to ask BM Wise if they know anyone who can push in/out bushes for cheaper. I know those guys pretty well now.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
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yeah i think i'm gonna skip it this time haha. Price is steep for that, and taking it elsewhere is a fair hassle. Also i'd prefer to keep the warranty on the work intact for a little while.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #12
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yep sounds a better plan. how long is the warranty? 1 year? I guess you're also keen to get the car back and your new goodies on
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:48 PM   #13
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yeah i have to check the warranty on the work, i have to call them back anyway so i'll ask.

pretty keen to get it back, for my coilovers to rock up at the same time i get my car back would be nice haha.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:36 AM   #14
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:28 PM   #15
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:28 PM   #17
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That's outrageous, if the sub-frame is already out, then it's a pretty simple job. Maybe 1 hour, ~$100, if the sub-frame wasn't out already, I could see someone quoting that. It's quite a pain in the ass to replace them from scratch. I would definitely use the opportunity to replace them now while it's apart, no matter what bushes you choose.
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:37 AM   #18
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That is absolutely insane to press 4 bushings. This past summer I had to get a gear pressed out of a dirt bike clutch and I think they charged me $20. As for putting it back in, threw the gear in the freezer for 45min and the clutch basket in the oven on low. Popped right in and then when the metals expand and contract it forms a perfect fit. Not sure if the bushing have the same properties but for $600.....


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