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Old 01-23-2014, 01:19 PM   #41
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Can't do it for the 330xi. Only the two i and ci come with the lollipop and bushing already together. I've been hunting for them pre-pressed with no luck. The only site that does it cost 150$ per side.

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Ok. Then use a G clamp and a piece of thick ply wood. Cut a hole the diameter of the bush in the plywood. Stick a sepetate piece of wood under the the hole in ply. Put the bracket on top of the ply with the hole in it. Put the bush on top of the bracket, then the ply disc that you cut out on top of the bushing and, finally, the G clamp accross the lot and start turning until the bush is inside the bracket. MAKE SURE THAT ORIENTATION OF THE HOLE IN THE BRACKET IS CORRECT RELATIVE TO THE FLANGE ON THE BRACKET IF THE END OF THE WISHBONE IS HEXAGONAL. SO MAKE A NOTE OF THE ORIENTATION WHEN YOU GET THE OLD ONES OFF. Lay one down on a piece of paper and draw around the bracket and the hole in teh old bush.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:38 PM   #42
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Check the end of this thread. the fly offers the pre-pressed bracket service for xi's.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=996231
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:54 PM   #43
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Why are you running an xi in Louisiana anyway? If I didn't have to deal with snow, I'd totally bypass the extra complexity and drag of AWD.

How many miles are on your car? The FCABs, control arm ball joints and upper ball joints are probably all bad.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:03 PM   #44
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Well we don't have snow but we do have dirt roads and I'd rather not get stuck. It has 148k. I bought it with 143k

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Old 01-23-2014, 02:24 PM   #45
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Here's a direct link to the bushing swap page. $169 shipped is the best price around.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1000825


FCP Euro has the best prices on control arms at $391. There's a free shipping code I can give you if you go this route.
http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-...e46-e46arms-xi

The upper ball joints are $100 pretty much anywhere.

You need 18mm and 19mm combo wrenches and a 16mm ratcheting wrench helps a ton.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:06 PM   #46
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Just a small update: I got my wheels balanced again. Shaking is still occurring. I have free balancing with the tire shop I use so I figured why not for shits and giggles. They even went as far as to remove all old weights and put on some fresh ones. No luck.

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Old 01-25-2014, 01:23 PM   #47
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Why are you running an xi in Louisiana anyway? If I didn't have to deal with snow, I'd totally bypass the extra complexity and drag of AWD.

Well we usually don't get snow in Louisiana
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:08 PM   #48
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ORLY? So tell me oh wise one, what RPM range do these bushings spin at? And what RPM are they spinning when the car is traveling at roughly 60mph? What's that you say? The bushings don't spin? The bushings are static objects and the control arms only rotate when the car goes over undulations in the road? But they vibrate, you say? And they just so happen to vibrate at the EXACT same speed that a bent/off-balance wheel happens to vibrate at?

Man you people are retarded.
They're no longer static when the bushing is shot to hell and the control arm is bouncing around through the FCAB lollipop as he drives down the road.

The bushings spinning has nothing to do with this. Its the side to side movement (That the FCAB's should be absorbing but can't because they are worn to poo.) of the control arms hitting the inside of the lollipops that could cause vibrations throughout the steering system.

OP, Get polyurethane. It's been great for me. No issues with me counting about 40k miles. I got pre pressed ones to avoid the hassle of installation. I'd also recommend you change your RTAB's as well. Also to polyurethane.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:49 PM   #49
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I speed-read this entire thread, but didn't notice any mention of the condition of your tires (forgive me if I missed it). I think tires have to be #1 on the suspect list for vibes @ ~ 50-70, even if they aren't fully worn out. Next, wheels?

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #50
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My wheels are fairly new. Less than a year old. I had them rebalanced several times and the vibration continues. The tires themselves only have 3k miles on them and no broken belts. They have close to no wear so it's hard to tell if it's uneven. I already have the old bushings off and I'm trying to get the new ones on. I've been working so my cars been on jacks for the past three days but I should have it installed Monday.

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #51
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:47 PM   #52
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Update: I got the passenger side installed Wednesday. The symptoms have improved a great deal. It still has a shake but it's bearable now. I still need to change the driver side though.

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:03 PM   #53
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From the looks of you first photo, I don't think you'd be wasting money if you replaced the ball joints too. (Ignore this if you're already doing this.)


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Old 02-07-2014, 06:07 PM   #54
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I checked them while my bushing was off on my passenger side. They're still pretty stiff and I didn't see any play at all. I'm not sure exactly what the process is but I heard you have to change the whole control arm to change the ball joint. Is that correct? That's the next thing I'll be going at.

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:05 PM   #55
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You can do it, but most people just get the control arm with the ball joints on it. The xi is different, as shown below:



This is what my control arms look like: (This Meyle kit cost $320. FCPEuro offers an "Optimal" brand that is $220.)



The ball joint in the center (that's missing from your arms) is a separate piece that costs about $100 ea.



Hopefully, your joints are still good. The xi has a very expensive suspension!
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:15 PM   #56
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Cool deal. Thanks for the info

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