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Old 03-13-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Alright WTF someone help me with bushings please

So I ordered new trailing arm bushings from BavAuto. I also ordered adjustable rear trailing arms. Well today while I am working on my car with the tech installing coilovers he tells me that I don't have the right trailing arm bushing. Well anyways he won't install the adjustable trailing arms because he says I need to get the right bushings. Well I just went to BavAuto and checked the Part numbers and everything, and the picture of the Trailing Arm bushing matches what I have. Can someone please explain to me why my mechanic is saying that this is not the right bushing for my car and that it will not fit? Also, anyone want to tell me where the bushing is supposed to go? If you haven't noticed I am very pissed off things are not going well and I am really starting to be with my mechanic.

Here is a picture and the part number is 33 32 1 097 009




If this is not the rear trailing arm bushing he wants me to get, what is?

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The green bar is the trailing arm, it has two bushings marked by the red and blue. He is mainly concerned with replacing the outer red bushing? What do I need to order to replace the red and blue bushings? Also if I have the Rear Trailing Arm bushing now, where does it go?


I am so pissed right now!
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:56 AM   #3
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I am going to break something
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:44 AM   #4
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You probably got an older / outdated style set, because the updated RTABs have Pac-Man type cuts in them.

I snagged this pic from DMW...

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Old 03-13-2009, 09:45 AM   #5
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Well, the guy said that they were totally wrong and not even close to fitting anywhere
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:37 AM   #6
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Wait...what? You're talking about the rear adjustable control arm. That's not a trailing arm. Your RTAB should have nothing to do with the install of your new control arms. I don't know why it's even an issue. Does your mechanic even know what a rear trailing arm bushing is?

Talk to Ruben at Desert Motor Works and get a set of Meyle RTABs. And then for added measure, you can run RTAB limiters from either Vorshlag, Rogue, or Turner. I have the Turner ones with Meyle bushings, and I'm very happy with my setup.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:58 AM   #7
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Agreed, your mixing apples and oranges! Next time go to realoem and know what the part is called before you buy! If you just bought new rear adjustable control arms, they came with bushings, right! Why would the mech change them?
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:18 AM   #8
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That "green bar" is the lower (wishbone) control arm and should have bushing fab'd already. It is very simple to install.

The trailing arm is the heaviest component that houses the bearing and such and has everything else attached to it. The trailing arm cost about $700.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:31 AM   #9
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Alright, this is what I bought http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ght=adjustable. I just need to know where to get the red and green bushings and what they are called. Also, does anyone know where the bushings I have now go?
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #10
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Looks like what you have bought aren't trailing arms, but:

"VAC E46 Adjustable Lower Rear Control Arms
VAC-LRCA-E46
For added performance and camber adjustment, others may stake claim but our custom made CNC machined Adjustable Lower Rear Control Arms are simply the best made controls arms available for the E46.

Use these arms when you need a wider camber adjustment range! Simple to install. No Bushing REMOVAL necessary!
This kit features:

* CAD designed and CNC machined IN HOUSE. Billet aluminum clevis end(outer)is precision made and hard anodized black
* Right hand and left hand thread setup so adjustment is extremely simple and repeatable
* Billet Aluminum construction means they are extremely light and ridged. Unlike steel arms, there construction enables them to not damage other suspension components in the event of a collision or track mishap.
* Assembled with the finest made in the USA, hardened, PTFE lined rod bearing ends available for years of quiet, slack free performance
* Kit includes 2 full arms with hardware and instructions"

So, fine if you want to adjust rear wheel camber and you want a "motorsport-hard" suspension setup without bushes then.

navigate through > suspension > control arms > e46 / rear, at:
http://store.nexternal.com/shared/St...t=products.asp

These seem to be a direct replacement for OEM lower wishbones. OEM ones are not adjustable and do have shock-absorbing rubber bushes fitted. See Item 5:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...40&hg=33&fg=30
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:39 PM   #11
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Alright, all I need is where to get both of the bushings that belong on the ends of my adjustable lower control arms.
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:46 PM   #12
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:38 PM   #13
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Check this out, bro. It'll give you a better idea of what you're looking for.

What you bought is an aftermarket version of #5. The bushings your mechanic wants are #6 and probably #3. call a dealership and verify.

EDIT: The bushings you have right now are RTABs, #4.

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Old 03-13-2009, 11:27 PM   #14
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He need bushing # 3. That goes on the Knuckle/Trailing arm. If they are worn out... highly doubt it

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Old 03-14-2009, 12:45 AM   #15
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Well, actually he needs no bushings to do the coilover install...
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:51 AM   #16
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Alright, all I need is where to get both of the bushings that belong on the ends of my adjustable lower control arms.
There are no bushing that belong there .. they install just as they are
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:18 AM   #17
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Wait...what? You're talking about the rear adjustable control arm. That's not a trailing arm. Your RTAB should have nothing to do with the install of your new control arms. I don't know why it's even an issue. Does your mechanic even know what a rear trailing arm bushing is?

Talk to Ruben at Desert Motor Works and get a set of Meyle RTABs. And then for added measure, you can run RTAB limiters from either Vorshlag, Rogue, or Turner. I have the Turner ones with Meyle bushings, and I'm very happy with my setup.


I am running OEM M3 bushings w/Vorshlag limiters. It's great!
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