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Old 12-03-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
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Can I reuse some almost new Meyle HD FCABs?

Hi Fanatics,

I recently bought myself some Meyle HD control arms for my 2004 330ci vert, and to save a few bucks I got ones without bushings pressed on, because the bushings were replaced when I bought the vehicle a couple years ago

The bushes are pretty much new, and if possible I'd like to reuse them, but I see a lot of people saying you can't reuse the OEM ones, and that you CAN reuse the Urethane ones.

What about the Meyle HD CABs? Can I reuse them? Any tricks to make sure they are reusable when I remove them?

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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Puller plate in conjunction with a puller. If you just use a puller you can rip them because they'll be fused to the arm by now.

Personally I'd just replace them. They're inexpensive and very much a wear item on the E46. Might as well reset the clock since you have it out.

Last, can you post a link where the bushing is pressed into the arm? When did that become a thing?
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:14 PM   #3
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Maybe I'm saying it wrong. When I look at arms on eBay all the pictures have the bushings and carriers already on the arm. Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:06 PM   #4
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Well unfortunately my hand's being forced. My CA joints are getting bad and it's getting colder up here in the Great White North, which means I really need to get these CA's changed this weekend. That means no time to order new CABs or a puller plate as I'm realizing that's not something I can just buy at Crappy Tire (our local auto parts mega-store)

Any tips on getting the Meyle CABs off in one, reusable piece with normal tools?
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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Well unfortunately my hand's being forced. My CA joints are getting bad and it's getting colder up here in the Great White North, which means I really need to get these CA's changed this weekend. That means no time to order new CABs or a puller plate as I'm realizing that's not something I can just buy at Crappy Tire (our local auto parts mega-store)

Any tips on getting the Meyle CABs off in one, reusable piece with normal tools?
Without the correct tool this will be a challenge.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:12 PM   #6
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Late thread update! I ended up fashioning a rig to hold the center of the CABs while pulling them with a gear puller and they came off quite easily, and went on with a little soap to the new arms with no issues. Car rides like it's on rails again!
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