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Old 10-10-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Front/Rear Diff & Subframe bushings - Lemfoerder or Meyle HD?

They are about the same price. I have Meyle HD front control arms/bushings and the HD rear trailer arm bushings as well.. No complaints from any of them, give nice feedback, and they seem to hold up fine in the last 7k miles.

What's the consensus?
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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i had installed the Meyle HD rear diff bushing on my previous E46. i was very happy with it.
i have no experience with their other subframe or front diff bushings.
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback, just right this second bought the HD diff bushings from someone on here..

Anyone have any experience with their subfame bushings as well or would you suggest OEM for them?
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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I have PowerFlex subframe bushings on both 328Ci and 325i, which were installed at thessame timeas the subframe repair and full chassis reinforcement kit from TMS on the 328Ci and the same minus the repair part on the 325i (when doing a full suspension rebuild, all aftermarket tho).
For the diffs, I've used PowerFlex, Meyle HD, and TMS (328 now with an OS Giken LSD has stiffer diff mounts), the 325i which is a DD has a mix of Meyle HD and PowerFlex I believe.

I would suggest doing all the above at once to save on labor. The PF subframe bushings aren't noticeably harsher at all, but 20k miles later they show no wear and the diff bushings are in perfect shape, something I attribute in large part to the UUC engine mounts and "race" transmission mounts + enforcer cups. Eliminating the slack in the drive train seems to have a hugely positive effect on bushings wear.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback : ) Yeah I'm getting the Turner subframe reinforcement kit, diff bushings, and subframe bushings done all at once...

Last time I inspected the guibo it looked fine, but maybe I should do this and the CSB at the same time in addition... What do you guys think?

Trans mounts were just replaced recently, along with RTAB, RSMs, sways, end links, and all other suspension components.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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My advice is to replace any wear items you can at the same time, because you will save a lot on labour.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:30 PM   #8
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Ok decided I'm getting OEM M3 bushings for the rear subframe. Not going to mess around with anything else. Also want to get teh CSB/Mount and Flex disc as well, but does anyone know if the M3 guibo and CSB fit on all E46's? And if so is it even worth the upgrade for the M3 parts in these items. M3 ones are quite a bit more money.. Hell ECS is even selling some knock off brands - like Rein & HTC for under $30... So what I'm wondering is if I should go OEM, OEM M3, or just get the Rein CSB Mount and save tons?

Any advice from personal experience will be very much appreciated. Thanks
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