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Old 04-30-2015, 01:14 PM   #1
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330xi control arm bushing

Was looking at a ton of videos and diys on these forums and YouTube about replacing control arm bushings.. More specifically their mounting bracket.

The ones that everyone seems to use have the carrier bracket from the control arm to the frame of the car in an accessible location.

I just saw about replacing mine and inspected it, but it is a different design from the ones I am used to seeing.

My carrier brackets bolt to the upper part of the frame.


In both of the photos, the bolts that the bracket connect to are on the left side

Will I need different carrier brackets (part #)? Or are they the same?
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:07 AM   #2
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yep, AWD and RWD have different FCAB brackets:

RWD- I guess the ones you have seen in the DIY's:


Our XI brackets:
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:50 AM   #3
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That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

Where can I buy those with bushings pressed in? Do they use a different bushing as well?
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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I think they do have different bushings, don't quote me on that.

My preferred vendor is ECSTuning since they tell you if it's in stock + I get my stuff in couple of days. Check them out: ECSTuning.com

I don't think they offer pre-pressed bushings for the XI. Might as well go for the DIY and save.
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