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Old 09-06-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Seized Camber Bolt - Thoughts?

Hey guys, doing adjustable camber arms -- the diy is a breeze with regards to moving the differential slightly back etc to get the driver's side bolt out. All went great until the dumb rusted camber bolt WOULD NOT COME OUT.

I got the nut and the washer off using a prybar to separate the trailing arm etc in hope to break it all loose.

So here's where im at.. using a ton of force.. the bolt snapped in two -- leaving the threaded end stuck in the sleeve. So i can't use a bushing puller to get the whole bushing off since the other half of the bolt is stuck in the bushing sleeve.

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TONS of PB Blast
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Tonight: I will be trying to drill it out.



Any other tips on this? I've got the other side to do yet too
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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Try Kano AeroKrill penetrating fluid. Try an acetylene torch.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:57 PM   #3
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Try Kano AeroKrill penetrating fluid. Try an acetylene torch.
The thing finally came out.. The whole bushing that is.. Didn't have a bushing press so I used my harbor freight ball joint press and tool 2 round with it while soaking pb blaster as I went and there it went.

Now to hit auto zone and rent a bushing press and order new bushings.
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:10 AM   #4
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Trying to replace the bushing was a fail... do they make Polyurethane bushings for part #6?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=33_0840
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:41 AM   #5
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Trying to replace the bushing was a fail... do they make Polyurethane bushings for part #6?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=33_0840
I didn't see if these are poly or not.
http://powerflexusa.com/bmwe463serie...erbushing.aspx
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:45 AM   #6
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It didn't see if these are poly or not.
http://powerflexusa.com/bmwe463serie...erbushing.aspx
It looks like that is what I need but it looks like that is the upper camber arm Where It Bolts onto the upper part of the car and I wonder if this will fit in the lower part down by the rotor
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:52 AM   #7
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It looks like that is what I need but it looks like that is the upper camber arm Where It Bolts onto the upper part of the car and I wonder if this will fit in the lower part down by the rotor
It's the rear lower control arm inner bushing. Take a look at the diagram and reference number here.
http://powerflexusa.com/BMWE463Series99-06.aspx
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:55 AM   #8
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I have got some arms off an E46 330 with an 80 A poly bush in that location made by Superflex. I have since upgraded to adjustable arms with a spherical bearing there. $50 for one arm or both for $80.
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Trying to replace the bushing was a fail... do they make Polyurethane bushings for part #6?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=33_0840
I apologize guys. #3 is the part number I am needing.
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Would this be it? http://powerflexusa.com/bmwe463serie...erbushing.aspx
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No. the pdf says that's part #6.

You need https://www.ecstuning.com/b-lemforde...FQaRfgodsbUA-Q
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Perfect that's the bushing that shipped to me but I had major issues installing the first one so I'm ordering these and calling it a day. No need to mess with a bushing puller then. http://powerflexusa.com/bmwe463serie...erbushing.aspx
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I saw that you did this. I wish I would've been able to advise you prior. Just curious why did you go poly? That's what I thought I saw in the pic but I didn't know they made it. If I were you I would've gone quad M3 balljoints. That's a fairly heavy duty location so I hope poly is up for the task. I would've went balljoints because well it's OE on the E36 and E46 M3, there's no binding associated with regular bushing (less suspension friction and binding), and they're solid. Not too late. If you like the poly and it works that's good. But you may want to consider an M3 setup in the future.

What are the inners like on your control arms? bearing or bushing?
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I saw that you did this. I wish I would've been able to advise you prior. Just curious why did you go poly? That's what I thought I saw in the pic but I didn't know they made it. If I were you I would've gone quad M3 balljoints. That's a fairly heavy duty location so I hope poly is up for the task. I would've went balljoints because well it's OE on the E36 and E46 M3, there's no binding associated with regular bushing (less suspension friction and binding), and they're solid. Not too late. If you like the poly and it works that's good. But you may want to consider an M3 setup in the future.

What are the inners like on your control arms? bearing or bushing?
Inners are OE. The only reason I went poly here is because I had very big issues pushing in the bushing straight with my bushing tool. I removed the rotors etc to make room and coated it in antiseize and it would just go in crooked.. The car Sat on stands for over a week so I went poly and installed by hand. The car feels great so far. Powerflex seems like a very trusted source and only carried this bushing that I needed to be poly.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:41 PM   #16
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I had problems with the right camber bolt and I think I had to saw the head off with a hacksaw (very close to the camber arm, but I was replacing that anyways) and then use a mandrel* (*google translated) to beat it out of the other direction (with the nut still on). That worked for me in addition with the added elbow grease.

Edit: Feedback a little late perhaps.. (didn't read the thread in it's entirety)
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