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Old 05-04-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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Proper pictures of Meyle HD control arms w/ pressed-on bushings

I just finished with these. There were absolutely no decent pictures of these floating around online so if you've ever wondered exactly what these look like, wonder no more! I have the raw originals to these pics, so if you do share them, that's fine, as long as you give me credit (especially if you're a vendor)

They're a little rough around the edges, but I don't have BMW control arms to compare them to so my opinion is just a preliminary judgment. Also take note on how far the bushings are pressed onto the arm. The nub of the arm barely sticks out and does not protrude beyond the round bushing casing. This should give DIYers a good idea on how far these bushings should go on the control arm.

Another concern I have (non-related to quality) is that these arms aren't compatible with sport package. I saw ONE post from one dude in 2009 where he says he called Meyle and they said these would create "dangerous handling" on a sport-packaged E46. I have NO idea how that's even possible as there would be nothing different about the geometry of a sport and non-sport E46. If someone can confirm they installed these on a sport packaged vehicle, I'd feel better. (my car has Bilsteins/H&Rs anyway) By the way, these were from oembimmerparts.com for $350 shipped. I ordered Tuesday and got them the next day.

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Old 05-04-2011, 11:18 PM   #2
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Nice pics and good write up.


That lens kicks ass too
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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Thank you hehe. It sure does. You wont find a single review on the lens either. Nobody even cares to mention this lens since its so "shitty"
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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Quality looks great or maybe it's the camera overpowering the crappy lens
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:28 PM   #5
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full frame definitely "boosts" crappy lens performance.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:30 PM   #6
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is there any DIY on changing your on arm control and bushing ?
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:35 PM   #7
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Yes, the DIY section of the forum.
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I never heard anything about them not being compatible with cars with ZSP... too late now anyways, as I've installed them on my car and I'm sure many others have, too.
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Another concern I have (non-related to quality) is that these arms aren't compatible with sport package. I saw ONE post from one dude in 2009 where he says he called Meyle and they said these would create "dangerous handling" on a sport-packaged E46. I have NO idea how that's even possible as there would be nothing different about the geometry of a sport and non-sport E46.
I'm actually looking into this right now, and there seems to be a design change at 09/2001. At the moment, we think the motion of the control arm might interfere with reinforcement plate depending upon the model.
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I've had Melye HD's with Powerflex urethane bushings on my 2002 (build date 09/2001) 330Ci Sport suspension since mid 2007. I have nearly 75,000 miles on them since I put them on. I have never experienced "dangerous handling" IMO and I've driven very aggressively on this setup.
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I've had Melye HD's with Powerflex urethane bushings on my 2002 (build date 09/2001) 330Ci Sport suspension since mid 2007. I have nearly 75,000 miles on them since I put them on. I have never experienced "dangerous handling" IMO and I've driven very aggressively on this setup.
I also have a late model build 2001 car (07/2001), technically it's a 2001 but I haven't noticed any adverse effects either.
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Ok my model year is a 2002 and build date 12/01. Anybody use this on a 12/01 build date or later? The reinforcement plate thing would make sense but I'm sure you guys with 9/01 build dates (MY02) have the aluminum plate (as opposed to the bar)
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Build date 04/2001 with aluminum reinforcement plate below, mayle controls arms and bushings for over 80k as good as new
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Very nice! Reassuring. I hope these take care of my vibrations. I have a feeling my drivers side balljoints are loose. Not sure.
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Build date 02/02. I have the the Meyle arms and powerflex bushings ( RTABs also )......also have the plate not the bar. Over 10k miles, and still loving them, except for a slight squeek when you get in and out of the car.
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Is Meyle better than OEMs?
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