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Old 08-21-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Lemfoerder Front Control Arm Bushings

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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Put them on early July this year...1500miles???
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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Oh damn. Yea that's a plastic ring that the arm goes into but I'm not sure if it plays a role as to how the car drives with it broken like that. I'm sure someone else will chime in soon.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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I think this needs to be replaced...?

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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Lolwut? That sucks. If it's 1500 miles you can just do one. I'd say if there is more than 5000-10,000 miles on both bushings then do them both at once.

On a similar note the little rubber cap light thingies on my Meyle HD have all fallen off after 6,000 miles. My previous ones didn't do that. The more I see the more I think genuine BMW for this part.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:07 AM   #7
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:15 AM   #8
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Great product, I think just defective part.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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But Lemforder is genuine.
I thought for the FCABs only the BMW version was fluid filled? Maybe I'm wrong. I know that not all of the things Lemforder sells are exactly the same as the BMW versions (which Lemforder makes).
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:21 AM   #10
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Ya op, just defective ...

Bmaparts.com will have some for u.

I put mine control arm lemfoerder/bushing like 3 months ago.

Still going strong...
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #11
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I think it's fine. As long as the car drives fine. The rings on all the bushings fall off like that. Not sure what purpose they serve.. maybe a manufacturing thing.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #12
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I had the same problem with Lemfoerder bushings! One of them developed play in just about 2000 miles. Max at oembimmerparts is being awesome and is letting me get new ones and will be refunding me the cost once I send the old ones back. I bought Meyle HDs instead, he had no problem with that.

I wonder if Lemfoerder had a bad batch recently...
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:56 AM   #13
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passenger bush fine
drivers slipped out of position, wont last long like that
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It's fine, I had the same thing with one of my new CABs. Just push that inner part in.
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I'm going to check my bushings today. Good 20k miles on them
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drivers slipped out of position, wont last long like that
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People can't be having problems with Lemforder, impossible! Now I can't say Lemforder is good for everything. Okay next recommendation, everything genuine.

Just like the new Behr expansion tanks switched to another manufacturing plant and look like shiiit now.


And yeah Mango, the caps don't concern me but it's weird. My ca's now have little rings. Till' death do them part amirite.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:51 PM   #18
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I got these from BMA...they are great folks and I have no complaints with their products and their customer services is usually over the tops. I will see if I can get a warranty trade out.
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They've been great to me with trading stuff. my driver's side Meyle ring was pushed out when I had my car on the lift. I simply pushed it back in. Not even sure if it does anything. perhaps we'll never know
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So I've written about that ring before.

It can be pushed back into place. The bushing probably wasn't lubricated when it went on and it dried into a position on the CA, other than the one it ended up at after things got settled in.

Look closely, you can push it in.

According to my sources, shop foreman and director of service at JMK BMW, they keep dirt out for one and stabilize things slightly. Might be the final cushion before the donut explodes and fluid leaks out.

Push it back in and monitor for a bit.

It's happened a few times that I can recall here. I have inspected a brand new one and was able to remove and replace that ring...so no worries (unless you read some of my misguided posts!).
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