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Old 10-02-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Control ARM bushing press

I'm going to replace the fcabs in my car soon and was planning on doing it myself but its $150 for this tool at bavarian auto. Is there any place I can rent/borrow one? If not dealer may be cheaper
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:05 AM   #2
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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If this is for your 330i, use the E46M3 FCAB; it is solid rubber and is much more durable than the stock 330i part. It quells the NVH and it's fairly tough. I have 110K on mine (2005 M3) and I checked mine for movement the other day with a large crow bar and it is still stiff in movement with no cracks in the rubber. ECS sells this part at a reasonable cost. You won't even need a press either.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:09 PM   #4
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The M3 bushing will fit a 330? Mine have only lasted 12k miles and they are shot so I am looking for something more durable but not interested in poly.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:26 AM   #5
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Crap - I was mistaken edlvert, apologies. In several conversations with different peoples regarding 3 series cars and their FCABs, I mistakenly mixed up the strengthened FCAB in the E46 for the E46M FCAB, which won't work on a 330 CI but looking on the Turner Site, there is a strengthened FCAB that is complete with the aluminum housing so the replacement process does not require a press; here is what I found which might help you:

Front Control Arm Bushings (FCAB) - Meyle HD Rubber - E46, Z4 (not M Models) (Pair) (more info)
These front control arm bushings are the same design as the original pieces but are 20% stiffer in resistance to give sharper steering and better response. These are the larger 66mm bushings with the housings as used on the E46 325i, 330i, and Z4 and an upgrade for the E46 323i and 328i.

If you have felt that the original bushings were too soft or the car lacked response then these HD bushings will be a great upgrade for you. The stiffer rubber allows less deflection, making the suspension react faster. You will immediately notice that the car feels more direct and 'connected' and the steering keeps up with you especially during hard cornering. For maximum effect, we also recommend the Meyle HD or BMW 'Sport' control arms as an additional upgrade. Meyle HD parts have a 4-year warranty.

These bushings come pre-pressed into their aluminum brackets. No need to press out old and press in new bushings! Just a simple swap! Price is for the pair.

Alternate BMW part number 31 12 6 783 376
This item fits the following BMWs:
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 328i 328ci 330i 330ci
2003-2008 Z4 BMW Z4 2.5i Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si
Part #: 31126757623MY
Price: $99.95 (USD)
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Front Control Arm Bushings (FCAB) - OEM Rubber - E46, Z4 (not M models) (Pair) (more info)
OEM front control arm bushings as used on the E46 325i, 330i, and Z4 and an upgrade for the E46 323i and 328i. These are the upgraded 66mm bushings used to eliminate vibrations in the early E46 front suspension.

The front control arm bushings are a key piece of the suspension. They are constantly in motion and take abuse from impacts, potholes, rough roads, and general cornering/wheel motions. To give a quiet and smooth ride, the bushings are made of compliant rubber. But the rubber can only withstand so much abuse before they become loose and spongy. This results in vibrations and possibly a shimmy when driving. A visual inspection will usually confirm that there is too much flex in the rubber or the rubber has cracked and torn. And if you're installing new control arms, always install new bushings to avoid duplicating labor costs.

These bushings come pre-pressed into their aluminum brackets. No need to press out old and press in new bushings! Just a simple swap! Price is for the pair.

Alternate BMW part number 31 12 6 783 376.
This item fits the following BMWs:
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 328i 328ci 330i 330ci
2003-2008 Z4 BMW Z4 2.5i Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si
Part #: 31126757623 (31-12-6-757-623)
Price: $109.95 (USD)

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...nd-mounts.aspx
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