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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-02-2019, 04:59 PM   #21
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Just ordered these, new FCAB, & inner joints....weekend project coming up.

Question is, can you get a ball joint separator in there or you need a pickle fork for the knuckle side (not the inners).
I had to use a pickle fork. Replaced all the lower control arms wt bushings, upper ball joints, new lollipop brackets, all factory bmw. Been solid for months now. It was pricey, but worth it.
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:30 PM   #22
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Just ordered these, new FCAB, & inner joints....weekend project coming up.

Question is, can you get a ball joint separator in there or you need a pickle fork for the knuckle side (not the inners).
I was able to get the Harbor Freight tool in to drop the arm without damaging the boot. The Joint had only been in there a few years however. I just took my time and didn't go nuts tightening the separator and lots of pounding on the control arm to help it come loose. It was a tight fit and I had to tap the separator into place. https://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qu...tor-99849.html You'll need it for the inners anyway.
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Old 12-06-2019, 12:13 PM   #23
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ok who has tips for removing the ball joint without an air hammer?
I do have a 20ton press.
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:33 PM   #24
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Old 12-07-2019, 12:27 AM   #25
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With a 20 ton press you should be able to remove anything lol. With the right press tools I could probably do it with my home built 8 ton benchtop press. You still need to remove the "cap" over the bottom of the joint.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:23 AM   #26
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I pressed one of the control arm bushings in about 2mm rotated mis-aligned with the marking points....do i need to remove and re-press it in or can this be adjusted when they do the front end alignment?
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The original xi ball joints are offset, E36 ball joints are centered. So you don't have to line up the marks.
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Im talking about the bushings that are offset, not the ball joint.
You can get centered bushings but i am using OEM and they are offset.

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The original xi ball joints are offset, E36 ball joints are centered. So you don't have to line up the marks.
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Im talking about the bushings that are offset, not the ball joint.
You can get centered bushings but i am using OEM and they are offset.
Oop, I went off on a tangent...
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I put them on anyways....i cant even think about pressing it out and in again. what a pain.
Ill see how the alignment sheet looks.
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I put them on anyways....i cant even think about pressing it out and in again. what a pain.
Ill see how the alignment sheet looks.
IDK what that will do to your alignment, my guess the toe will be off along with the caster. That's the nice thing about the e36 bushings and ball joints being centered.
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I put them on anyways....i cant even think about pressing it out and in again. what a pain.
Ill see how the alignment sheet looks.

You should have used me. I press FCABs for various different Bimmers and XIs are the biggest PITA of them all -- partly due to the length of the bushing.
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