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Old 12-27-2019, 11:56 PM   #1
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Z4M bushings on Meyle HD Lower Control Arms

Has anybody tried putting the Z4M offset bushings on Meyle heavy duty control arms? I tried installing them and could not get them to go on far enough to get the bracket to mount on the chassis.

I tried pounding one onto the control arm, with a socket and sledge, and ended up damaging the bushing. There is metal under the rubber where the control arm goes into the bushing and I bent it up.

Has anyone successfully done this installation?
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Old 12-28-2019, 02:11 AM   #2
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Haven't done what you're asking for, but general pro tip for any front control arm bushing install:

Get some lube, some of the water based stuff for sexy time will work perfectly

First time around I used a mallet and ramming against my fence.

Second time, lube got it on > 2 mins.

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Old 12-31-2019, 12:10 PM   #3
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I lubed the bushings and control arms with dish soap and still had a hell of a time. Eventually ruining the bushing. Is the taper on the heavy duty control arm different? I might try a different lube and clean-up the control arm with some sandpaper.
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Old 01-07-2020, 02:38 AM   #4
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I lubed the bushings and control arms with dish soap and still had a hell of a time. Eventually ruining the bushing. Is the taper on the heavy duty control arm different? I might try a different lube and clean-up the control arm with some sandpaper.
Did you ever get this sorted? I have Meyle HD arms and would also like to upgrade to the Z4M FCABs at some point. But I remember reading somewhere a few years ago that the tolerances on the Meyle arms are much worse than a Lemforder arm, but don't quote me on that.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:39 PM   #5
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I have this set up. My mechanic said he couldn't get the Z4M bushings on without using some sort of a lubricant. I know that that's not recommended, that we're only supposed to use dish soap for this but he said it was impossible to get them on without using lube.

When I got the assemblies back, I bolted the FCABs and rotated the arms while spraying brake cleaner to clean up the lubricant as much as possible and then bolted everything up.

I haven't had any issues in about 5K miles and the Z4M FCABs definitely improve handling and turn-in.

Hope that helps - good luck!
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:29 PM   #6
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I've never tried Meyle arms, but what always worked well for me with my ZHP and M3 was throwing the control arms in the freezer for a while and then sliding them into the bushing.
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Old 01-09-2020, 05:29 PM   #7
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I've never tried Meyle arms, but what always worked well for me with my ZHP and M3 was throwing the control arms in the freezer for a while and then sliding them into the bushing.
My wife would love that! Considering that it's about 32F outside right now, I don't think it would help.

I am going to clean-up the control arm and try it again. I need to order another bushing, first. I destroyed one trying to pound it on. Probably didn't do the ball joint any favors either. Came very close to getting it to mount on the chassis, so I'm optimistic. BTW, there is a hexagonal metal insert under the rubber where the control arm goes through.
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:18 AM   #8
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Ha well, I did have them in big plastic bags lol. 4F is a fair bit colder than 32F, so might still help. In fact getting the control arms cold and bushings warm might do the trick (+/- soap or whatever to lubricate the end a bit). I struggled when everything was room temperature - popped right in when the control arms were cold.
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